Dr. Darshika G. Perera

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Darshika G. Perera

Darshika G. Perera, PhD, SMIEEE
Associate Professor
ENGR-222, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering,
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway,
Colorado Springs, CO 80918, USA
Tel: 719-255-3404
email: dperera(at)uccs.edu or darshika.perera(at)uccs.edu
websites: http://ece.uccs.edu/~dperera


Other Current Positions & Memberships

(1) Invited Speaker at the International Conference on VLSI Design and Embedded Systems (VLSID'22) in India, in March 2022.

(2) Keynote Speaker at the IEEE Nordic Circuits and Systems (NorCAS'21) Conference in Oslo, Norway, in October 2021. Talk on Reconfigurable Architectures for Edge Computing.

(3) Guest Editor for IEEE IT Professional Journal , for Special Issue “Next-Generation Artificial Intelligence”, from January 2022.

(4) Associated Editor for the Elsevier Microelectronics Journal (MEJ) , from June 2018 .

(5) Member of VLSI Systems and Application Technical Committee (VSATC) of IEEE Circuits and Systems Society.

(6) Senior Member IEEE, IEEE WIE, IEEE CAS Society.


Awards

(1) Outstanding Teacher Award (2022), University of Colorado Colorado Springs, April 2022.

(2) Awarded Tenure and Promoted to Associate Professor, in Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, June 2021.

(3) Teacher of the Year - Tenure Track Award (2018-2019), Engineering and Applied Science (EAS) College, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, April 2019.

(4) Best Poster Paper Award at the IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Highly Efficient Accelerators and Reconfigurable Technologies, (HEART'18), Toronto, Canada, June 2018.

(5) Best Paper Award at the 6th IEEE International Conference on P2P, Parallel, Grid, Cloud, and Internet Computing (3PGCIC'11), in Barcelona, Spain, October 2011.


Recent Research Grants/Funding

(1) National Science Foundation (NSF), for my project on "An Efficient and Adaptive Framework for Real-Time Processing on Next-Gen Edge-Computing Platforms", from January 2022.

(2) Jump Trading LLC Funding, Jump Trading Compnay started collaborating with my research group and gave funding for my research, Funding from Jump Trading LLC Company, in August 2020.

(3) Cybersecurity Seed Grant, Title “Towards Composing Dynamic and Partial Reconfigurable Hardware Architectures for Cryptographic Algorithms on Embedded Devices”, Funding from University of Colorado, in December 2020.

(4) Other Grants Funded, Submitted, and Pending.


Other links

Research in our EmSys Lab

Teaching

Publications

Students

Professional Activities

University Services

Research Grants and Donations

My Google Scholar Page

My Linkedin Profile

My Researchgate Profile

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Important Messages

I am delighted to share this wonderful news!! I have been selected as the recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award for 2022 at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). I am truly honored to receive this one-time Prestigious Award. I want to thank my ECE Chair for nominating me for this award, my colleagues and my students for giving me excellent recommendations, Campus Award Committee for selecting me for this award, and the UCCS community for their continuing support. It is indeed rewarding to receive this esteemed award as a recognition for my contributions and my passion for teaching, attracting, and mentoring students. I am looking forward to making more contributions to UCCS in the future.

It was my pleasure giving an invited talk during the "Digital Design" session at the International Conference on VLSI Design and Embedded Systems (VLSID'22). I must thank the Conference Organizers for inviting me. Title of my talk is "Composing FPGA-based architectures and techniques for compute and data-intensive applications on embedded platforms". (See picture below).

Another one of my M.Sc. Thesis students, Jeremy Graf, successfully defended his Masters Thesis on 10th March December 2022. Title of the Thesis is "Optimizing Density-Based Ant Colony Stream Clustering Using FPGAs". (See picture below).

Ending the Year 2021 with a Bang!! More wonderful news before the year ends!! I received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for my project on "An Efficient and Adaptive Framework for Real-Time Processing on Next-Gen Edge-Computing Platforms" starting from January 2022. This project is built on my embedded/digital systems expertise in several application domains, including data analytics, control systems, cybersecurity, and machine learning. I am delighted to secure funding for this project, since I am very passionate about this area and hoping to make significant contributions in the near future.

