Congratulations to Meng Li for receiving the Gold Medal at the ACM/SIGDA Student Research Competition (SRC) held at ICCAD 2017. This is the second year in a row that UTDA student has won this highly competitive award. Cheers!!!
Please note that UTDA lab has moved to the brand new EER building (4th floor of the South Tower), 4.852.
Congratulations to Jiaojiao Ou who have won the prestigious SPIE BACUS Scholarship.
Our joint paper with Prof. Yier Jin's group "AppSAT: Approximately Deobfuscating Integrated Circuits" won the Best Paper Award at HOST 2017!
UTPlacerF2.0 (by Wuxi Li and Prof. David Pan) won the 1st Place at the 2017 ISPD Contest on FPGA Placement,
organized by Xilinx.
Congratulations to Yibo Lin for winning the
prestigious University Graduate Continuing Fellowship!
Congratulations to Prof. David Pan who has been elected to SPIE Fellow.
Congratulations to Xiaoqing Xu for receiving the Gold Medal at the ACM/SIGDA Student Research Competition (SRC) held at ICCAD 2016.
Congratulations to Xiaoqing Xu who has been selected to receive the 2016 SPIE BACUS Scholarship ($5,000)!
The BACUS Scholarship is awarded to a full-time student in the field of microlithography with an emphasis on optical tooling and/or semiconductor manufacturing technologies.
This scholarship is sponsored by BACUS, the International Technical Group of SPIE dedicated to the advancement of photomask technology.
UTPlacer team (Wuxi Li, Shounak Dhar and Prof. David Pan) won the 1st Place at the 2016 ISPD Contest on FPGA Placement!
This contest was organized/sponsored by Xilinx, the largest FPGA company in the world.
See also an EE Times coverage.
Congratulations to Yibo Lin who just won the
Franco Cerrina Memorial Best Student Paper Award
at the 2016 SPIE Advanced Lithography Conference!
Congratulations to Xiaoqing Xu for winning the
prestigious University Graduate Continuing Fellowship!
Congratulations to Xiaoqing Xu who just won the 2015 SRC TECHCON Best in Session Award!
Congratulations to Subhendu Roy for his graduation as the 20th PhD of UTDA. He will join Cadence as a Principal Software Engineer!
Congratulations to Dr. Bei Yu, who will be joining Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, starting in Fall 2015.
Congratulations to Prof. Pan! He received the
ASP-DAC Frequently Cited Author Award, at the ASP-DAC 20th Anniversary Banquet, as one of the top 3 cited authors in the entire 20 years of ASP-DAC.
Congratulations to Dr. Bei Yu! He has been selected to receive the highly competitive
EDAA Outstanding Disseration Award, to be presented at DATE 2015.
Congratulations to Prof. Pan! He is appointed as the Engineering Foundation Endowed Professor.
Call for poster/participation of 2014 IEEE/ACM Workshop on on Variability Modeling and Characterization(VMC), colocated with ICCAD 2014.
Congratulations to Prof. David Pan who has won the RAISE Faculty Excellence Award (Recognizing Asian & Asian American Faculty & Staff Instilling Strength and Excellence).
The award was given at the annual RAISE Excellence Award Ceremony co-hosted by the Asian/Asian American Faculty and Staff Association (AAAFSA) and the Asian Desi Pacific Islander American Collective (APAC). More infomation.
Congrats to Subhendu Roy, Prof. David Pan, and the Mentor Graphics collaborators Pavlos M. Mattheakis and Laurent Masse-Navette who have won the Best Paper Award at ISPD'14.
Congratulations to Subhendu Roy who has won the Best Student Poster Award at TexasWISE 2014.
Our work on TSV stress full-chip reliability analysis and optimizations for 3D ICs (with GTCAD) has appeared at the Jan. 2014 issue of Communications of the ACM (CACM) Research Highlights. CACM is the flagship magazine of ACM which is sent to all ACM members, currently numbering over 100,000.
Congratulations to Dr. Peng Yu, UTDA Alumnus (PhD in 2009) who has taken a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M Univeristy. Peng has ventured into bioinformatics after his PhD and done a few years of post-doc with Baylor College of Medicine. We wish Peng all the best!
