Professor Tanya Vladimirova

Embedded Systems & Microelectronics Design

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Chair in Engineering

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Personal details

MEng MSc PhD CEng FIET SMIEEE MACM FHEA
Director of Enterprise, Department of Engineering
Co-Director, Institute for Space and Earth Observation
Electrical and Electronic Signals & Systems Research Group

Location: Room E1004, Engineering Building 

We have a fully funded postgraduate MPhil position, advertised here, which is aimed at the development of “A novel precision agriculture decision support tool to help farmers determine nitrogen fertiliser application plans using satellite imagery.”

I was educated in Bulgaria and Russia and was awarded the PhD degree by the St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University 'LETI' for my work on VLSI design of high-speed application-specific processors. I worked for five years as a Senior Research Fellow at the Central Laboratory for Bioinstrumentation and Automation of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, researching new techniques for computer control of biotechnology and bioelectronics. This was followed by a two-year appointment as a Lecturer at the Technical University of Sofia.

I moved to the UK in 1991 joining the Medical Electronics Group of Staffordshire University as a Research Assistant. I was appointed as a Lecturer at the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering of the University of Surrey in 1992 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer and Reader in 2001 and 2008, respectively. In 1997 I was seconded to the ASIC Design Centre of Motorola Ltd. in East Kilbride, Scotland, where I was involved in single-chip microcontroller design. In 1998 I joined the Surrey Space Centre, where I founded and lead the Microelectronics Design and Embedded Systems research group.

Since April 2011 I have been a Professor at the Department of Engineering, University of Leicester where I have been active in research on microelectronics design and embedded systems for space applications. I have acted as the Principal Investigator on a large number of research projects concerned with integrated circuit design (FPGAs and ASICs), reconfigurable computing, wireless sensor networks, distributed processing, computational intelligence techniques and image processing for use on board satellites. My research has been sponsored by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), UK; European Research Framework Programme FP7; European Space Agency (ESA); US Air Force Research Labs (AFRL); industrial companies, such as Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL), Airbus Defence and Space, as well as other funding bodies.

I have authored and co-authored over 190 published papers. 20 PhD students have successfully completed their PhD studies under my supervision. My teaching duties have included lecturing on ASIC Design and VLSI Systems, digital design with VHDL, computer architecture and microprocessor design, software engineering, C/C++ programming, digital signal processing and bioelectronics. At present, I am a Member of the UK Engineering Professors' Council Committee, Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, and a Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College. I am also involved in evaluation of research proposals and reviews of funded projects at European level. I acted as the General Chair of the 9th NASA/ESA International Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems (AHS-2014), Leicester, 14-18 July 2014. I have also served as:

  • Visiting Professor to the Surrey Space Centre, University of Surrey
  • Session Organiser for the IEEE Aerospace Conference
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the CubeSat research network (part of the UK Sensors and Instrumentation Knowledge Transfer Network)
  • Member of the executive team of the IET Professional Network 'Microelectronics and Embedded Systems'
  • Co-Chair of the NASA International Conference on Military and Aerospace Applications of Programmable Logic Devices (MAPLD)
  • Visiting Professor to the School of Engineering of Shandong University, Jinan, China
  • Tan Chin Tuan Research Fellow at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore
  • Associate Editor for the Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • International expert for the USA National Science Foundation and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research of Singapore

Teaching

  • EG3322 Digital Signal Processing, undergraduate final year module - 2012-2014
  • EG7016 Design of Discrete Systems, MSc module - 2012-2014
  • EG7540 Using FPGAs in High Integrity Embedded Systems, MSc module - 2014-2017
  • EG7560 Multi-Processor and Multi-Core Designs for Reliable Embedded Systems, MSc module - 2015-2017

Research

My research interests are in the areas of embedded systems and microelectronics design for intelligent autonomous systems. Current activities can be divided into four streams:

  1. High-performance data and image processing in networked embedded systems.
  2. Hardware acceleration of computationally intensive DSP algorithms using FPGAs and ASICs.
  3. VLSI system-on-a-chip design for hostile environments with a focus on reliability and low power.
  4. Fault-tolerant cooperative distributed systems.

Targeted application domains are: space, aerospace, automotive, medical analysis.

Research Grants

1. FP7 space grant "ReVuS: Reducing Vulnerability of Space Systems", co-ordinated by Airbus Defence and Space, France.

2. Research grant on "Failure-Detection, Fault-Isolation and Recovery Schemes for Reconfigurable FPGA-Based Systems", sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA), Airbus Defence and Space, UK and the University of Leicester.

