Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Douglas Leslie Maskell

Associate Professor, School of Computer Science and Engineering

Assoc Prof Douglas Leslie Maskell

Associate Professor Douglas Maskell is currently in the School of Computer Engineering since 2001. He received his Bachelor degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from James Cook University, Australia. He obtained the M.Eng.Sc. and and Ph.D. degrees from James Cook University, Australia. His research interests include reconfigurable computing and renewable energy systems.
Research Interests
Associate Professor Douglas Maskell conducts research in the areas of reconfigurable computing systems, algorithm acceleration, embedded applications & architectures and renewable energy. He is an active member of both the Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Centre for High Performance Embedded Systems (CHiPES).

His principle research focus is in the area of reconfigurable computing. In particular, he examines research problems that aim to overcome the emerging challenges introduced by the trend to incorporate reconfigurable fabrics into embedded and performance computers so as to significantly improve the overall performance of the computing system. This effort involves the development of tools, algorithms & architectures and system level modelling, simulation & design to improve the performance & management of the computing resources. Research areas include: efficient utilisation of FPGA hardware & architecture resources for rapid and near routeless placement & fast configuration; system resource management & inter-module communications for run-time hardware systems and involves investigations at the tools, algorithms and architecture levels.

He also applies his modelling and simulation expertise to projects in the renewable energy field. This initiative examines PV module and systems efficiency in tropical climates. Specifically, this work investigates: novel algorithms and architectures for maximum power point tracking, including hybrid architectures, operating under partial shading conditions and sudden irradiance changes; inverter architectures; and concentrated PV (CPV) systems.
Current Projects
  • A real-time safety system for Li-ion battery fast charging using thermodynamic profiles
  • APACS: APproximate Arithmetic Circuit Synthesis for error tolerant computing
  • Development of Scalable Bioinformatics Algorithms and Tools for Emerging Sequencing Technologies
  • Dynamic Reconfigurable computing: The next Generation High Performance Computing Platform for Embedded Applications (Official No: T206B2201)
  • FPGA Overlays for On-demand Acceleration of server-based HPC applications
  • Fine-Grain Dynamically Reconfigurable Paltform For High-Performance Computing
  • IBM Faculty Award Donation
  • Impact of diversity and module level storage for mitigating against solar PV variability in Singapore
  • Low Complexity Dynamically Reconfigurable Signal Processing for Cognitive Radios
  • Low-cost concentrating PV (CPV) systems optimised for Singapore's wet tropical climate
  • Maximising PV Array System Efficiency under Rapid Shading Conditions
  • Maximizing PV Array System Efficiency under Rapid Shading Conditions
  • NVIDIA Academic Partnership
  • On-demand Hardware Acceleration of Cloud Services using FPGA Overlays
  • RP5-Modelling and Optimisation for Architectures and Infrastructure (under main project of "Electromobility in Megacities)
  • RP5-Modelling and Optimisation for Architectures and Infrastructure (under main project of "Electromobility in Megacities)
  • RP5-Modelling and Optimisation for Architectures and Infrastructure (under main project of "Electromobility in Megacities)
  • Scalable Algorithm Design for Emerging Parallel Architectures
Selected Publications
  • L.L. Jiang, D. L. Maskell and J. C. Patra. (2013). Parameter Estimation of Solar Cells and Modules using an Improved Adaptive Differential Evolution Algorithm. Applied Energy, 112, 185–193.
  • Y. Chen, B. Schmidt and D.L. Maskell. (2013). A hybrid short read mapping accelerator. BMC Bioinformatics, 14(67), 1-14.
  • D. Nayanasiri, D M Vilathgamuwa and D L Maskell. (2013). Half-Wave Cycloconverter Based Photovoltaic Microinverter Topology with Phase Shift Power Modulation. IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, 28(6), 2700-2710.
  • L.L. Jiang, D. L. Maskell and J. C. Patra. (2013). A Novel Ant Colony Optimization-based Maximum Power Point Tracking for Photovoltaic Systems under Partially Shaded Conditions. Energy and Buildings, 58, 227–236.
  • Y. Liu, B. Schmidt, DL. Maskell. (2012). CUSHAW: a CUDA compatible short read aligner to large genomes based on the Burrows-Wheeler transform. Bioinformatics, 28(14), 1830-1837.

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