UTDA has multiple openings for graduate and undergraduate research assistants (postdoc will be considered if there's good match). The research we carry on is very interdisciplinary: nanometer IC/emerging technology/cross-layer and algorithms/software development. If you are self-motivated, willing to work hard, with proper basic trainings, please send your resume to Prof. Pan.
Prof. David Pan who has been elevated to
IEEE Fellow for contributions to design for manufacturability in integrated circuits.
Bei who has won the
Silver Medal at the ACM Student Research Competition at ICCAD'13.
Jhih-Rong, Bei, Xiaoqing and Prof. Pan who have won the
2nd Place Award at the ICCAD'13 CAD Contest in "Mask Optimization".
Bei, Xiaoqing, Jhih-Rong and Prof. Pan. Their paper "Methodology for Standard Cell Compliance and Detailed Placement for Triple Patterning Lithography" will receive the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD)
William J. McCalla Best Paper Award on Nov. 18 at the opening session of ICCAD.
Congratulations to Prof. David Z. Pan who has received the major research award from SRC, the SRC Technical Excellence Award, for his SRC-funded work in "Nanometer IC Design for Manufacturability".
SRC is the world's leading technology research consortium, which funds hundreds of PIs and research projects every year. For more, see UT-ECE News,
and SRC Press Release.
Opening for both graduate and undergrauate research assistants, in CAD for extreme scaling, 3D-IC, and beyond! Highly motivated students, please send your resume to Prof. Pan.
Synopsys DAC Conversation Central, an interview of Prof. David Pan by Karen Bartleson on "CAD Research and Education in Extreme Scaling and Beyond" is live. In this interview, Prof. Pan has discussed some researches at UTDA as well as education for CAD in VLSI and emerging technologies.
Graduate students going to industry for summer internship/co-op: Jiwoo Pak (Cadence), Subhendu Roy (Mentor Graphics), Xiaoqing Xu (ARM), Bei Yu (Oracle), Yilin Zhang (IBM ARL). Wish them a productive summer by working with industry collaborators/experts!
Congratulations to Prof. David Pan who will receive two awards at the DAC 50th Anniversay Banquet (to be held at Four Seasons Hotel, Austin, TX, on June 5, 2013): DAC Top 10 Author in Fifth Decade for being one of the top 10 most prolific authors for DAC's fifth decade, and DAC Prolific Author Award. Within the last decade (2004-2013) after Prof. Pan joined UT and founded UTDA, he (along with co-authors, mostly his students) has published 25 papers at DAC, the flagship conference for the design of electronic circuits and systems, electronic design automation (EDA) and embedded systems and software (ESS).
Prof. Pan will give a Keynote speech at the 22nd ACM/IEEE International Workshop on Logic and Synthesis (IWLS'13), co-located with DAC, to be held on June 7 and 8.
Prof. Pan will give a Keynote speech at the 4th European Workshop on CMOS Variability (VARI'13 in September)
Congratulations to Duo Ding, UTDA alumnus (PhD in August 2011) who has been selected to receive the 2013 ACM Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award in Electronic Design Automation (EDA)! The award will be presented at the Opening Session at DAC, on June 4, 2013.
Congratulations to Bei Yu and Jerrica Gao who have been selected to receive the 2013 SPIE Education Scholarship!
Congratulations to Prof. Pan for his promotion to Full Professor (effective Sept. 2013)!
Congratulations to Prof. Pan and the Senior Design team he mentored for winning the 1st Place at the Fall'12 UT-ECE Senior Design Open House.
Congratulations to Bei Yu, Jhih-Rong Gao, and Prof. Pan for winning the 2nd Place Award at the ICCAD'12 CAD Contest in "Fuzzy Pattern Matching for Physical Verification"!
Congratulations to Jiwoo Pak (and co-authors Mohit Pak, Prof. Sung Kyu Lim at Georgia Tech and Prof. David Pan) who has just won a Best in Session Award at the SRC Techcon 2012 !
