Jason Cong

Chancellor’s Professor

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, 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, design and synthesis of system-on-a-chip, programmable systems, novel computer architectures, nano-systems, and highly scalable algorithms.  He has published over 400 research papers and led over 50 research projects in these areas.  Dr. Cong received many awards and recognitions, including 10 Best Paper Awards and the 2011 ACM/IEEE A. Richard Newton Technical Impact Award in Electric Design Automation.  He was elected to an IEEE Fellow in 2000 and ACM Fellow in 2008.  He is 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."

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 the president of Aplus Design Technologies, Inc., until its acquisition by Magma Design Automation in 2003 (now part of Synopsys). He was a co-founder and the chief technology advisor of AutoESL Design Technologies until its acquisition by Xilinx (2006-2010). He was a co-founder and the chief scientist of Neptune Design Automation until its acquisition by Xilinx (2011-2013).  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 31 PhD students.  A number of them are now faculty members in major research universities, including Cornell, Georgia Tech., Peking University, Purdue, SUNY Binghamton, UCLA, UIUC, and UT Austin. Four of them were co-founders, together with Dr. Cong, of two startups originated from UCLA – Aplus Design Technologies (acquired by Magma in 2003, now part of Synopsys) and AutoESL Design Technologies (acquired by Xilinx in 2011). Others are in key R&D or management positions in various companies related to the information technologies, such as Arista, Bloomberg, Broadcom, Cadence, Google, IBM, Intel, Micron, Synopsys, and Xilinx.