Sophia Shao

Yakun Sophia Shao

Assistant Professor

SK Hynix Faculty Fellow

EECS, UC Berkeley

ysshao [at] berkeley [.] edu


Cory 570, Berkeley, CA 94720


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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 a Google Faculty Rising Stars Award in Systems Research, a Facebook Research Award, 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.
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
04/2022: Sophia gives a talk at the Design Automation Webinar as part of the Best EDA Research in 2021 series.
03/2022: Sophia gives a talk at tinyML Summit 2022.
03/2022: Our work on learning a latent space representation for hardware design is accepted at ISPASS'2022. Congrats all!
03/2022: Sophia gives a talk at VLSID'2022.
02/2022: Sophia co-chairs the ML session at ISSCC'2022.
02/2022: The Next-Gen Circuit Designer workshop at ISSCC'2022 went well. Thank you all for participating!
02/2022: Sophia gives a guest lecture at the AI-Sys class at UC Berkeley.
01/2022: Sophia is teaching EECS151/251A in Spring 2022.
01/2022: Sophia is co-teaching EECS251B in Spring 2022.
01/2022: Our JSSC paper on multi-chip-module-based DL accelerator design wins the JSSC Best Paper Award! Congrats!
12/2021: Sophia gives a talk at Qualcomm.
12/2021: Gemmini wins the Best Paper Award at DAC'2021! Congrats!
11/2021: Sophia gives a talk at the BETR center workshop.
11/2021: The first Gemmini tutorial went well! Thank you all for participating.