Graduate students going to industry for summer internship: Jerrica Gao (Intel), Yilin Zhang (Oracle), Subhendu Roy (IBM T. J. Watson Research Center). Wish them a productive summer by working with industry collaborators/experts!
Congratulations to Bei Yu who was just awarded a 2012 IBM PhD Scholarship !
Congratulations to UTDA members Dr. Duo Ding (who is now with Oracle), Bei Yu, Prof. Pan and their co-author Prof. Joydeep Ghosh! Their ASPDAC 2012 paper "EPIC: Efficient Prediction of IC Manufacturing Hotspots With a Unified Meta-Classification Formulation" just received the Best Paper Award at ASPDAC 2012, held in Sydney, Australia from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2, 2012.
Congratulations to current and former UTDA members, Dr. Jae-Seok Yang (Samsung), Katrina Lu (Intel), Dr. Minsik Cho (IBM Watson), Dr. Kun Yuan (Cadence), and Prof. David Z. Pan! Their ASPDAC 2010 paper "A New Graph Theoretic, Multi-Objective Layout Decomposition Framework for Double Patterning Lithography" just received the IBM Research 2010 Pat Goldberg Memorial Best Paper Award.
This best paper award is selected among all published papers in 2010 by IBM researchers, across all areas related with CS, EE, and Math, thus
it is extremely competitive. Cheers!
Graduate students going to industry for summer internship: Jerrica Gao (Synopsys), Jiwoo Pak (Oracle), Bei Yu (Mentor Graphics). Wish them a productive summer by
working with industry collaborators/experts!
Congratulations to our newest PhDs, Dr. James Ban, Dr. Wooyoung Jang, and Dr. Jae-seok Yang who have successfully defended their PhD theses. James has got multiple job offers from leading semiconductor companies and he will join Intel Computational Lithography Group in Oregon. Jae-seok and Wooyoung will go back to Samsung (S. Korea) to resume their technical leadership roles. Wish them all the best!
Congratulatios to Kun! His ISPD 2011 paper "E-Beam Lithography Stencil Planning and Optimization with Overlapped Characters" with Prof. Pan just won the Best Paper Award. ISPD (ACM International Symposium on Physical Design) is the premier conference dedicated on all aspects of physical design and related topics.
Welcome the new visiting scholar/PhD student, Yen-Hung Lin from National Chiao Tong University.
Congratulations to our newest PhD, Dr. Ashutosh Chakraborty and Dr. Kun Yuan who have successfully defended their theses.
Both of them have got multiple job offers from leading semiconductor/EDA companies.
Ashutosh will stay in Austin and work for Oracle Microelectronics, and Kun will go to Silicon Valley and join
Cadence Design Systems. Wish them all the best!
Congratulations to Prof. Pan who has received the highly competitive IBM Faculty Award in 2010.
Congratulations to James Ban, who has received SPIE Scholarship in Optical Science and Engineering (see ECE news here).
Congratulations to Ashutosh Chakraborty! His paper titled "Analysis and Optimization of NBTI Induced Clock Skew in Gated Clock Trees" won the Best Paper (IP) Award in DATE 2009. The award will be presented in DATE 2010.
Congratulations to Jae-Seok and Kun Yuan! Their paper titled "A Multi-Objective Min-Cut Based Layout Decomposition Framework for Double Patterning Lithography" won the Best Paper Award at the ASPDAC 2010.
Congratulations to Prof. David Pan, who just received the Distinguished Young Alumnus Award from UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at its 2009 Awards Dinner. The Distinguished Young Alumnus Award is one of the UCLA Engineering's highest honors. It recognizes outstanding alumni who have graduated during the last decade. The selection committee considers the nominee's career accomplishments, contributions to his or her profession, excellence in research and education, and/or service to the School.
Welcome the new visitor. Ou He just joined UTDA as a collaborative PhD Candidate from Tsinghua University, China (where Ou.s advisor is Prof. Jinian Bian), sponsored by China Scholarship Council. He will spend a year with us.