3. FP7 space grant "SWIPE: Space Wireless Sensor Networks for Planetary Exploration", co-ordinated by Tekever, Portugal.

4. FP7 security grant "DBOX: Demining Tool-Box for Humanitarian Clearing of Large Scale Areas from Anti-personnel Landmines and Cluster Munitions", co-ordinated by Airbus Defence and Space, France.

5. InnovateUK / NERC grant "Nitrogen Fertiliser Management for Precision Agriculture using Satellite Imagery" with PCNL, UK. Press release

I am the founder and leader of the Advanced Space Design Laboratory (ASDL) of the Department of Engineering, the activities of which are aimed at developing advanced on-board electronics & computing as well as very small satellites (nano-, pico- and femto-satellites), such as CubeSats and Satellites-on-a-Printed-Circuit-board (PCBSat) with the objective to test TRL in space and carry out low-cost scientific experiments. I also lead the University of Leicester CubeSat project "UoLSat".

Key-Notes, Invited Presentations and Lectures

  1. IET Lecture 'Educational Satellites: Past, Present and Future of the CubeSat Platform', 3 March 2015, University of Leicester.
  2. Key-note address 'Challenges of Embedded Systems for Mission Critical Applications', 5th International Conference on Emerging Security Technologies (EST), 12 September 2014, Alcala de Henares, Madrid, Spain.
  3. Key-note address 'Microelectronics and Embedded Systems for Space Applications', NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems (AHS-2012), 28 June 2012, Erlangen, Germany.
  4. Plenary talk 'Microelectronics Design and Embedded Systems for Small Satellites' at the 11th Australian Space Science Conference (ASSC), 27 September 2011, Canberra, Australia
  5. Key-note address 'Applications of Embedded Systems in Space Technology' at the Jordan International Electrical and Electronics Engineering Conference (JIEEEC), Amman, Jordan, 11 April 2011.
  6. Key-note presentation 'UK Space Technology: An Overview of R&D in Space Technology' at the Embedded Live Conference, 20 October 2010, London
  7. Invited presentation 'FPGA-Based On-Board Multi/Hyperspectral image Compression System' - IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS’09), Cape Town, South Africa, 7-11 July 2009, special session on High Performance Computing for Hyperspectral Image Analysis
  8. Invited presentation 'Emergency Response Networks for Disaster Monitoring and Detection from Space' - SPIE Defence, Security and Sensing Conference, 'Evolutionary and Bio-Inspired Computation Symposium', special session on Situational Awareness from Space and Airborne Platforms, 15 April 2009, Orlando, Florida
  9. Annual Hugh Macmillan Memorial Lecture 'Challenges of Engineering in Space' - Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland, IESIS, 10 March 2009, Strathclyde University, Glasgow
  10. Keynote address 'Earth Observation Satellites: Preserving the Environment' – International Conference on Earth, Energy and Engineering”, Ranchi, India, 24-25 October 2008.

Supervision

PhD Students (since 2011)

  • Jean R Paul, "Application of Wireless Technologies for Inter-Node Connectivity in Satellite Clusters", completed April 2011.
  • Chafik Egho, "Acceleration of Hyperspectral Image Compression for Remote Sensing Applications", completed October 2014.
  • Muhammad Fayyaz, "Task Oriented Fault-Tolerant Distributed Computing for Use on Board Spacecraft", completed September 2015.
  • Nor Rizuan Mat Noor,"Karhunen-Loève Transform based Lossless Hyperspectral Image Compression for Space Applications", completed October 2015.
  • Felix Siegle, "Fault Detection, Isolation and Recovery Schemes for Space Borne Reconfigurable FPGA-Based Systems", completed December 2015.
  • Ian Griffiths, "Location Techniques for Pico- and Femto-Satellites, with Applications for Space Weather Monitoring", completed March 2017.
  • Hongyuan Jing
  • Saad A Malik
  • Felipe Brubeck Hernandez