I was proud to perform the Hooding Ceremony for my PhD student, Dr. Arkan Alkamil, during our UCCS Graduation Ceremony on 17th December 2021. This was the first in-person graduation ceremony that we had after the shutdowns. (See pictures below).

I gave a keynote speech at the IEEE Nordic Circuits and Systems (NorCAS'21) Conference in Oslo, Norway. Title of my talk is “Reconfigurable Hardware Architectures for Edge Computing”, which encompasses most of the embedded and digital systems work that I have been doing in several application domains, including data analytics, control systems, cybersecurity, and machine learning. I am very passionate about this area and hoping to make significant contributions in this area in the near future.

Our paper titled "Intelligent Cognitive Radio Architecture Applying Machine Learning and Reconfigurability" is accepted as a full paper for oral presentation at the IEEE Nordic Circuits and Systems (NorCAS'21) Conference in Oslo, Norway. This is the preliminary collaborative work that I have done with Prof. Jari Nurmi at Tampere University of Technology (TUT) in Finland. I am very excited about our joint effort and looking forward to continuing this collaborative project, which would certainly strengthen the research ties between USA and Finland.

I am delighted to share this wonderful news!! I got my Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor in the ECE Department at University of Colorado Colorado Spring (UCCS). It is indeed rewarding to pass this milestone, which will allow me to continue my passion for teaching, doing research, and services. I want to thank the UCCS community, my reviewers, my mentors, colleagues, and collaborators for their continuing support. I want to especially thank my former graduate students (4 PhD and 9 Masters students, thus far), whose excellent performance led to many outstanding publications and successful graduations, which immensely helped my tenure process. I also want to thank my family, who has been supporting and making many compromises to achieve my goals. I am certainly looking forward to making more contributions to UCCS and to my research community, while achieving many more milestones in the future.

Our journal paper on machine learning is published in the "Electronics", MDPI open access journal (I.F. 2.4). The title is "An Efficient FPGA-Based Hardware Accelerator for Convex Optimization-Based SVM Classifier for Machine Learning on Embedded Platforms". This is with my PhD student Srikanth. Full version is available here.

Our research on “Highly Adaptive Architectures for Edge Computing” is featured in our UCCS Communique News. Link to this news article.

My featured paper is published in IEEE Magazine in April 2021. The title of the paper is "Reconfigurable Architectures for Data Analytics for Next-Generation Edge-Computing Platforms". It was my pleasure sharing my research with fellow Canadians in this IEEE Canadian Review Magazine. You can find my paper here.

Two of my PhD students, Arkan Alkamil and Srikanth Ramadurgam, successfully defended their Dissertations on 5th and 12th February 2021, respectively. Arkan’s Dissertation title is "Dynamic Reconfigurable Architectures to Improve Performance and Scalability of Cryptosystems on Embedded Systems". Srikanth’s Dissertation title is "Optimized Embedded Architectures and Techniques for Machine Learning Algorithms for On-Chip AI Acceleration". Both research projects led to several journal papers and conference papers. More papers to come. They are both excellent students. I am very proud of their accomplishments. Arkan has joined IBM in New York and Srikanth has joined Xilinx. Congratulations Arkan and Srikanth!! I wish you all the best in your future endeavors!! (See pictures below).

I was proud to perform the Hooding Ceremony for my second PhD student, Dr. Anne K. Madsen, during our virtual UCCS Graduation Ceremony in December 2020. (See pictures below).

Our journal paper on hardware security is published in the "IEEE Access", an open access journal (Impact Factor 3.75), on 10th December 2020. Title is "Towards Dynamic and Partial Reconfigurable Hardware Architectures for Cryptographic Algorithms on Embedded Devices". This is with my PhD student Arkan. Full version is available here.

I officially started collaborating with Jump Trading LLC Company, from August 2020.


Recent Activities

It was my pleasure giving an invited talk during the "Digital Design" session at the International Conference on VLSI Design and Embedded Systems (VLSID'22). I must thank the Conference Organizers for inviting me. Title of my talk is "Composing FPGA-based architectures and techniques for compute and data-intensive applications on embedded platforms". (See picture below).

