Thomas Chun-Pong Chau

  • Scholarship in 2010 at Imperial College London

Dr Chau obtained his PhD in Computing at Imperial College London in 2014, under the supervision of Professor Wayne Luk. Before that, he received his BEng and MPhil degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, in 2008 and 2010, respectively.

He is currently an electronic design engineer at Intel (formerly Altera). His responsibility involves developing embedded hardware and software for system-on-chip FPGA devices, for instance pedestrian detection system with machine learning and computer vision, phasor measurement unit, motor control, battery management system for hybrid electric vehicles, and functional safety of programmable electronics.

He worked as a placement student in Research and Development department of ARM Ltd, Cambridge in 2010.

His research includes reconfigurable computing for high performance and real-time applications, particularly those involving Sequential Monte Carlo method (SMC) and Proximity Query process (PQ). Example applications include air traffic management, mobile robot localisation, human-robot collaborative control for surgery, and financial modelling.


  • High performance computing using FPGAs, GPUs and multi-core CPUs.
  • Embedded real-time control applications in industrial, automotive and energy industries.
  • Functional safety of programmable electronics (IEC 61508 and ISO 26262).