Publications

Journal Publications

M. Fayyaz and T. Vladimirova “Survey and Future Directions of Fault-Tolerant Distributed Computing on Board Spacecraft”, Advances in Space Research, Vol. 58, Issue 11, 1 December 2016, pp. 2352–2375, Elsevier, doi: 10.1016/j.asr.2016.08.017.
F. Siegle, T. Vladimirova, J. Ilstad, and O. Emam. “Availability Analysis for Satellite Data Processing Systems Based on SRAM FPGAs”, IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, Vol. 52, Issue 3, 2016, pp. 977 - 989, doi: 10.1109/TAES.2016.140914.
X. Zhai and T. Vladimirova, “Efficient Data Processing Algorithms for Wireless Sensor Networks based Planetary Exploration”, AIAA Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2016, pp. 46-66.
F. Siegle, T. Vladimirova, O. Emam and J. Ilstad, "Mitigation of Radiation Effects in SRAM-based FPGAs for Space Applications", ACM Computing Surveys Journal, Vol. 47,  issue 2, January 2015, article No. 37, pp. 37:1-37:34.
C.P.Bridges and T. Vladimirova. “Towards an Agent Computing Platform for Distributed Computing on Satellites”, IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, vol. 49, issue 3, pp. 1824-1838, July 2013.
S. Lopez, T. Vladimirova, C. González, J. Resano, D. Mozos and A. Plaza, “The Promise of Reconfigurable Computing for Hyperspectral Imaging On-Board Systems: Review and Trends”, IEEE Proceedings, special issue on "Information Processing of Very High Resolution Remote Sensing Data," Volume: 101 , Issue: 3, pp. 698 - 722, March 2013, IEEE.
N. R. Mat Noor and T. Vladimirova, “Investigation into Lossless Hyperspectral Image Compression for Satellite Remote Sensing”, International Journal of Remote Sensing, Volume 34, Issue 14, 2013, pp. 5072-5104, Taylor & Francis.
T. Vladimirova, M. Fayyaz, M.N.Sweeting, V.I. Vitanov, “A Novel Autonomous Low Cost On-Board Data Handling Architecture for a Pin-Point Planetary Lander”, Acta Astronautica, vol. 68, N 7-8, April-May 2011, pp. 811-829.
T. Vladimirova and S. Yuhaniz, “An Intelligent Decision-Making System for Flood Monitoring from Space”, Soft Computing Journal, Vol. 15, Issue 1, 2011, pp. 13-24, Springer.
S. S. Yuhaniz and T. Vladimirova, “An On-Board Automatic Change Detection System for Disaster Monitoring”, International Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol. 30, No. 23, December 2009, pp. 6121–6139, Taylor & Francis. 
D.J. Barnhart, T. Vladimirova, A.M. Baker and M.N. Sweeting, “A Low-Cost Femtosatellite to Enable Distributed Space Missions”, Acta Astronautica, Vol. 64, Issues 11-12, June-July 2009, pp. 1123-114.
G. Yu, T. Vladimirova and M.N. Sweeting, “Image Compression Systems on Board Satellites”, Acta Astronautica, Vol. 64, No. 9-10, May-June 2009, pp. 988-1005.
D.J. Barnhart, T. Vladimirova, M.N. Sweeting, K.S. Stevens, Radiation Hardening by Design of Asynchronous Logic for Hostile Environments”, IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, Vol. 44, No. 5, May 2009, pp. 1617-1628.
D.J. Barnhart, T. Vladimirova and M.N. Sweeting, “Satellite Miniaturization Techniques for Space Sensor Networks”, AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 46, No. 2, March – April 2009, pp. 469-472. 
R. Banu and T. Vladimirova, “Fault-Tolerant Encryption for Space Applications”, IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, Vol. 45, No. 1, January 2009, pp. 266-279.
D.J. Barnhart, T. Vladimirova and M.N. Sweeting, “Very Small Satellite Design for Distributed Space Missions”, AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 44, No. 6, November/December 2007, pp 1294-1306.

Conference Publications

F. de Jesus Brubeck-Hernandez, T. Vladimirova, G. Tanhaei, M. Pooley, R. Thompson, B. Knight. “Precision Agriculture Tool for Assessment of Fertiliser Using Multispectral Satellite Imagery”, Proc. of 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), 25-29 September 2017, Adelaide, Australia.

H. Jing and T. Vladimirova. “Novel Algorithm for Landmine Detection using C-scan Ground Penetrating Radar Signals”, Proc. of 7th International Conference on Emerging Security Technologies (EST-2017), 6-8 September 2017, Canterbury, UK.

D. Bennett, H. Jing, M. Fayyaz, and T. Vladimirova. “Generation and Fusion of Landmine Detection Intensity Maps using a Three Stage Algorithm”, Proc. of 13th International Symposium ”Mine Action 2016”, 26-29 April 2016, pp. 149-153, Biograd, Croatia, Ed. D. Jakopec, HCR-CTRO d.o.o., Zagreb, Croatia.

