Toomas P Plaks
Toomas P. Plaks received a PhD in computer engineering from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden and a MEng degree in computer engineering and information processing from Tallinn Technical University, Estonia. He has worked in the area of computer engineering and science more than 40 years.
Currently he is the Managing Director and the founder of a newly established company Conhard Design Ltd., UK, in the area of mobile and Internet computing applications and hardware. He is also a Visiting Fellow of the Reading University, UK and the London South Bank University, UK. Previously he was a Senior Lecturer at the London South Bank University. He has worked in many universities as senior lecturer and researcher around the world: in Estonia, Sweden, Germany, France, Australia and England, and has been a Chief Engineer on dedicated processors for space and military applications in Computer R&D Division, Tallinn.
His research interests include the design of high-performance application-specific processors, massively parallel computer systems and reconfigurable architectures in mobile computing and multimedia applications. Main interests are focusing on the theory and design of regular processor arrays and mapping algorithms onto hardware. Also, his interests include computer networking, mobile and Internet computing, and web-based technologies. He has lead several research projects on computer design and received research grants in Estonia, Sweden and United Kingdom.
T. Plaks has published over 70 scientific papers including a monograph on a synthesis of regular processor arrays. He has devoted significant energy and time to build up international conferences, symposia and special issues of journals and, he has brought these up to the level of internationally highly appreciated events. He is the founder and the Chairman of the International Conference on Engineering of Reconfigurable Systems and Algorithms (ERSA) in Las Vegas, USA (since 1999), and the initiator of Mobile Computing Hardware Architecture (MOCHA) Symposium, Hawaii. He is the Guest Editor of a series of special issues (more than 10, including in IEEE TVLSI, ACM TECS, Kluwer, Springer) on designing dedicated processors on reconfigurable computing platform. He has served for a range of editorial boards and conference committees.
Dr. Plaks is a member of the IEEE, New York Academy of Sciences and the UK chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Design Automation (ACM SIGDA). The biography of Dr. Plaks is included in the Marquis ‘‘Who's Who in Science and Engineering’’ and ''Who’s Who in the World''.