Welcome new PhD student, Jhih-Rong (Jerrica) Gao! Jerrica got her MS degree from National Tsinghua University (under Prof. Ting-Chi Wang), and then worked in Synopsys R\&D for a couple of years, before deciding to pursue her PhD at UT.
Congratulations to Duo Ding! His paper titled "Machine Learning Based Lithographic Hotspot Detection with Critical Feature Extraction and Classification" won the Best Student Paper Award at the ICICDT 2009. Duo will be interning at Mentor Graphics this summer to implement and enhance the techniques from the paper into industry's leading DFM tool - Calibre.
Graduate students going to industry for summer internship: James Ban (GlobalFoundry), Ashutosh Chakraborty (Synopsys), Duo Ding (Mentor Graphics), Anurag Kumar (Intrinsity), Kun Yuan (Nvidia), Yilin Zhang (ARM). Wish them a productive summer by working with industry collaborators/experts!
New PhD! Congratulations to Dr. Peng Yu. He will join Baylor College of Medicine as a Post-doc Researcher. Peng will use his Electrical and Computer Engineering training to explore new frontiers in computational biology. Cheers!
Congratulations to Xiaokang Shi, who has received a highly competitive IBM Ph.D. Scholarship in recognition of his academic excellence.
Congratulations to Ashutosh, who has just received the UT Graduate School Continuing Fellowship for the academic year of 2009-2010. This is one of the most prestigious fellowships at UT, to recognize the research accomplishments of outstanding PhD students.
Prof. David Pan and his graduate students Ashutosh Chakraborty and Anurag Kumar won Grand Prize ($25,000) in the eASIC Placement Design Challenge. Their placement tool, RegPlace, outperformed the 2nd place team from Univ. of Michigan by 15% in total wirelength. eASIC is a leading silicon valley startup which offers new structured ASIC devices targeting the fast-growing market segment in between FPGA and Standard Cell. RegPlace will be made available open source to the public for further research and development here.
Prof. David Pan is elected to be the 2009 IEEE CANDE (Computer-Aided Network DEsign) Committee Chair (www.cande.net).
ICCAD'08 in San Jose. UTDA has a major presence at ICCAD. Prof. Pan organizes a tutorial on "Nanolithography and CAD Challenges for 32nm/22nm and Beyond" . Four papers will be presented by UTDA current and former members. The paper by Tao in collaboration with IBM entitled "Pyramids: An Efficient Computational Geometry-based Approach for Timing-driven Placement" is nominated for Best Paper Award .
Prof. Pan gave an invited talk at the 2008 International
Conference on Solid-State and Integrated-Circuit Technology (ICSICT),
held in Beijing, China.
Prof. Pan gave a tutorial and IEEE CAS Distinguished Lecture
at the 2008 SBCCI ("Chips in the Pampa"), held in Gramado,
New PhD! Congratulations to Dr. Minsik Cho. He will join IBM T. J. Watson Research Center as a Research Staff Member. Cheers!
Graduate students going to industry for summer internship: James Ban (Freescale, Austin), Anurag Kumar (Intel Austin), Sean Shi (IBM Austin Research Lab), Peng Yu (Cadence Berkeley Lab). Wish them a productive summer!
Peng, who has just received the
Fellowship for the academic year of 2008-2009. This is one of
the most prestigious fellowships at UT, to recognize the research
accomplishments of outstanding PhD students.
4/7/2008: Congratulations to Peng, who has just been awarded the 2008
SPIE Educational Scholarship.
Sun Microsystems kicked off its
OpenSparc Center of Excellence at UT Austin, which Prof. Pan
leads the overall effort. This center will be involved in
cross-disciplinary research and curriculum development related to
OpenSparc, including circuit design, CAD, architecture, testing,
compiler, and so on. David Pan, Jacob Abraham, and Derek Chiou
spearheaded the efforts. See a
picture of the opening ceremony (with Cockrell School of Engineering
Dean Ben Streetman and Dr. David Yen, Executive Vice President of Sun).
ASPDAC'08 in Korea. Our paper (by Rajaram and Pan) "MeshWorks: An
Efficient Framework for Planning, Synthesis and Optimization of Clock
Mesh Networks" is nominated for Best
Paper Award at ASPDAC.
