Yiran Chen

yiran chenAssociate Professor

Co-Director, Evolutionary Intelligence Lab 

Benedum Hall, Room 1107, Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Email: yic52@pitt.edu
Phone Number: +1 (412) 624-5836
Fax: +1 (412) 624-8003

Yiran Chen received B.S (1998, with honor) and M.S. (2001, with honor) in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University, China and Ph.D. (2005) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN.  He was with Synopsys Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, where he developed the award-winning statistical static timing analysis EDA tool “PrimeTimeVX”. Dr. Chen joined alterative technology group (then solid state drive group) of Seagate Technology in 2007, where he worked on the next-generation nonvolatile memory and solid state drive (SSD) controller. In 2010, he joined University of Pittsburgh as Assistant Professor at Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

His research interests include VLSI design/CAD for nano-scale Silicon and non-Silicon technologies, low-power circuit design and computer architecture, emerging memory technologies and nano-scale reconfigurable computing system and sensor system. Dr. Chen has published more than 160 technical publications in refereed journals and conferences and 7 book chapters, has 82 granted US and European patents, 21 pending US and international patents and 1 Seagate Trade Secret. His book (co-authored with Prof. Hai Li): “Nonvolatile Memory Design: Magnetic, Resistive, and Phase Changing”, was published in 2011 by CRC Press.

Dr. Chen serves as the patent review board member of Seagate Memory Product Group (MPG) between 2007 and 2010. He is the associate editors of IEEE Transactions on CAD of Integrated Circuits and Systems (TCAD), ACM Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems (JETC), ACM SIGDA e-news, and the editor of Journal of Convergence Information Technology (JCIT). He has been the organization committee chair and member, technical program committee member, track chair, session chair of many international conferences, including DAC, ICCAD, DATE, ASP-DAC, ISLPED, FPT, ISCAS, CODES+ISSS, etc. He has been the reviewer for numerous journals and conferences.

Dr. Chen received “The hot 100 products of 2006 – PrimeTimeVX” from EDN and the finalist of “Prestigious 2007 DesignVision Awards” from International Engineering Consortium (IEC). He also received “PrimeTimeVX – EDN 100 Hot Products Distinction” from Synopsys Inc. He received three best paper awards from ISQED 2008, ISLPED 2010, and GLSVLSI 2013, two best paper nominations from ISQED 2010 and 2005, one best paper candidate from DATE 2010, and three best paper nominations from ASP-DAC 2011, 2013 and 2014. His student, Wujie Wen, received 49th DAC A. Richard Newton Scholarship. His invention of Spintronic Memristor was interviewed and reported by IEEE Spectrum in March 2009. He was invited to participate in 2013 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. He received NSF CAREER award in 2013. Dr. Chen is named the 2014 recipient of the Outstanding New Faculty Award from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Design Automation (SIGDA) in March 2014.

Yiran Chen
yic52@pitt.edu

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