Dr Alin Tisan

Senior Lecturer

Course leader for BEng (Hons) Electronics

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Engineering and the Built Environment

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Electrical and Electronic Engineering , Internet of Things

Alin’s main research interest is in designing artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms in self-reconfigurable hardware computing platforms (FPGAs).


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Alin is actively working in the areas of electronic systems modelling, digital controllers and electronic system-on-chip design, with various applications in electronic/electrical engineering. His research is focused on designing AI algorithms in hardware (FPGA) using a developed integrated hardware-software environment that combines complex sensors, advanced Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools and hardware platforms.

Currently, Alin is involved in projects dealing with the holistic modelling of a combined renewable energy sources using specific modelling/design environment based on the hardware description language.

Research interests

  • Artificial intelligence hardware (FPGA) implementable
  • Telemedicine
  • Smart cities
  • Smart sensors
  • Holistic modelling of combined renewable energy sources
  • Human body energy harvesting

Alin is a member of our IoT and Cloud Computing Research Area and our Digital Electronics Research Area. Both form part of our Informatics, Computing and Electronics Research Group.

Areas of research supervision

PhD students (current)
  • John Darvill (2013-). Conceptual development of a novel digital controller for optimised operation of a hybrid renewable energy system. Department of Computing and Technology. (Tisan, A., Cirstea, M).
  • Daniel Lungu (2015-). Adaptive Optimisation Energy Harvesting for Internet-of-Things on Body Area Networks. (Chin, J., Cirstea, S., Tisan, A).
MPhil students (current)
  • Erik Pertot (2014-). A novel temperature controller design for potentially explosive atmosphere (ATEX / IECEx). Department of Computing & Technology. (Zhang J., Tisan, A. and Cirstea, M.).

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  • Microelectronic Systems Design (FPGA, VHDL)
  • Data Acquisition Systems (LabView)
  • Sustainable Energies and Computer Modelling (Matlab)


  • PhD with Magna cum Laude in Electronic Engineering, 2008, Technical University of Cluj Napoca, Romania. “Contributions to the analysis, synthesis and implementation of applications with intelligent sensorial systems: The electronic nose”.
  • MSc in Physics, 1998, Babes Bolyai University, Romania.
  • BSc (Hons) in Physics, 1997, Babes Bolyai University, Romania.
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning (PGCTL)

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member, The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
  • Member, the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Member of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society Technical Committee (Systems on Chip) with peer review attributions.
  • Fellow, the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Delivering Training: “ANN design and FPGA implementation using Matlab/ISE environment”, E2V Ltd, Chelmsford, part of Enterprising Academics Grant with E2V, June 2011, (£3,000).
  • Low Carbon Knowledge Transfer project with Calex Electronics. Academic support for designing a new infrared temperature sensor, September 2011 (£36,000).

Selected recent publications

Tisan, A. and Chin, J. (2015),  An End User platform for implementing Artificial Neutron Networks on FPGA, Forthcoming in: IEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics (INDIN 15), Cambridge, UK, 22-24 July 2015

Chin, J. and Tisan, A. (2015), Ubiquitous approach to Body Hydration Testing, Forthcoming in: IEEE The 11th International Intelligent Environment Conference, Prague, 15- 17 July 2015

Chin, J. and Tisan, A. (2015), An IoT-based Pervasive Hydration Tracker (PHT), Forthcoming in: IEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics (INDIN 15), Cambridge, UK, 22-24 July 2015

Darvill, J., Tisan, A. and Cirstea, M. (2015), An ANFIS-PI based boost converter control scheme, Forthcoming in: IEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics (INDIN 15), Cambridge, UK, 22-24 July 2015

Chin, J. and Tisan, A. (2015) Ubiquitous Hydration Tracker, 5th Annual Faculty Research Conference, Chelmsford, UK, July 2015

Darvill, J., Tisan, A. and Cirstea, M. (2014), A novel PSIM and Matlab co-simulation approach to particle swarm optimization tuning of PID controllers, 2014 International Conference on Optimization of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (OPTIM), pp. 784 - 789

Tisan, A. and Cirstea, M. (2013) SOM neural network design – A new Simulink library based approach targeting FPGA implementation, Mathematics and Computers in Simulation 91, 134-149