Co-Director, Evolutionary Intelligence Lab
Benedum Hall, Room 1108, Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone Number: +1 (412) 648-9597
Fax: +1 (412) 624-8003
Hai (Helen) Li received B.S. (1998) in Electronic Engineering and M.S. (2000) in Microelectronics from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, and Ph.D. (2004) on Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. Dr. Li was an Assistant Professor at Polytechnic Institute of New York University since 2009 and joined Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Pittsburgh in 2012. Prior her academic career, she had been at Qualcomm Inc., Intel Corp, and Seagate Technology, working on memory technology and design from traditional SRAM to emerging memory and memristor technologies. Her research on data-retention low-power SRAM design has been used in Intel processors. When she worked at alterative technology group (then solid state drive group) of Seagate Technology, Dr. Li led a circuit design team on spintronic memory (MRAM) and resistive memory (RRAM) testing chips for several successful tapeouts.
Dr. Li’s research focuses on nano-scale computing and sensing system with novel silicon and post-silicon devices, including memory design and architecture, neuromorphic architecture for brain-inspired computing systems, and cross-layer co-optimization for low power and high performance systems. Dr. Li has published 100+ technical publications in refereed journals and conferences. In 2011, she published her co-authored book (with Dr. Yiran Chen): “Nonvolatile Memory Design: Magnetic, Resistive, and Phase Changing” by CRC Press. She has been granted 68 US and international patents with other 12 pending applications.
Her research works are well received in both academia and industry with many awards and acknowledgements. Some examples include:
- DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA), 2013
- NSF CAREER Award, 2012
- Best paper awards in ISQED 2008, ISLPED 2010, and GLSVLSI 2013.
- Best paper nominations in ISQED 2010, DATE 2010, ASPDAC 2011, ICCAD 2012, and ICCAD 2013.
Dr. Li has served as the technical program committee member, track chair, session chair for 20+ different international conferences and delivered 38 invited talks in multiple technical forums. She has been a reviewer for numerous journals and conferences. Her invention of spintronic memristor was interviewed and reported by IEEE Spectrum in March 2009 as feature article.