Centre for Synthetic Biology and the Bioeconomy

Staff Profile

Professor Alex Yakovlev

FREng, Professor of Computer System Design


Roles and Responsibilities

Head of MicroSystems Research Group.

Degree Programme Director:
BEng/MEng Computer Systems Engineering/Microelectronics and Software Engineering (CSE/MSE) from 1999 to 2006

Board of Studies Chairman for Computer Systems Engineering until 2007.


MSc (1979), PhD(1982) from St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University (formerly Leningrad Electrical Engineering Institute - LETI)

DSc (2006) from University of Newcastle upon Tyne

CEng (2015)

Fellowships and Memberships 

Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering (2017), Fellow of IEEE (2016), Fellow of IET (2015)


English and Russian


Alex is head of the MicroSsystems Group and his profile can be viewed on Google Scholar.

Research Interests

Design of Asynchronous VLSI Systems, Petri Nets and concurrency models in system design, Hardware Description Languages, Low Power Electronics, Energy-Proportional and Energy-Modulated Computing, Energy-Harvesting Electronics, Asynchronous circuits for Analogue Electronics

Machine learning based on automata approaches, Tsetlin automata

CAD Systems for VLSI, Fault Tolerance and Reliability in VLSI, System Timing

"Genetic Evolution" of IP-driven Electronics and IT Technology 

My blog on energy-modulated computing:

Our vision paper on Real-Power Computing:



Advanced VLSI Systems Design for MSc

Low Power and Asynchronous Systems for MSc

MEng, MSc Project supervision