P. Rodrigues, A. Oliveira, P. Sinogas, G. Oddi, F. Lisi, F. Alvarez, R. Cabas, T. Vladimirova, X. Zhai, M. Crosnier. “Testing of a Routing Algorithm for Wireless Sensor Networks with Applications to Planetary Exploration”, Proc. of the 66th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), 12-16 October 2015, Jerusalem, Israel.
F. Alvarez, P. Rodrigues, P. Sinogas, A. Oliveira, T. Vladimirova, X. Zhai, F. Liberati, G. Oddi, A. Pietrabissa, M. Crosnier, C. Rivera, D. Millen, L. Moreno. “Low Power Lightweight Micro-Meteorological Station for Wireless Sensor Network Based Space Exploration”, Proc. of the 66th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), 12-16 October 2015, Jerusalem, Israel.
F. Siegle, T. Vladimirova, C. Poivey, and O. Emam. “Validation of FDIR Strategy for Spaceborne SRAM-Based FPGAs using Proton Radiation Testing", Proc. of 24th European Conference on Radiation and its Effects on Components and Systems (RADECS-2015), 14-18 September 2015, Moscow, Russia.
X. Zhai and T. Vladimirova. "Data Aggregation in Wireless Sensor Networks for Lunar Exploration", Proc. of 6th International Conference on Emerging Security Technologies (EST-2015), Braunschweig, Germany, 3-5 September 2015, pp. 30 - 37, doi: 10.1109/EST.2015.9.
F. Siegle, T. Vladimirova, J. Ilstad and O. Emam, “FDIR Techniques for Payload Streaming Applications using SpaceWire-based Networks”, Proc. of 2014 International SpaceWire Conference, 22 - 26 September 2014, Athens, Greece.
I. Griffiths, T. Vladimirova and M. Warrington, “Utilising Distributed Processing to Reduce the Power Consumption of Multiple GNSS Receivers in a Satellite Constellation”, Proc. of 65th International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2014), 29 September - 03 October 2014, Toronto, Canada.
F. Siegle, T. Vladimirova, J. Ilstad and O. Emam, “Fault Detection, Isolation and Recovery Techniques for SRAM-based Multi-FPGA Systems”, Proc. of 2014 Military and Aerospace Programmable Logic Devices (MAPLD) Workshop, 19 - 22 May 2014, San Diego, Marriott La Jolla, USA.
F. Siegle, T. Vladimirova, O. Emam and J. Ilstad, “New Voter Design Enabling Hot Redundancy for Asynchronous Network Nodes”, Proc. of 9th NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems (AHS-2014), 14-17 July 2014, Leicester, UK.
C. Egho and T. Vladimirova, “Adaptive Hyperspectral Image Compression using the KLT and Integer KLT Algorithm”, Proc. of 9th NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems (AHS-2014), 14-17 July 2014, Leicester, UK.
H. Jing and T. Vladimirova, “Novel PCA based Pixel Level Multi-Focus Image Fusion Algorithm”, Proc. of 9th NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems (AHS-2014), 14-17 July 2014, Leicester, UK.
X. Zhai, H. Jing and T. Vladimirova, “Multi-Sensor Data Fusion in Wireless Sensor Networks for Planetary Exploration”, Proc. of 9th NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems (AHS-2014), 14-17 July 2014, Leicester, UK.
M. Fayyaz and T. Vladimirova, “Detection of Silent Data Corruption in Fault-Tolerant Distributed Systems on Board Spacecraft”, Proc. of 9th NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems (AHS-2014), 14-17 July 2014, Leicester, UK.
P. Rodrigues, A. Oliveira, G. Oddi, F. Liberati, F. Alvarez, R. Cabás, T. Vladimirova, X. Zhai, H. Jing and M. Crosnier, “Space Wireless Sensor Networks for Planetary Exploration: Node and Network Architectures”, Proc. of 9th NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems (AHS-2014), 14-17 July 2014, Leicester, UK.
M.Fayyaz, T.Vladimirova. “Fault-Tolerant Distributed Approach to Satellite On-Board Computer Design”, Proc. of 2014 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 1-8 March 2014, Blue Sky, Montana, USA.
P.Rodriguez, A. Oliveira, R.Mendes, S.Cunha, F. Alvarez, M.Crosnier, T.Vladimirova, F.D.Priscoli, G.Oddi, A.Petrabissa. “Wireless Sensor Networks for Moon Exploration”, Proc. of 64th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), Beijing, China, 23 - 27 September 2013.
