Sophia Shao

Yakun Sophia Shao

Assistant Professor

EECS, UC Berkeley

ysshao [at] eecs [.] berkeley [.] edu


Cory 570, Berkeley, CA 94720


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I am an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at 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 the Architecture, Circuits, and Compilers Group at Harvard University, working with Professor David Brooks and Professor Gu-Yeon Wei. 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 a Best Paper Award (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 a Siebel Scholar, an invited participant at the Rising Stars in EECS Workshop, and a recipient of the IBM Ph.D. Fellowship.

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
01/2020: Sophia gives a talk at the IEEE Solid State Circuits Society Santa Calra Valley Chapter.
01/2020: Simba and Buffets are selected as Top Picks in Computer Architecture Honorable Mentions.
01/2020: Sophia gives a talk at the ADEPT center winter retreat.
12/2019: Sophia is teaching EE290-2: Hardware for Machine Learning in Spring 2020.
11/2019: Our systolic array generator for deep-learning architecture, Gemmini, is open-sourced.
11/2019: Sophia is in Seattle for the ASPLOS program committee meeting.
10/2019: Our paper on end-to-end vectorization with deep reinforcement learning will appear at CGO 2020.
10/2019: Sophia gives a talk at the BWRC center winter retreat.
10/2019: Sophia gives a talk at the BETR center workshop.
10/2019: Simba wins Best Paper Award at MICRO'2019!
10/2019: Sophia presents our work on building a multi-chip-module-based deep-learing accelerator at MICRO'2019.
09/2019: Sophia gives a talk as part of the RISE lab seminar series.
09/2019: Our Simba paper is selected as one of the best paper nominees at MICRO 2019.
08/2019: Rangha presents our work on building a scalable inference accelerator with HLS at Hot Chips.
08/2019: Sophia gives a guest lecture on Hardware for Machine Learning at CS 61C.
08/2019: Sophia is co-teaching EECS151/251A in Fall 2019.
08/2019: Sophia joins the EECS department at UC Berkeley as an assistant professor.
07/2019: Our paper on multi-chip-module-based architecture will appear at MICRO 2019.
07/2019: Sophia is in Detroit for the MICRO program committee meeting.
07/2019: Sophia is invited to serve on the program commitee for SysML 2020.
06/2019: Sophia attends ISCA in Phoenix and chairs the tutorial session.
06/2019: Our paper on an HLS-based DNN accelerator generator will appear at ICCAD 2019.
05/2019: Our work on an efficient and scalable inference accelerator will appear at Hot Chips 2019.
Awards and Honors
Two papers selected as the IEEE Micro Top Picks in Computer Architecture Honorable Mention
2020
Best Paper Award, International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO)
2019
Harvard Nominee, ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award
2017
IBM Ph.D. Fellowship
2015-2016
Siebel Scholar, Class of 2015 - awarded annually for academic excellence and demonstrated leadership to 85 top students from the world's leading graduate schools
2015
Paper selected as one of the IEEE Micro Top Picks in Computer Architecture
2015
Best in Session Award, SRC TECHCON
2014
Invited Participant at the Rising Stars in EECS Workshop
2014