Four Outstanding Innovators Selected to Receive Design Automation Conference’s Innovators Under 40 Award

Engineers from industry to academia recognized for their contributions to EDA

SAN FRANCISCO, June 14, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The collective success of the electronics industry is built on individual achievements, with each innovation building on previous breakthroughs. Much of this emerged at the annual Design Automation Conference, the industry’s largest event focused on research and technology for design and automation from chip design to systems. DAC and its sponsors – the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) – are pleased to announce the four winners of the 2022 Under-40 Innovators Award. The award recognizes top young innovators who have made a significant impact in the field of electronics design and automation.

Winners will be recognized at the 59e DAC will be held July 10-14, 2022 at Moscone West in San Francisco, CA. DAC will co-locate with SEMICON West 2022, which will be held at the Moscone Center, North and South Concourses, July 12-15, 2022. Winners will attend the awards ceremony to be held on Tuesday, July 11 at 8:45 a.m. AM PDT at the DAC live event.

The 2022 Innovation under 40 winners are:

Yanjing Li, University of Chicago

Yanjing Li is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Chicago. Professor Li’s research interests focus on computer architecture, systems and design of very large scale integration circuits. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, she was a senior researcher at Intel Labs. Professor Li obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. She earned a master’s degree in Mathematical Science with honors and a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering and computer science from Carnegie Mellon University. She has received various awards, including the Google Research Scholar Award, the Intel Labs Gordy Academy Award (the highest award from Intel Labs), and several other Intel recognition awards. She also obtained an outstanding thesis award from the European Design and Automation Association (EDAA) and received several awards for the bestpaper rewards.

Luca Amaru, Synopsis

Luca Amaru is a Principal R&D Engineer with the Silicon Realization Group of Synopsys Inc. He is responsible for designing the next generation of logic optimization and synthesis technologies. Dr. Amaru leads an outstanding team of R&D engineers focusing on logic synthesis. Previously, he was a research assistant at EPFL, Integrated Systems Laboratory, Lausanne, Switzerland and a visiting researcher at Stanford University. Dr. Amaru obtained his Ph.D. in computer science from EPFL. He obtained his double master’s degree in electronic engineering, with honors, from Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy, and Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy.

Dr. Amaru has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific publications, including one book and two book chapters. He holds 15 patents and has received several awards, including the AI ​​2000 Honorable Mention for Most Influential Researcher in Chip Technology, the IEEE TCAD Donald O. Pederson Award for Best Paper, the EDAA Outstanding Thesis Award, and the nominations for best papers. Dr. Amaru has been on the organizing committee of the International Workshop on Logic & Synthesis for several years, most recently as General Chair and Program Chair (2019, 2020). He served as co-chair of the Reed-Muller workshop program in 2019. He has been a member of the program technical committee of many IEEE/ACM conferences such as DAC, ICCAD, DATE and others. Dr. Amaru is Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on CAD. He is a senior member of the IEEE.

Dr. Hesham OmranAin Shams University

Dr. Hesham Omran obtained B.Sc. (Honours) and M.Sc. degrees from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt in 2007 and 2010 respectively, and Ph.D. graduated from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia in 2015, all in Electrical Engineering. From 2008 to 2011, he was a design engineer at Si-Ware Systems (SWS), Cairo, Egypt, where he worked on the circuit and system design of the first miniaturized FT-IR MEMS spectrometer (NeoSpectra), and a researcher and teaching assistant at the Integrated Circuits Laboratory (ICL), Ain Shams University. From 2011 to 2016 he was a researcher at the Sensors Lab, KAUST. He completed internships at Bosch Research and Technology Center, California, USA, and at Mentor Graphics, Cairo, Egypt. In 2016, he joined ICL, Ain Shams University, where he is currently an associate professor. He created the Mastering Microelectronics YouTube channel which has over 7,000 subscribers. He co-founded Master Micro in 2020 to develop Analog Designer’s Toolbox (ADT), a new EDA tool that defines a new paradigm for analog IC design. Dr. Hesham has received several awards, including the Egyptian State Encouragement Award for Engineering in 2019. He has published over 40 papers in international journals and conferences. His research interests are in the design of analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits, and more specifically in analog and mixed-signal CAD tools and design automation.

Dr. Guangyu Sun, Peking University

Dr. Guangyu Sun is an associate professor at the School of Integrated Circuits, Peking University. He received his BS and MS degrees from Tsinghua University, Beijing in 2003 and 2006, respectively. He got his doctorate. degree in Computer Science from Pennsylvania State University in 2011. His research focuses on design and automation for energy-efficient computing architecture. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed journals and conference papers in the field. Her work has been recognized with three Best Paper Awards and three Best Paper nominations. He is the recipient of the EDAA Outstanding Thesis Award, the CCF-IEEE CS Young Computer Scientist Award, and the Beijing Artificial Intelligence Academy (BAAI) Young Scientist Award. He is a member of CCF, IEEE and ACM.

DAC provides exceptional training, education, exposure, and networking opportunities for hardware and software designers, researchers, software developers, computer engineers, and software tool vendors. Registration for the DAC is now open. There are three ways to attend the DAC: the free I LOVE DAC pass, the Engineering Track pass or the Full Conference pass.

The I Love DAC pass is available during the three days of the live event sponsored by Cliosoft, Empyrean Technology and Menta. The I LOVE DAC pass will include:

  • Four introductory sessions & three SKY conferences

  • Technical conferences and analyst presentations

  • DAC roof panels

  • Engineering Track Poster Sessions

  • Cloud design presentations

  • Design in the cloud Hands-on training in design in the cloud

  • Access to the DAC exhibition with over 120+ exhibitors

  • Daily networking happy hour – Sunday through Wednesday during the live event

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About DAC

The Design Automation Conference (DAC) is recognized as the premier event for electronic circuit and system design, as well as electronic design automation (EDA) and silicon solutions. A diverse global community representing more than 1,000 organizations attend each year, represented by system designers and architects, logic and circuit designers, validation engineers, CAD managers, senior managers and executives, researchers and scholars from major universities. Nearly 60 technical sessions selected by a committee of electronics design experts offer information on recent developments and trends, management practices and new products, methodologies and technologies. One of DAC’s strengths is its exposure and following with approximately 160 of the leading and emerging EDA, silicon, intellectual property (IP) and design service providers. The conference is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and is supported by the ACM Special Interest Group on Automation Design (ACM SIGDA).

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