Sophia Shao

Yakun Sophia Shao

Assistant Professor

SK Hynix Faculty Fellow

EECS, UC Berkeley

ysshao [at] berkeley [.] edu


Cory 570, Berkeley, CA 94720


[CV] [Google Scholar]
I am an Assistant Professor and an SK Hynix Faculty Fellow at the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences department of University of California, Berkeley. Previously, I was a Senior Research Scientist at NVIDIA Research. I received my Ph.D. degree in 2016 and S.M. degree in 2014 from Harvard University. My research interests are in the area of computer architecture, with a special focus on specialized accelerator, heterogeneous architecture, and agile VLSI design methodology. My work has been awarded the Best Paper Award at DAC 2021, the Best Paper Award at JSSC 2020, a Best Paper Award at MICRO 2019, Top Picks in Computer Architecture (2014), and Honorable Mentions (2019*2). My Ph.D. dissertation was nominated by Harvard for ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award. I am an SK Hynix Faculty Fellow and a recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, the 2022 IEEE TCCA Young Computer Architect Award, a Google Faculty Rising Stars Award in Systems Research, a Facebook Research Award, an Okawa Foundation Research Grant, and the inaugural Dr. Sudhakar Yalamanchili Award.

I am looking for motivated Ph.D. and M.S. students, postdoctoral scholars, and undergraduate researchers. If you are interested, please email me with a copy of your CV to start a conversation. If you are an undergraduate student at Berkeley interested in doing research, please fill out this interest form.
Education
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Ph.D. in Computer Science
Sept 2009 - May 2016
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Master of Science in Computer Science
Sept 2009 - May 2014
Zhejiang University, China
Bachelor of Electrical Engineering
Sept 2005 - May 2009
Professional Experience
Assistant Professor
UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Aug 2019 - present
Senior Research Scientist
NVIDIA, Santa Clara, CA
Oct 2018 - July 2019
Research Scientist
NVIDIA, Santa Clara, CA
July 2016 - Sept 2018
Research Intern
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY
July 2015 - Sept 2015
Research Intern
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY
July 2014 - Sept 2014
Research Intern
Intel Labs, Santa Clara, CA
June 2012 - Sept 2012
Recent News
01/2023: Sophia receives an NSF CAREER Award. Thanks NSF for the generous support!
01/2023: Sophia is teaching CS152/252A in Spring 2023.
01/2023: The SLICE winter retreat went well. Thanks all for the support and feedback!
12/2022: Sophia won one of the Okawa Foundation Research Grants. Thanks for your support!
12/2022: Sophia gives a talk at the Amazon Architecture Summit.
12/2022: Sophia is elevated to the grade of IEEE Senior Member. Thanks all for your support!
11/2022: Our work on dynamic multi-tenancy execution for DNN accelerators is accepted at HPCA. Congrats all!.
10/2022: Sophia gives a talk at the Fast Machine Learning for Science Workshop.
09/2022: Sophia wins an Intel Rising Star Faculty Award. Thank you Intel for your continued support!.
09/2022: Sophia gives a talk at the MLBench workshop during MLSys'2022.
09/2022: We organized the 2nd Gemmini tutorial at MLSys'2022.
08/2022: Sophia is teaching EECS151/251A in Fall 2022.
06/2022: Sophia receives the 2022 IEEE TCCA Young Computer Architect Award! Thank you all for the support!
05/2022: The hybrid BWRC and SLICE summer retreats went well. Thanks all for the support and feedback!