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Yangdong (Steve) Deng
Yangdong (Steve) Deng received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, in 2006. He received his ME and BE degrees in Electronic Department from Tsinghua University, Beijing, in 1998 and 1995, respectively.

His Ph.D. research focuses on a new 3-dimensional (3-D) VLSI integration scheme. Due to its die-to-die stacking architecture enhanced by an incremental testing methodology, the proposed 3-D integration scheme could significantly improve the fabrication yield. He developed the first generation 3-D VLSI layout design tools. He also evaluated the performance gain of implementing several real world designs including a microprocessor into 3-D integration. His work was introduced in a special topic session on International Solid State Circuit Conference, 2005.

During his Ph.D. research, he also developed an efficient algorithm to optimize the interconnection network for System-on-Chips. The work opened up a new research direction to optimize system interconnection by taking into account the predicted layout information.

He joined Incentia design Systems in 2004 as a senior software engineer (before finishing his Ph.D. dissertation). From 2006 to Feb. 2008, he was with Magma Design Automation as a software architect. In both companies, he had been developing leading edge physical design tools. He was one of the main developers of Magma’s new Talus million-gate IC design toolkit. He received an award from Magma Design Automation for his contribution to the NEC project.

Since Mar. 2008, he has been with Institute of Microelectronics, Tsinghua University as an associate professor. His research interests include parallel electronic design automation (EDA) algorithms, electronic system level (ESL) design, and parallel program optimization. His research is supported by the EDA Key Project of China Ministry of Science and Technology, Intel University Program, NVidia Professor Partnership Award and others. He is going to the principle investigator of the Parallel Electronic Design Automation Project sponsored by the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (863 Program).

Besides his research publications, he coauthored a textbook book, Structural VLSI Design and High Level Synthesis (in Chinese). Published by Tsinghua Publishing House, the book was nominated by China Department of Education as the official graduate textbook on digital system designs and was extensively used by Tsinghua and other China universities since 2000. He organized and taught two 5-day short courses on CUDA based massively parallel programming, which are the first teaching practices to systematically disseminate CUDA expertise in China.