H. Jing and T. Vladimirova. “Design of a Wireless Visual Module for an EOD Robot”, Proc. of 4th International Conference on Emerging Security Technologies (EST-2013), 9-10 Sept. 2013, Cambridge, UK.
F. Siegle, T. Vladimirova, O. Emam and J. Ilstad. Adaptive FDIR Framework for Payload Data Processing Systems using Reconfigurable FPGAs, Proc. of 8th NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems (AHS-2013), 25-27 June 2012, Torino, Italy. (Best student paper award).
N. R. Mat Noor and T. Vladimirova, “Parallelised Fault-Tolerant Integer KLT Implementation for Lossless Hyperspectral Image Compression on Board Satellites”, Proc. of 8th NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems (AHS-2013), 25-27 June 2013, Torino, Italy.
F. Siegle, T. Vladimirova, J. Ilstad and O. Emam. Adaptive FDIR Strategy for FPGAs Hosting Partial Reconfigurable Modules, Proc. of Workshop on Reconfigurable Computing (WRC), 8th HiPEAC Conference, 21/01/2013, Berlin.
T. Vladimirova and M. Fayyaz, “Wireless Fault-Tolerant Distributed Architecture for Satellite Platform Computing” -  Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2012, Vol. 7425, pp. 428 - 436, G. Lee, D. Howard, and D. Ślęzak (Eds.), Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
C. Egho and T. Vladimirova, “Hardware Acceleration of the Integer Karhunen-Loève Transform Algorithm for Satellite Image Compression”, Proc. of IEEE International Geoscience & Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS06’2012), 23 – 28 July 2012, Munich, Germany.
C. Egho, T. Vladimirova, and M. N. Sweeting, “Hardware Acceleration of the Integer Karhunen-Loève Transform Algorithm for Satellite Image Compression”, Proc. of 7th NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems (AHS-2012), 25 – 28 June  2012, Nuremburg, Germany.
M. Fayyaz, T. Vladimirova and J.-M. Caujolle, "Adaptive Middleware Design for Satellite Fault-Tolerant Distributed Computing", Proc. of 7th NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems (AHS-2012), 25-28 June 2012, Nuremberg, Germany.
N. R. Mat Noor and T. Vladimirova,  “Parallel Implementation of Lossless Clustered Integer KLT Using OpenMP”, Proc. of 7th NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems (AHS-2012), 25-28 June 2012, Nuremberg, Germany.
S.A. Malik, T. Vladimirova and E.M. Warrington, “Upper Ionosphere Plasma FDTD Formulation for Inter-Satellite Link Analysis”, Proc. of 12th International Conference on Ionospheric Radio Systems and Techniques (IRST), 15 – 17 May 2012, IET, York, UK.
C. Egho and T. Vladimirova. “Hardware Acceleration of Karhunen-Loeve Transform for Compression of Hyperspectal Satellite Imagery”, Proc. of 11th Australian Space Science Conference (ASSC 2011), 26 – 29 September 2011, Canberra, Eds: W. Short and I. Cairns, National Space Society of Australia Ltd.
T. Vladimirova, N. P. Bannister, J. Fothergill, G. W. Fraser, M. Lester, D. M. Wright, M. J. Pont, D. J. Barnhart, O. Emam, “CubeSat Mission for Space Weather Monitoring”, Proc. of 11th Australian Space Science Conference, ASSC’11, 26 - 29 September 2011, Canberra, Eds: W. Short and I. Cairns, National Space Society of Australia Ltd.
C. Egho and T. Vladimirova, Eigenvectors Computation on a System-on-Chip Platform for Satellite On-Board Use, Proceedings of the 7th Jordanian Electrical & Electronics Engineering Conference, JIEEEC, 11-14 April 2011, pp. 145-149, Amman, Jordan.
C. P. Bridges and T. Vladimirova, “Real-time Agent Middleware Experiments on Java-based Processors towards Distributed Satellite Systems”, Proc. of 2011 IEEE Aerospace Conference, March 2011, Big Sky, MT, US.
N. R. Mat Noor and T. Vladimirova, "Integer KLT Design Space Exploration for Hyperspectral Satellite Image Compression", Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2011, Volume 6935, pp. 661-668, G. Lee, D. Howard, and D. Ślęzak (Eds.), Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg

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