12/18/07: Congratulations to Prof. Pan. He is promoted to
Associate Professor (with tenure),
effective on September 1, 2008.
- 12/16/07: Prof. Pan is selected as an IEEE-CAS Society 2008-2009 Distinguished Lecturer Program (DLP) speaker. His lecture will be on Synergistic Modeling and Optimization for Nanometer IC Design/Manufacturing Integration. Please work with local IEEE chapters to make arrangement for this IEEE sponsored DLP.
- 12/9/07: Congratulations to Dr. Tao Luo
and Dr. Anand Ramalingam. Both have successfully defended their Ph.D.
theses and graduated in Dec. 2007!
They will join Magma Design
- 11/6/07: Congratulations to Tung-Chieh (Donnie) Chen (Visiting student at UTDA). He and his teammate won the First Place Award at the ICCAD 2007 CADathlon programming contest.
- 11/5/07: Prof. Pan co-organized and spoke at the half-day tutorial at ICCAD'07 on "DFM Routing and Clock Distributions". His tutorial slides on "DFM Routing: An Overview" are available upon request.
- 9/12/07: Congratulations to Tao Luo. His paper with David Newmark (AMD) and David Pan entitled "Effective Power Optimization Combining Placement, Sizing, and Multi-Vt Techniques" won the Best Paper in Session Award at SRC Techcon 2007. SRC Techcon is a biannual technical conference and fair to showcase the SRC sponsored university researches.
- 9/5/07: Welcome the new visitor: Ms. Shanhu Shen just joined UTDA group as a visiting PhD Candidate from Zhejiang University (where Shanhu's PhD advisor is Prof. Xiaolang Yan), sponsored by China Scholarship Council. She will be at UT for collaborative research for a year.
- 8/25/07: Welcome the new PhD students at UTDA: James Ban who was a key litho/DFM engineer at Samsung and Anurag Kumar who got his BS from IIT and worked for Atrenta for a year.
7/11/07: Prof. Pan is invited to speak at the quarterly Cadence Distinguished Seminar Series on "Synergistic Modeling and Optimization for Physical and Electrical DFM". The seminar was held at the Cadence headquarter in San Jose. Prof. Pan also visited Cadence Berkeley Lab and discussed with researchers there on our SRC-funded projects.
6/26/07: Prof. Pan wins a $410K National Science Foundation CAREER Award.
5/18/07: UTDA participates in DAC’07: Prof. Pan will give a two-hour invited talk at the Design Automation Summer School on Design and CAD for Manufacturability. Anand and Minsik will present their DAC papers on accurate waveform modeling and DFM-aware routing, respectively. Tung-Chieh (visiting scholar from NTU) will present his work on MP-tree. Kun will participate in the DAC Young Student Program. Last but not least, Minsik and Kun will demonstrate BoxRouter 2.0 at the DAC University Booth.
- 5/17/07: Graduate students going to
industry for summer internship: Ashutosh Chakraborty (AMD Austin),
Minsik Cho (IBM Watson), Katrina Lu (Intel Oregon), Tao Luo (IBM ARL),
Sean Shi (Blaze DFM, Sunnyvale), Kun Yuan (TeraRoute, Austin). Wish them
a productive summer!
4/11/07: Congratulations to Minsik Cho,
who has received a highly competitive IBM Ph.D. Scholarship in
recognition of his academic excellence.
3/21/07: In the ISPD’07 Global Routing Contest, BoxRouter won the 2nd place in the realistic 3D category. BoxRouter was originally proposed on a DAC 2006 paper
which significantly pushed the state-of-the-art, and helped to generate
the renaissance of the recent routing research. There are 11 teams
participated in the final contest (17 teams signed up originally from
both academia and industry). BoxRouter actually completed the most
number of circuits successfully for 2D and 3D categories. How to rank
the quality of global routers is still controversial. No matter under
what metric, BoxRouter proved itself to be one of the best.
