University of York (UoY)

University of York
Heslington, York
YO10 5DD
United Kingdom
Research group:
Intelligent System Group   (ISG)
Department of Electronics

Institution Background

The University of York is one of the UK’s leading universities. It has an excellent reputation in teaching and research and was placed in the top ten UK universities by the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). Twelve departments were ranked in the top ten in the country with almost all departments in the top 20. It has retained this position in various league tables and in 2010 York was named ‘University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards in recognition of its drive to combine academic excellence with social inclusion, strong record of scientific discovery, and investment into the arts and humanities. Founded in 1963 with just 200 students, the University now has approximately 3,300 staff, 14,000 students and over 30 academic departments and research centres.


Research Group Background

The Intelligent Systems Research group’s research is inspired from linking engineering and technology with Nature and focuses on the interactions between electronic, computational & robotic systems and biological systems. Our intellectual focus is maintained through the development of novel biologically-inspired electronic, computational & robotic systems and programs inspired by Nature, the characterisation and understanding of biological and biomedical signals and the exploitation of evolutionary mechanisms in system design and optimisation. We are interested in creating and conducting research into novel systems and architectures endowed with capabilities such as adaptation, evolution, growth, healing, replication, and learning. These technical developments are applied to a variety of real-world applications areas. These include: VLSI technology design and fabrication, autonomous intelligent vehicles, fault-tolerant systems, control systems, neural & immune system modeling and analysis of medical data for healthcare.


Dr. Gianluca Tempesti is a Reader in the Intelligent Systems of the Department of Electronics at the University of York (UK). His research activity focuses on adaptive and bio-inspired digital systems, with particular emphasis on reconfigurable and fault-tolerant hardware. He is co-leader in the “Resilience of applications and runtimes” workgroup of the NESUS IC1305 COST Action. He is currently Principal Investigator of the EPSRC-funded project “Continuous on-line adaptation in many-core systems”, in collaboration with the universities of Manchester and Southampton. Dr. Tempesti is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines (GPEM). He has published over 80 papers in journals and international conferences in his research domain, as well as several book chapters, and he has participated to the organization of several conferences, including General Chair of the 9th International Conference on Evolvable Systems (ICES 2010). Before joining the University of York in 2006, he was Swiss National Fund Assistant Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland.


Major Interest in Action Scientific Topics

  • Scope of research activities in ultra-scale computing systems.
  • Hardware and software fault tolerance in ultra-scale systems.
  • Energy efficiency in very large scale systems.