Former Ph.D. Student Shiyan Hu receives prestigious NSF CAREER Award

A former Ph.D. student of the Computer Engineering and Systems group is making some news across the country. Dr. Shiyan Hu, who now serves on faculty at Michigan Technological University in its Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received the prestigious NSF CAREER Award.

This highly competitive award, which is titled, “CAREER: Integrated Research and Education in Physical Design Automation for Nanotechnology and VLSI Technology Co-Design,” is given to someone who, “exemplifies the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.”

Under the advising of Texas A&M’s own Dr. Jiang Hu, Dr. Shiyan Hu received his Ph.D. at Texas A&M University in 2008 in Computer Engineering. Dr. Shiyan Hu focuses his research in the field of Computer-Aided Design VLSI Circuits and Embedded Systems.

VLSI circuits can be found in smart phones, home appliances, personal computer, and virtually any other modern technology. These devices make extensive use of nanotechnology, which involves bundling thousands of tiny copper wires to wire transistors. This collection of wires will often not have a greater diameter than the size of a single hair.

Unfortunately, the small cross-sectional area of these wires creates a large resistance, which makes the interconnect delay the limiting factor for the timing of the whole chip. Dr. Shiyan Hu has devoted his research to making these chips perform increasingly faster through decreasing the interconnect delay. He has sought out the use of materials such as carbon nanotubes and grapheme nano-ribbons that will make this more of a reality in the coming years.

The CAREER award will fund a five-year project headed by Dr. Shiyan Hu to develop ground breaking physical layout co-design methodology for next-generation integrated circuits. His research will facilitate design closure for circuits whose timing cannot be closed with traditional physical synthesis. This has exceeding potential to utilize leading nanotechnologies into practical circuit design, and it would revolutionize the prevailing circuit design paradigm.

Dr. Shiyan Hu has accumulated numerous accolades throughout his career including serving as Guest Editors for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems, and VLSI Design Journal. He also serves as the Technical Program Committee subcommittee chairs or co-chairs for IEEE/ACM Design Automation Conference 2014, IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design 2011, IEEE International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design 2011, and for many other committees.

It comes as little surprise that a fellow Aggie is carrying on a tradition of excellence in his work. Not only has Dr. Shiyan Hu collected the achievement of being an Assistant Professor at Michigan Tech, he is the only recipient in his department in 6 years.  Texas A&M’s Computer Engineering Systems Group salutes Dr. Shiyan Hu for his outstanding work.