Jason (Jingsheng) Cong

Jason (Jingsheng) Cong

DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR
COMPUTER SCIENCE

Volgenau Chair for Engineering Excellence

Engineering VI - Room 468A

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Jason Cong received his B.S. degree in computer science from Peking University in 1985, his M.S. and Ph. D. degrees in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987 and 1990, respectively. Currently, he is the Volgenau Chair for Engineering Excellence at the UCLA Computer Science Department, the director of Center for Customizable Domain-Specific Computing (CDSC), and the director of the VAST (VLSI Architecture, Synthesis, and Technology) Laboratory. He served as the department chair from 2005 to 2008.

Dr. Cong’s research interests include electronic design automation, energy-efficient computing, customized computing for big-data applications, highly scalable algorithms, and quantum computing. He has over 500 publications in these areas, including fifteen best paper awards, three 10-Year Retrospective Most Influential Paper Awards, and the 2011 ACM/IEEE A. Richard Newton Technical Impact Award in Electric Design Automation. His work on FlowMap was the first inducted to the FPGA and Reconfigurable Computing Hall of Fame by ACM TCFPGA. He was elected to IEEE Fellow in 2000 and ACM Fellow in 2008. He was the first who received the Technical Achievement Award from both the IEEE Circuits and System (CAS) Society (2010) and IEEE Computer Society (2016). He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2017 and a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors in 2020. He received the University Research Award for excellence in semiconductor design research from the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) in 2019.

