March 27, 2014
ECE PhD Wangyang Zhang has won the 2014 ACM SIGDA Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award in Electronic Design Automation for his dissertation entitled “IC Spatial Variation Modeling: Algorithms and Applications.” The award is given each year to the outstanding PhD dissertation that makes the most substantial contribution to the theory and/or application in the field of electronic design automation. Dr. Zhang was co-advised by Associate Professor Xin Li and Adjunct Professor Rob Rutenbar.
Through his PhD research, Dr. Zhang developed a theoretical framework, referred to as Virtual Probe (VP), to model the spatial variations of nanoscale integrated circuits at the wafer or die level with a theoretically-guaranteed minimum set of measurement data. His work has been successfully applied to a number of practical applications, including post-silicon validation and tuning, integrated circuit testing and manufacture process modeling.
Dr. Zhang will accept the award, including a certificate and a check for $1,000, at the Design Automation Conference in June in San Francisco.