My Invited Talk, March 2022

Another one of my M.Sc. Thesis students, Jeremy Graf, successfully defended his Masters Thesis on 10th March December 2022. Title of the Thesis is "Optimizing Density-Based Ant Colony Stream Clustering Using FPGAs". (See picture below).

I was proud to perform the Hooding Ceremony for my PhD student, Dr. Arkan Alkamil, during our UCCS Graduation Ceremony on 17th December 2021. This was the first in-person graduation ceremony that we had after the shutdowns. (See pictures below).

I gave a keynote speech at the IEEE Nordic Circuits and Systems (NorCAS'21) Conference in Oslo, Norway. Title of my talk is “Reconfigurable Hardware Architectures for Edge Computing”, which encompasses most of the embedded and digital systems work that I have been doing in several application domains, including data analytics, control systems, cybersecurity, and machine learning. I am very passionate about this area and hoping to make significant contributions in this area in the near future (See picture below).

My Keynote Speech, October 2021

Two of my PhD students, Arkan Alkamil and Srikanth Ramadurgam, successfully defended their Dissertations on 5th and 12th February 2021, respectively. Arkan’s Dissertation title is "Dynamic Reconfigurable Architectures to Improve Performance and Scalability of Cryptosystems on Embedded Systems". Srikanth’s Dissertation title is "Optimized Embedded Architectures and Techniques for Machine Learning Algorithms for On-Chip AI Acceleration". Both research projects led to several journal papers and conference papers. More papers to come. They are both excellent students. I am very proud of their accomplishments. Arkan has joined IBM in New York and Srikanth will be joining a major multi-national company soon. Congratulations Arkan and Srikanth!! I wish you all the best in your future endeavors!! (See pictures below).

I was proud to perform the Hooding Ceremony for my second PhD student, Dr. Anne K. Madsen, during our virtual UCCS Graduation Ceremony in December 2020. (See pictures below).

My first female PhD student, Anne K. Madsen, successfully defended her Dissertation today (28th August 2020). Title of the Dissertation is "Optimized Embedded Architectures for Model Predictive Control Algorithms for Battery Cell Management Systems in Electric Vehicles". This research work has led to 3 journal publications and 1 conference publications (2 under review). More papers to come. Anne is indeed an excellent student. She has been working full time and taking care of her family, throughout her PhD journey. I am very proud of her accomplishments. She is currently working at the Air Force Research Lab in Colorado Springs. Congratulations Anne!! Hopefully, we will collaborate in the near future. (See pictures below).

Anne's Defense, August 2020

Another one of my M.Sc. Thesis students, Laura Homet Garcia, successfully defended her Masters Thesis on 16th December 2019. Title of the Thesis is "An FPGA-Based Hardware Accelerator for Sequence Alignment by Genetic Algorithm".

Laura's Defense, December 2019

I gave a talk at the IEEE Student event in November 2019. Title of my talk was "FPGA-Based Architectures and Techniques for Compute and Data Intensive Applications. (See pictures below).

I am delighted share this wonderful news. I received the Teacher of the Year Award - Tenure Track 2018-2019 at EAS (Engineering and Applied Science) Collage Award Ceremony in April 2019. Also, My PhD Student (Dr. Navid) received the Outstanding PhD Student Award 2018-2019 at the same Ceremony. (See pictures below).

We organized an IEEE Student event in February 2019. A local company "Radiation Test Solutions" gave a presentation. (See pictures below).

I was proud to perform the Hooding Ceremony for my first PhD student, Dr. S. Navid Shahrouzi, during our UCCS Graduation Ceremony in December 2018. (See pictures below).

My first PhD student, Seyed Navid Shahrouzi, successfully defended his Dissertation on 14th November 2018. Title of the Dissertation is "Optimized Embedded and Reconfigurable Hardware Architectures and Techniques for Data Mining Applications on Mobile Devices". This research work has led to 3 journal publications and 4 conference publications. Navid is an outstanding student, and I am really proud of his accomplishments. He will be working at the "Cypress Semiconductors" in Colorado Springs soon.

I received my IEEE Senior Membership from October 2018.

