Alejandro Nieto
PhD - Hardware Design - Computer Vision


My name is Alejandro Nieto and I have completed my PhD studies in the field of hardware design for Computer Vision in 2012 in the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). I obtained a MSc in Information Technology in 2009 and a BSc in Physics Science specializing in Electronics in 2007. I also achieved a MSc in Renewable Energy in 2013.

I became member of the Computer Vision Group, part of the Department of Electronics and Computer Science, in 2007. Since 2010 I am member of CITIUS, part of the Singular Reseach Centers Network of the USC. Its main objective is the development of research activities on the Computer Science field.

During 2010 and 2011 I was assistant teacher in the degrees of Physics Science and Computer Engineering. Since 2012 I am staff of the Learning Technology Centre at USC, developing and applying new technologies in education.

I also collaborate in several projects handled by CITIUS related to the development of architectures for image and video processing for Computer Vision tasks, focusing on embedded systems and reconfigurable hardware.


My current research, which forms the basis of my thesis, focuses on the development of new architectures optimized for image and video processing with emphasis on performance. This includes the study of the behavior of different computing paradigms and architectures when executing Computer Vision algorithms and the development of custom architectures to speed-up specific algoritms using reconfigurable hardware. From all this knowledge, new architectures for general purpose image processing are implemented, attempting to select the best characteristics for each computing paradigm and to effectively share functional units to save hardware resources but keeping the same overall performance.

Other of my research interests include:

  • Architectures for image and video processing
  • Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) and Reconfigurable Computing
  • Multi-Core/Many-Core and Custom Parallel Architectures
  • Embedded Systems. Systems-on-a-Chip
  • Programming Parallel Computers
  • Digital ASIC design
  • Computer Vision algorithm development



I'm always happy to meet with anybody who want to discuss about my research and Computer Science in general so feel free to contact me. I am more likely to receive your message if you include a meaningful subject line. Don't email me if you are looking for summer internships or similar, check this link instead.

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