Congratulations to Minsik, the main developer of BoxRouter, and Kun and Katrina who helped in development/testing. See an EE Times article on the ISPD routing contest.
(Donnie) Chen joined UTDA as a visiting scholar from National Taiwan
University (NTU), under the "Graduate Students Study Abroad Program"
by National Science Council of Taiwan. Donnie is a PhD candidate supervised
by Prof. Yao-Wen Chang at NTU. He will be with UTDA for one year.
will have a major presence at ICCAD'06, the premier conference in
electronic design technology. Six graduate students will be there,
including 4 co-authors (Anand, Minsik, Peng and Sean) who will present
their ICCAD papers and 2 first-year graduate students (Ashutosh and
Kun) who will participate in the ACM/SIGDA
CADathlon programming contest. On Thursday Nov. 9, Prof. Pan will
give a half-day tutorial
on DFM with Dr. Chris Mack and Dr. Evanthia Papadopoulou.
Pan will give an Invited Talk on "Lithography and CMP Aware Routing"
at the 1st IEEE Design for Manufacturability
and Yield Workshop (DFM&Y), to be held on Oct. 26-27 in conjunction
with the International Test Conference 2006. He will also participate
in the panel - "What Will Make or Break DFM&Y", moderated
by Gary Smith, Chief EDA Analyst of Dataquest.
6/30/06: Our DAC'06
A New Global Router Based on Box Expansion and Progressive ILP"
is nominated for Best Paper Award. BoxRouter significantly
pushes the state-of-the-art of global routing, a classic physical
design problem with novel approach and paradigm. BoxRouter
is available for download.
6/22/06: Our ICCAD'05
Temperature Aware Clock-tree Optimization" is covered by
EE Times on 6/19/2006 in the report "Chip
designers feel the heat" by Richard Goering.
Pan won the 2006 IBM Faculty Award.
Lu, who just finished her B.S. from UT ECE, has won the SRC Master's
Scholarship to continue her graduate study and perform SRC-sponsored
research under Prof. Pan's supervision.
papers are accepted by the IEEE/ACM 2006 International Conference
on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD). Congratulations to Anand, Minsik,
Peng and Sean!
PhD from UTDA! Haoxing Ren has successfully defended his PhD dissertation
on "Incremental Placement for Modern VLSI Design Closure".
Congratulations and we wish him all the best. Dr. Ren works at IBM
EDA as a key member of its placement team.
students going to leading industry groups for summer internship: Minsik
Cho and Sean Shi (IBM Watson), Tao Luo (AMD), Anand Ramalingam (Intel),
Peng Yu (IBM SRDC).
ISPD'06 paper by A. Rajaram and D. Z. Pan, "Variation
Tolerant Buffered Clock Network Synthesis with Cross Links" ,
is covered by EE Times on April 17, 2006 in the report "Paths
to better timing analysis" by Richard Goering.
papers from our group are accepted as regular papers by the 43rd ACM/IEEE
Design Automation Conference.
Pan and Minsik Cho attended ASPDAC'06 in Japan. Their paper "Fast
Substrate Noise-Aware Floorplanning with Preference Directed Graph
for Mixed-Signal SOCs" is nominated for Best Paper Award
at ASPDAC. Only 8 papers are nominated, out of 424 submissions.
Pan visited Fujitsu (our research sponsor) and gave a 2-hour seminar
on "Physical Design for Manufacturabiltiy". It attacted
a record number of attendees (200+).
- 1/1/06: Prof. Pan
is appointed as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Computer
Aided Design (TCAD), and IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II:
Express Briefs (TCAS-II).
Pan is selected to be the winner of the 2005 ACM/SIGDA Outstanding
New Faculty Award, "for a junior faculty member early
in her or his academic career who demonstrates outstanding potential
as an educator and/or researcher in the field of electronic design
automation". The award will be presented at the opening session
of ICCAD 2005.
students return to school from their summer internships: Minsik Cho
(Intel), Tao Luo (AMD), Anand Ramalingam (IBM Austin Research Lab),
and Peng Yu (Synopsys ATG)
Pan received the 2005 IBM Faculty Award.