Director, Center for Customizable Domain-Specific Computing
Co-Director, PKU/UCLA Joint Research Institute in Science and Engineering
Director, VLSI Architecture, Synthesis, and Technology (VAST) Laboratory (former VLSI CAD Laboratory)
JASON CONG received his B.S. degree in computer science from Peking University in 1985, his M.S. and Ph. D. degrees in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987 and 1990, respectively. Currently, he is a Chancellor's Professor at the Computer Science Department of University of California, Los Angeles, Associate Vice Provost for Internationalization, the director of Center for Domain-Specific Computing (funded by NSF Expeditions in Computing Award), and co-director of the VLSI CAD Laboratory. He also served as the department chair from 2005 to 2008.
Dr. Cong's research interests include computer-aided design of VLSI circuits and systems, computer architectures, nano-systems, and highly scalable algorithms. He has published over 350 research papers and led over 50 research projects in these areas, including six best paper awards (IEEE T-CAD (1995), ACM TODAES (2005), ISPD (2005), HPCA (2008), SASP (2009), and FCCM (2011)). He was the recipient of the 2010 IEEE Circuits and System (CAS) Society Technical Achievement Award "For seminal contributions to electronic design automation, especially in FPGA synthesis, VLSI interconnect optimization, and physical design automation." He received the 2011 ACM/IEEE A. Richard Newton Technical Impact Award in Electric Design Automation for pioneering work on technology mapping for FPGA that has made significant impact to the FPGA research community and industry. He was elected to an IEEE Fellow in 2000 and ACM Fellow in 2008.
Dr. Cong has served on the Technical Advisory Board of a number of EDA and silicon IP companies, including Atrenta, eASIC, Get2Chip, and Magma Design Automation. He was the founder and president of Aplus Design Technologies, Inc., until it was acquired by Magma (now part of Synopsys) in 2003. He was a co-founder and the Chief Technology Advisor of AutoESL Design Technologies until its acquisition by Xilinx in 2011. Currently, Dr. Cong is a distinguished visiting professor at Peking University (PKU) and co-director of UCLA/PKU Joint Research Institute in Science and Engineering,
Dr. Cong has graduated 27 PhD students. A number of them are now faculty members in major research universities, including Georgia Tech., Purdue, SUNY Binghamton, UCLA, UIUC, UT Austin, and Peking University (China). Four of them were co-founders of two startups originated from UCLA Aplus Design Technologies and AutoESL Design Technologies. Others are in key R&D or management positions in various companies related to the information technologies, such as Bloomberg, Broadcom, Cadence, Google, Magma, Mentor Graphics, IBM, Intel, Synopsys, and Xilinx.