Oliver Diessel

Associate Professor
Computer Science & Engineering
Contact details:
+61 2 9385 7384
+61 2 9385 5995

School of Computer Science & Engineering (K17)
Level 5, Room 501B
Kensington Campus

Dr Oliver Diessel is an Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering.

Research interests


I develop methods for the design, test and implementation of digital systems in reconfigurable logic devices called Field-Programmable Gate Arrays.

My interest is in dynamically reconfigurable digital systems in which the circuits are modified while the system is operational.

I aim to promote the use of reconfigurable systems through the development of architectures, design methods and tools that enhance their benefits and reduce their costs.

Interest in engineering

Why did you get into engineering?

A fascination with technology and a natural tendency towards mathematics and science.

What are your research goals?

To develop smart devices that can act independently to benefit people.

What do people not understand about what you do?

They think I can help with practical issues such as fixing their PC or advising them on the best machine to buy. They would be better off asking me some theoretical questions.

Advice for prospective computer engineers & scientists

A career in computer engineering or computer science can see you changing the world. With this great power comes great responsibility. Keep an open mind to the wider implications of what you learn and do. And follow your dream.

Lectures/Courses taught

Configurable Systems

COMP4601 – Design Project B, UNSW (2009 – present)

Computer Architecture

COMP4211 – Advanced Architectures and Algorithms, UNSW (2004 – 2006)

COMP3211 – Computer Architecture, UNSW (2002 – 2006, 2012)

Digital Systems

COMP3222 – Digital Circuits and Systems, UNSW (2008, 2010 – present)

FPGA Implementation of Digital Systems using Verilog, Harbin Institute of Technology (2014 - present)

COMP2021 – Digital Systems Structures, UNSW (2000 – 2004)

FPGA Design Course, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (2003)

Computer Programming

COMP1921 – Data Structures and Algorithms, UNSW (2008 – 2009)

XCMP1000 – Computing 1, UNSW Asia (2007)

COMP1021 – Computing 1B, UNSW (2005)

Professional Issues & Ethics

COMP4920 – Professional Issues and Ethics, UNSW (2001)


Number currently in lab: 2

Number graduated: 6

Student Projects:

Current students work on design of fault-tolerant FPGA-based systems for space and fine-grained accelerators for heterogeneous devices.

Previous students have worked on multi-core task migration, the verification of dynamically reconfigurable systems, communications infrastructure for module-based dynamically reconfigurable systems, and configuration encoding techniques for rapid reconfiguration.

Looking for students for projects related to:

Dynamic modular reconfiguration of FPGA-based TMR circuits. This project involves the development of techniques to meet reliability, performance and resource constraints for SRAM FPGA-based implementations of digital systems to recover from radiation-induced Single Event Upsets. We are investigating design approaches, CAD tools for circuit synthesis, partitioning and layout, and benchmarking with circuits typical of applications deployed in space.

Run-time validation of FPGA-based computations. Computational tasks hosted on FPGA devices are increasingly susceptible to run-time errors due to process variation, device degradation and radiation. This project seeks to develop efficient (better than TMR) techniques for checking the correctness of tasks while they are running. Another thrust is to validate dynamically acquired FPGA configurations.

Professional Organisations and Consulting positions

IEEE Member

Editorial Board, ACM Transactions on Reconfigurable Technology and Systems



PhD, University of Newcastle, Australia, 1998


B.E. (Computer, Hons), University of Newcastle, Australia, 1991

B.Math., University of Newcastle, Australia, 1991