Dr. Cong has graduated 40 PhD students. Two of them are now IEEE Fellows, six of them got the highly competitive NSF Career Award, one of them received the ACM SIGDA Outstanding Dissertation Award and another received the EDAA Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award. Ten of them are now faculty members in major research universities, including Cornell, Fudan Univ., Georgia Tech., Peking Univ., Purdue, SUNY Binghamton, UCLA, UIUC, Univ. of Pittsburg, and UT Austin. Many others are in key R&D or management positions in various companies related to the information technologies, such as Arista, Bloomberg, Broadcom, Cadence, Facebook, Google, IBM, Intel, Mentor Graphics, Micron, Synopsys, and Xilinx. Also, several of Dr. Cong’s PhD students and postdocs are co-founders, together with Dr. Cong, of three startups originated from UCLA, including Aplus Design Technologies for FPGA physical synthesis and architecture evaluation (acquired by Magma in 2003, now part of Synopsys), AutoESL Design Technologies for high-level synthesis (acquired by Xilinx in 2011), and Falcon Computing Solutions, a startup dedicated to enabling FPGA-based customized computing in data centers.
RESEARCH AND INTERESTS
  • Computer-aided design of VLSI circuits and systems
  • Reconfigurable architecture and reconfigurable computing
  • Design and analysis of algorithms
  • Computer architectures
EDUCATION
  • Ph.D. in Computer Science:  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1990
  • M.S. in Computer Science: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1987
  • B.S. in Computer Science: Peking University, 1985
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
  • FPGA Best Paper Award, March 2021.
  • National Academy of Inventors Fellow, December 2020.
  • Volgenau Chair for Engineering Excellence | Samueli School of Engineering, October 2020.
  • William J. McCalla ICCAD Best Paper Award, November 2019.
  • SIA University Researcher Award, November 2019.
  • Outstanding Oversea Contribution Award by the China Computer Federation (CCF), October 2017.
  • Best Paper Award, the International Symposium on Memory Systems (MEMSYS), Oct 2017, for the paper “AIM: Accelerating Computational Genomics through Scalable and Noninvasive Accelerator-Interposed Memory”.
  • PhD advisor of Bingjun Xiao whose dissertation “Communication Optimization for Customizable Domain-Specific Computing” received the 2016 EDAA Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award.
  • FPGA and Reconfigurable Computing Hall of Fame Program inducted the paper "Flow Map: An Optimal Technology Mapping Algorithm for Delay Optimization in Look-Up Table Based FPGA Designs” into the inaugural class of the Hall of Fame, 2017.
  • Member of the National Academy of Engineering, among the highest honors that can be accorded to an American engineer “for pioneering contributions to application-specific programmable logic via innovations in field programmable gate array (FPGA) synthesis”, 2017.
  • The ASP-DAC’17 10-Year Retrospective Most Influential Paper Award for the paper entitled “Thermal-Aware 3D IC Placement Via Transformation” published in ASP-DAC in 2007.
  • IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award (2016), “For setting the algorithmic foundations for high-level synthesis of field programmable gate arrays”.
  • The ASPDAC’15 Ten Year Retrospective Most Influential Paper Award for the paper titled “Thermal-Driven Multilevel Routing for 3-D ICs” published in ASPDAC’2005, Asia South-Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASPDAC), Jan. 20, 2015.
  • The ICCAD’14 Ten Year Retrospective Most Influential Paper Award for the paper titled “A Thermal-Driven Floorplanning Algorithm for 3D ICs” published in ICCAD 2004 Conference, International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD), November 3, 2014.
  • Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, October 24, 2014.
  • Best Paper Award, 2013 International Conference on Hardware/Software Co-design and System Synthesis (CODES+ISSS 2013) for the paper “Improving Polyhedral Code Generation for High-Level Synthesis”.
  • The 50th Design Automation Conference Prolific Author Award -- DAC 40 Club for publishing 40-49 papers in the first 50 years of DAC.
  • PhD advisor of Dr. Guojie Luo whose thesis entitled "Placement and Design Planning for 3D Integrated Circuits" received the 2013 ACM SIGDA Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award in electronic design automation.
  • 2013 ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems (TODAES) Best Paper Award for "“Automatic Memory Partitioning and Scheduling for Throughput and Power Optimization, ” published in March 2011.
  • Best Paper Award, 2013 ACM/SIGDA International Symposium on Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (for the paper “Polyhedral-Based Data Reuse Optimization for Configurable Computing”).
  • 2012 ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems (TODAES) Best Paper Award for "Behavior-Level Observability Analysis for Operation Gating in Low-Power Behavioral Synthesis” published in Nov. 2010.
  • IBM Faculty Award (three times), 2002, 2006, and 2012.
  • Two papers of Dr. Cong and his former students (in FPGA’95 and FPGA’99) were selected for FPGA20: the most significant contributions in the FPGA Symposium from 1992 – 2001.
  • ACM/IEEE A. Richard Newton Technical Impact Award in Electric Design Automation (2011), “for pioneering work on technology mapping for FPGA that has made significant impact to the FPGA research community and industry.”
  • Best Paper AwardIEEE Symposium on Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines (2011)
  • IEEE Circuits and System (CAS) Society Technical Achievement Award (2010), “for seminal contributions to electronic design automation, especially in FPGA synthesis, VLSI interconnect optimization, and physical design automation.”
  • Best Paper Award, 2009 IEEE Symposium on Application Specific Processors (SASP)
  • Semiconductor Research Corporation Inventor Recognition Award (2009)
  • ACM Fellow (2008),“for contributions to electronic design automation”.
  • Best Paper Award, 2008 Int’l Symposium on High Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA)
  • Semiconductor Research Corporation Inventor Recognition Award (2006)
  • Outstanding Alumni Award of Peking University (2005)
  • Best Paper Award, 2005 International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD) (April 2005)
  • Best Paper Award, ACM Transaction on Design Automation of Electronic Systems (TODAES) (2005)
  • Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (2004-2005)
  • Okawa Foundation Research Grant (2004)
  • Semiconductor Research Corporation Technical Excellence Award (2000), for his work in area "Interconnect Estimation Planning and Synthesis for Deep Sub-micron Designs"
  • IEEE Fellow (2000) “for seminal contributions in computer-aided design of integrated circuits, especially in physical design automation, interconnect optimization, and synthesis of field-programmable gate-arrays.”
  • Semiconductor Research Corporation Inventor Recognition Award (2000)
  • Guest Professorship, Peking University (2000)
  • ACM SIGDA Meritorious Service Award (1998)
  • ACM Recognition of Service Award (1997)
  • Best Paper Award of IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design from IEEE Circuits and System Society (1995)
  • National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award (1993)
  • Northrop Corporation Outstanding Junior Faculty Research Award from UCLA (1993)
  • National Science Foundation Engineering Research Initiation Award (1991)
  • Ross J. Martin Award for Excellence in Research from University of Illinois (1989)
  • DEC Fellowship in Computer Science (1988)
  • Best Graduate Award from Peking University (1985)