Dr Wim JC Melis PGCert HE, MSc, PhD

Associate Professor of Holistic Design, Programme Leader

Key details

Dr Wim Melis

Dr Wim JC J C Melis
PGCert HE, MSc, PhD

Associate Professor of Holistic Design, Programme Leader


Dr Melis is an Associate Professor of Holistic Design at the University of Greenwich, where he previously worked as a Senior Lecturer and also obtained his PGCert in Higher Education.

Before that, he worked at the European Patent Office, The Hague, The Netherlands as a patent examiner and was a COE Fellow at Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan.

He obtained his PhD in Digital Systems – Computing at Imperial College London, Department of EEE, London, UK, for a thesis with title: 'Memory Architectures for Reconfigurable Computers' after receiving an MSc (Distinction) in Analogue and Digital Integrated Circuit Design for his work titled: 'Implementation of image registration algorithm for watermarked data on a configurable computing platform' from the same institution/department.

His first degree was as an industrial engineer in electronics (Option Design Technologies) from KHBO - KIHWV; Oostende; Belgium (equivalent to MSc), where his final thesis was titled: 'Study, optimisation and implementation of MPEG-4 audio coding on a multimedia processor'.

Responsibilities within the university

  • Programme leader for Machine Intelligence MSc
  • Faculty's Disability Named Contact
  • Faculty Ethics Panel's Engineering Representative.
  • Faculty Research Degree Committee's Engineering Representative
  • Elected Research and Teaching Representative at the University's Academic Council
  • University's Listening Ear

Recognition

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
  • Senior Member of the IEEE (SM IEEE), serves as counsellor for the student branch at the University of Greenwich and is membership development chair for the UK & Ireland Section.
  • Member of HiPEAC (European Network of Excellence on High Performance and Embedded Architecture and Compilation) and the Institute of Leadership and Management (MInstLM).
  • Dr Melis regularly presents to local branches of the IET about his research.
  • STEM Ambassador attending relevant events and/or visits schools to promote Science and Engineering to younger generations, while also serving as a judge for e.g. the Google Science Fair.
  • Dr Melis has worked extensively with the EUA (European University Association) around the topic of energy education at post-graduate level, leading to input to a variety of organisations including the European commission as well as produce documents for fellow academics across Europe and the globe.

Research / Scholarly interests

Dr Melis teaches various subjects in the area of digital electronic design (VHDL), Artificial Intelligence, machine intelligence, machine learning and robotics. His research interests are quite diverse and focus on holistic system design, which he applies in the area of biologically-inspired computer architectures and sustainable energy generation and management.

Dr Melis is interested in developing new architectures, which overcome some of the problems with the current von-Neumann computer architectures, are biologically inspired and aim to delivery human intelligence artificially. These architectures consider how the human brain functions as an inspiration for their development and this has led to new developments of which the proof of concept has been demonstrated. These developments have indicated to be very promising, not only for computing, but also for other applications, e.g. hearing implants, audio compression and so on. The approaches being developed can easily be transferred across different technologies and can be taken to optical and quantum implementations eliminating some of the existing challenges with these technologies.

Additionally, Dr Melis also performs a significant amount of work in the area of sustainable energy generation and management. This includes improving the efficiency of existing technologies as well as looking at alternative methods of generating energy, reducing energy consumption and providing appropriate storage where required.

Key funded projects

As a principal investigator, Dr Melis received funding to build a prototype of a system that improves solar panel efficiency of existing panels up to 30% and a project that looks at building an associative memory for real life applications.

Furthermore, he was part of the university team working on the ECOTEC21 project, an InterReg project that looked at the installation, management and use of CHP systems running on biofuel.

Articles

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and () . In: International Journal of Sustainable Energy Development (IJSED). Infonomics Society. pp. 105-114.

and () . In: International Journal of Sustainable Energy Development (IJSED). Infonomics Society. pp. 75-80. ISSN 2046-3707 ISSN 2046-3707

Book sections

() . In: Autonomous Vehicles: Intelligent Transport Systems and Smart Technologies. In: Autonomous Vehicles: Intelligent Transport Systems and Smart Technologies. Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, NY, USA. pp. 509-530. ISBN 9781633213241

Books

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Conference proceedings

, and () . In: 2018 10th Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CEEC). IEEE. pp. 225-230. ISBN 978-1538672761

, and () . In: 1st HBP Student Conference - Transdisciplinary Research Linking Neuroscience, Brain Medicine and Computer Science. Frontiers. pp. 113-115. ISBN 978-2889454211

, and () . In: Book of abstracts: 1st HBP Student Conference, Vienna, 8-10 February 2017. Frontiers. pp. 116-118. ISBN 978-2889454211

and () . In: International Conference on Applied System Innovation 2016. IEEE/Taiwanese Institute of Knowledge Innovation (TIKI), Taiwan. pp. 1-4. ISBN 978-1-4673-9889-3

and () . In: International Conference on Applied System Innovation (ICASI 2016). IEEE/Taiwanese Institute of Knowledge Innovation (TIKI), Taiwan, Okinawa, Japan. ISBN 978-1-4673-9889-3

and () . In: Proceedings of the 2015 IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Nanoscale Architectures (NANOARCH´15). IEEE, Boston, MA (US). pp. 94-99. ISBN 978-1-4673-7848-2

and () . In: 2015 50th International Universities Power Engineering Conference (UPEC). IEEE. pp. 1-5. ISBN 978‐1‐4673‐9682‐0

, and () . In: 2014 IEEE International Energy Conference (ENERGYCON). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., Piscataway, NJ, USA. pp. 912-915. ISBN 9781479924493

and () . In: Sustainable Technologies (WCST), 2012 World Congress on. In: World Congress on Sustainable Technologies (WCST-2012). IEEE, London, UK. pp. 21-26. ISBN 9781467344425

and () . In: World Congress on Sustainable Technologies (WCST 2012). IEEE, London, UK. pp. 12-15. ISBN 9781467344425

, and () . In: 2009 Fourth International Conference on Innovative Computing, Information and Control (ICICIC). In: Fourth International Conference on Innovative Computing, Information and Control (ICICIC), 2009. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Piscataway, NJ, USA. pp. 144-147. ISBN 978-1424455430

and () . In: Innovative Computing, Information and Control (ICICIC), 2009 Fourth International Conference on. In: Innovative Computing, Information and Control (ICICIC), 2009 Fourth International Conference on. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Piscataway, NJ, USA. pp. 111-114. ISBN 978-1424455430

Recent presentations

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, and () . In: The Second Medway Engineering Conference on Systems: Efficiency, Sustainability and Modelling. University of Greenwich - Faculty of Engineering & Science.

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