David Z. Pan, IEEE Fellow, SPIE Fellow
Engineering Foundation Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
GSC Member, Computer Science Department
The University of Texas at Austin
Email: dpan at ece.utexas.edu
Office: EER 4.880. Tel: 512-471-1436.

Office hours in Fall'17: TTh 1:30-2:30pm and by appointment

Biography and CV

Recent News

  • 9/1/2017: Please note that my office and student lab have moved to the new EER building (4th floor of the South Tower).
  • 5/4/2017: Our joint paper with Prof. Yier Jin's group "AppSAT: Approximately Deobfuscating Integrated Circuits" won Best Paper Award at HOST 2017.
  • 3/22/2017: UTPlaceF2.0 won the 1st Place at the 2017 ISPD Contest, organized by Xilinx.
  • 12/17/2016: Elected to the grade of SPIE Fellow.
  • 12/8/2016: My ACM/SIGDA Live talk on "How to Survive & Thrive in Academia: My Personal Take on Promotion & Tenure" is available on SIGDA/Live YouTube. The slides are also available in PDF.
  • 11/8/2016: Congratulations to my PhD student Xiaoqing Xu for receiving the Gold Medal at the ACM/SIGDA Student Research Competition (SRC) held at ICCAD 2016.
  • More archival news at UTDA.

My Research Group: UT Design Automation Laboratory



Professional Services (Selected)

Awards & Honors (Selected)

  • 2017 Best Paper Award, IEEE International Symposium on Hardware Oriented Security and Trust (HOST)
  • 2017 ACM ISPD Contest: First Place
  • 2017 SPIE Fellow
  • 2016 Honor for PhD Student Xiaoqing Xu: ACM/SIGDA Student Research Competition Gold Medal
  • 2016 ACM International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD) FPGA Placement Contest: First Place
  • 2016 Franco Cerrina Memorial Best Student Paper Award, SPIE Advanced Lithography
  • 2015 Best in Session Award, SRC Techcon
  • 2015 ASP-DAC Frequently Cited Author Award (as one of the top 3 cited authors in the 20 years of ASP-DAC).
  • 2015 ASP-DAC 10-Year Retrospective Most Influential Paper Award Candidate
  • 2015 Honor for PhD Student Bei Yu: EDAA Outstanding Dissertation Award
  • 2014- Engineering Foundation Endowed Professorship #1, UT Austin
  • 2014 RAISE Faculty Excellence Award (Recognizing Asian & Asian American Faculty & Staff Instilling Strength and Excellence), Asian/Asian American Faculty and Staff Association (AAAFSA) and Asian Desi Pacific Islander American Collective (APAC), UT Austin.
  • 2014 Best Paper Award, ACM International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD)
  • 2014 IEEE Fellow
  • 2014 Communications of the ACM, Research Highlights
  • 2013 ICCAD CAD Contest, the 2nd Place
  • 2013 William J. McCalla Best Paper Award, IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD)
  • 2013 SRC Technical Excellence Award for "Nanometer IC Design for Manufacturability", with the citation "In recognition of your key contributions to technology that have significantly enhanced the productivity of the semiconductor industry"
  • 2013-2014 Earl N. & Margaret Brasfield Endowed Faculty Fellowship in Engineering, UT Austin
  • 2013 DAC Top 10 Author in Fifth Decade
  • 2013 DAC Prolific Author Award (DAC 25 Club: has published 25 or more papers at DAC)
  • 2013 Honor for PhD Student Duo Ding: ACM Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award in EDA
  • 2012 ICCAD'12 CAD Contest, the 2nd Place
  • 2012 Best in Session Award, SRC Techcon
  • 2012 Best Paper Award, 17th IEEE/ACM Asian and South Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASPDAC)
  • 2011 Overseas and Hong Kong/Macau Scholars Collaborative Research Award (a.k.a. Overseas Distinguished Young Scholar) by National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)
  • 2011 IBM Research 2010 Pat Goldberg Memorial Best Paper Award in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Math
  • 2011 Best Paper Award, ACM International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD)
  • 2010 IBM Faculty Award
  • 2010 Best Paper Award, IEEE/ACM Asian and South Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASPDAC)
  • 2009 UCLA School of Engineering and Applied Science, Distinguished Young Alumnus Award
  • 2009 Best Paper (IP) Award, IEEE/ACM Design Automation & Test in Europe (DATE) (Awarded at DATE 2010)
  • 2009 Best Student Paper Award, IEEE International Conference on IC Design and Technology (ICICDT)
  • 2009 Grand Prize ($25,000), eASIC Placement Design Challenges (Worldwide Contest)
  • 2008-2009 IEEE CAS Society Distinguished Lecturer
  • 2008 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Recognition of Service Award
  • 2008 Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) Inventor Recognition Award
  • 2007 Best Paper in Session Award, SRC Techcon Conference
  • 2007 National Science Foundation (NSF), Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award
  • 2007 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Recognition of Service Award
  • 2006 IBM Faculty Award
  • 2005 ACM/SIGDA Outstanding New Faculty Award
  • 2005 IBM Faculty Award
  • 2004 IBM Faculty Award
  • 2001 Outstanding Ph.D. Award, UCLA Computer Science Department
  • 2000 SRC Inventor Recognition Award
  • 2000 Dimitris Chorafas Foundation Award
  • 1999-2000 IBM Research Fellowship
  • 1998 Best Paper in Session Award, SRC Techcon Conference
  • Other Best Paper Award Finalists/Nominations: DAC 2014, ASPDAC 2013, DAC 2012, ISPD 2012, ICCAD 2011, DAC 2011, ISPD 2010, ICCAD 2008, ASPDAC 2008, DAC 2006, ASPDAC 2006