Welcome at MHL

Welcome Message

The purpose of the Microprocessor and Hardware laboratory (MHL) is to provide high quality education and world-class research in the fields of computer architecture and the hardware-oriented aspects of computer engineering. In these areas the MHL aims at excellence and international recognition coming from the accomplishments of its graduates in academic and industrial careers alike, publications in high quality international journals and conferences, funded research, and international recognition.

State Recognition & Historical Facts

The Microprocessor and Hrdware Lab (MHL) of the Technical University of Crete has been a state recognized Academic Laboratory since 1990 (Greek Government Newspaper FEK of April 3, 1990, No. 51, Vol. 1, Presidential Decree 125). In 1994 Prof. Apostolos Dollas was elected (and remains to date) MHL Director.


The areas of scientific and educational activity of the MHL include computer architecture, reconfigurable computing, computer hardware, design and implementation of digital microelectronic systems, rapid system prototyping, design at high levels of integration (VLSI, FPGA, etc.), and CAD tool development. The MHL is a member of the EUROPRACTICE consortium.


The MHL supports the scientific and academic activities of Prof. Apostolos Dollas (MHL Director), Associate Professor Dionissios Pnevmatikatos, and Assistant Professor Ioannis Papaefstathiou. The Lab also has a permanent full-time technician, Mr. Markos Kimionis. and also Mr. Κyprianos Papademetriou and Mr. Euripides Sotiriades.

The MHL encourages collaborations inside and outside the ECE Department. Within ECE there are several collaborations. Within Greece there are collaborations with Prof. M. Katevenis and the CARV group of the Computer Science Institute - FORTH (at Irakleio, Crete), and with Prof. M. Antonidakis of the Electronics Department of TEI - Crete (Chania branch). Outside Greece , the MHL has active projects with Prof. N. Bourbakis at Wright State University , Ohio , USA.

Every semester, over 700 undergraduate students use the Lab facilities for hands-on exercises. In addition, there are more than ten semester-long diploma theses per year. In graduate education, at present the MHL has more than ten MS candidates and two Ph.D. candidates. In addition, there is a team of undergraduate volunteers who gain practical experience in the Lab.