IEEE Senior Member, October 2018

I am delighted to share this wonderful news. We won the Best Poster Paper Award at the International Symposium on HEART (Highly Efficient Accelerators and Reconfigurable Technology) 2018 in Toronto, Canada (19th-22nd June). This paper with my MSc Student Mokhles Mohsin is titled "An FPGA-Based Hardware Accelerator for K-Nearest Neighbor Classification for Machine Learning on Mobile Devices". Just came back from Toronto (22nd June), after attending the conference and presenting the paper. This pictures was taken during the Award Ceremony.

HEART'18, June 2018

Best Poster Paper Award Certifcate .

HEART'18, June 2018

Came back from Florence, Italy (3rd June), attending the ISCAS'18 conference. I was there to accept my nomination for the VLSI Systems and Application Technical Committee (VSATC) of IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. This was taken during the VSATC committee meeting.

ISCAS'18, May 2018

My Master Thesis (Research Option) Student, Mokhles Mohsin, received the "Outstanding MSEE Student Award" for 2017-18, at our EAS Collage Award Ceremony in May 2018. Since Mokhles is out of state, I presented and received the Award on behalf of him.

Senior Design Team, Spring 2018

Demo with my Senior Design Team in May 2018

Senior Design Team, Spring 2018

IEEE Student Branch Election in April 2018

I am the Faculty Advisor for the IEEE Student Branch at UCCS. We just had the IEEE Student Branch Election on April 5th 2018, to nominate/elect the new Executive Committee.These are some pictures of this event.

Demo with my Senior Design Team (All female) in December 2017

Senior Design Team, Fall 2017

One of my students, Mokhles, defended his M.Sc. Thesis (Research Option) in October 2017

Mokhles's Defense, Fall 2017


Biographical Sketch

I received my Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada, and the M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees from Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden) and University of Peradeniya (Sri Lanka) respectively, both in Electrical Engineering. I am an Associated Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). I joined the ECE Department as an Assistant Professor in Fall semester of 2014. I got my Tenure and Promotion to Associated Professor at UCCS in June 2021. I am also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria.

Prior to joining UCCS, I worked as the Senior Engineer and Group Leader of Embedded Systems at CMC Microsystems, Canada, and led several collaborative R&D projects in Embedded Systems and Wireless Sensor Networks domains. I received a Best Paper Award at the 3PGCIC IEEE conference, in October 2011. I am a Senior IEEE member and serve on organizing and program committees for several IEEE/ACM conferences and workshops, and also serve as a reviewer for the IEEE, Springer, and Elsevier journals. Furthermore, I am serving as the Associated Editor for Elsevier Microelectronics Journal (MEJ) , and serving on the VLSI Systems and Application Technical Committee (VSATC) of IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, from 2018

Research

My niche areas of research and interests lie in embedded systems and reconfigurable computing. My other areas of expertise include partial and dynamic reconfiguration on FPGAs, special-purpose architectures, hardware-software co-design, data mining, machine learning, pattern analysis and recognition, FPGA and ASIC design, hardware security, system-on-chip, computer architecture, and VLSI systems.

I am currently investigating embedded and reconfigurable computing solutions for mobile and handheld devices. The major design constraints of these devices include stringent area and power, increase speed performance, decrease cost and shorten time-to-market requirements. To satisfy these constraints, it is imperative to incorporate some special-purpose hardware into embedded systems designs, which provides superior speed performance, lower power consumption, and area efficiency compared to general-purpose microprocessors. Reconfigurable computing systems are desirable, particularly in situations, where all the computation circuitry does not fit into the chip simultaneously. These systems have similar advantages as special-purpose hardware, and have added advantages: single chip to perform various computations, flexible computing platform, and reduced time-to-market. In this domain, I am also investigating new design methodologies, including dynamic reconfigurable techniques, to enhance the reconfiguration flow.

My current focus is on data mining applications, specifically biometric applications. Embedded solutions for biometric applications on mobile devices are being explored extensively by the finance, security, and defense sectors in many countries. I am planning to explore other fields including big data analysis, cryptography, digital signal processing, robotics, bioinformatics, and communications, to investigate how various applications of these fields could potentially benefit from embedded and reconfigurable computing solutions.


Last updated on 14th June 2022