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 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
08/2020: Sophia is selected as an SK Hynix Faculty Fellow. Thanks SK Hynix and UC Berkeley for the generous support!
07/2020: We are excited to receive a Facebook Research Award on AI System HW/SW Co-Design!
06/2020: Simba is selected as a CACM Research Highlight!
05/2020: The virtual BWRC and Adept summer retreats went well. Thanks all for the support and feedback!
05/2020: Chipyard is published at IEEE Micro Special Issue on Agile and Open-Source Hardware.
05/2020: Simba is nominated by SIGMICRO as a CACM Research Highlight.
04/2020: Sophia is teaching EECS151/251A in Fall 2020.
03/2020: Sophia is co-editing an IEEE Micro Special Issue on Commercial Products.
02/2020: Sophia is in San Diego for the ISCA program committee meeting.
02/2020: Thomas Norell won the 2nd place of the Undergraduate Student Research Competition (SRC) at CGO 2020.
02/2020: Ameer Haj-Ali presents our work on RL-based vectorization at CGO 2020.
01/2020: Sophia gives a talk at the IEEE Solid State Circuits Society Santa Clara 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.