8/26/2022: Congratulations to my PhD students Chenghao Feng, Jiaqi Gu, and Hanqing Zhu (co-advised by Prof. Ray Chen) for winning the Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition 2021-2022 with a $3,000 cash prize! Our winning entry is entitled "A compact 4x4 butterfly-style silicon photonic-electronic neural chip for hardware-efficient deep learning."
5/9/2022: The Senior Capstone Team (Nick Canga, Alex Kremer, Austin Rath, Connor Smith, Abhi Sridhar, Zane Zwanenburg) "HitStick" that I mentored won First Place - Entrepreneurial Category. Very cool project - congrats!
3/8/2022: Congratulations to my former PhD student Wei Ye (PhD in 2020) for winning the 2022 EDAA Outstanding Dissertation Award for her dissertation "Design for Manufacturability and Reliability through Learning and Optimization"! Wei is the third member from my group who has won this award. Cheers!
1/19/2022: I'm truly honored and humbled to be named an ACM Fellow (class of 2021) "For contributions to electronic design automation, including design for manufacturing and physical design". I'd like to cordially thank all my current/former students, collaborators, mentors, and sponsors!
6/28/2021: I'm looking for a postdoc (or two) working on exciting research projects in AI for IC and (emerging) IC for AI. I'm also looking for highly motivated PhD students. Please check out our recent publications/talks, and send me your CV!
5/19/2021: Congratulations to my PhD student Jiaqi Gu (co-advised by Prof. Ray Chen) for winning the First Place at the 2021 ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals (Graduate Category). This is extremely competitive as the grand finals are attended
by all gold medalists from different ACM Special Interest Groups (SIGs, each SIG is like an IEEE society). This is the second time my students have won this ACM-wide grand prize. To our best knowledge, we are the only group worldwide which has done it twice! So proud and thankful to work with amazing UTDA students - Hook 'em Horns!
5/6/2021: Congratulations to my former PhD student Zhoufeng Ying (co-advised with Prof. Ray Chen) for winning the UT-ECE Department 2019-2020 Jacome Dissertation Prize.
2022 Honor for PhD Students Chenghao Cheng, Jiaqi Gu and Hanqing Zhu: Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition Winner
2022 Honor for PhD Student Wei Ye: EDAA Outstanding Dissertation Award
2021 ACM Fellow, for contributions to electronic design automation, including design for manufacturing and physical design
2021 IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design Donald O. Pederson Best Paper Award
2021 Honor for PhD Student Jiaqi Gu (co-advised by Prof. Ray Chen): First Place, ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals (Graduate Category)
2021 Honor for PhD Student Zhoufeng Ying (co-advised with Prof. Ray Chen): UT-ECE Margarida Jacome Dissertation Prize
2021 Honor for PhD Student Ahmet Budak (co-advised by Prof. Nan Sun): ADI Outstanding Student Designer Award
2020 Honor for PhD Student Jiaqi: ACM/SIGDA Student Research Competition Gold Medal
2020 Silicon Laboratories Endowed Chair in Electrical Engineering, UT Austin
2020 Best Paper Award,
ACM International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD)
2020 Prolific Author Award, 25th ACM/IEEE Asian and South Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASP-DAC)
2020 ASP-DAC 10-Year Retrospective Most Influential Paper Award Candidate
2020 Best Paper Award, 25th ACM/IEEE Asian and South Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASP-DAC)
2019 Best Paper Award, 56th ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference (DAC)
2019 Cadence Academic Collaboration Award "for contributions to design for manufacturing and physical design of integrated circuits and systems, and educating a diverse body of outstanding EDA professionals to industry"
2019 IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA) Distinguished Lecturer
2018 Best Paper Award, Integration - the VLSI Journal
2018 Honor for PhD Student Xiaoqing Xu: ACM Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award in Electronic Design Automation
2017 Honor for PhD Student Meng Li: ACM/SIGDA Student Research Competition Gold Medal
2017 Best Paper Award, IEEE International Symposium on Hardware Oriented Security and Trust (HOST)
2017 ACM ISPD Contest: First Place
2017 SPIE Fellow, for achievements in IC design for manufacturing with advanced lithography
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
2014-2020 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, for contributions to design for manufacturability in integrated circuits
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)