Zheqi Yu

This is a great experience, I am very honoured to participate in the PRACE Summer of HPC 2018 programme.

Not only do I have access to the knowledge of high-performance parallel computing, but I have also met people and made friends from all over the world. Through various events in a brief training week – composed of study and life lessons, we really got to know each other.

My name is Zheqi Yu, I am from China and I am studying in the UK. Currently, I am completing my PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Wolverhampton. Electronic engineering is an area I dabbled in as early as the beginning of my college years. To enhance my practical skills, I joined the electronic laboratory of the University of Wolverhampton to conduct research on hardware development – including software development for embedded systems. Exposed to the dynamic environment which characterises the University of Wolverhampton, I have gained an in-depth understanding of computer science, software tools and research methods in computing. This eventually gave me the opportunity for PhD studies in my intended reseach field. During three years of research in my PhD, I have developed an embedded system for pedestrian detection. The algorithm and integrated hardware and software design has been implemented on Xilinx ZYNQ hardware. Moreover, I had improved and enhanced this project as a demo that was recognised as a finalist of the European at the Xilinx OpenHW 2016 competition.

As for my future academic or career objectives, I wish to achieve something in the frontier research of electronic engineering, and fulfill my research aims. After that, I may continue with post-doctoral research, in the hope of catching up with the technological innovation and becoming a pioneer in the field of electronic engineering. In the meantime, I already launched a road show for my projects – to gain a venture investment, with a sincere wish of contributing to the society.

I am very happy to participate in the “Automatic Frequency Scaling for Embedded Co-processor Acceleration” Summer of HPC project. For the next two months, I will be studying at the Barcelona Supercomputer Center (BSC). This project provides different experimental methods for my PhD research, which allows me to study hardware energy optimisation more deeply. Finally, I am ready to face any challenges posed by my project at the BSC of this summer. With the support of the academic foundation built up at my current research, I am optimistic that I will smoothly adapt to a new way of studying in a different culture.

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