Four Exceptional Innovators Selected to Receive the Design Automation Conference Under-40 Innovators Award

Engineers from industry to academia recognized for contributions to EDA

San Francisco, CA — June 14, 2022 — The collective success of the electronics industry has been built on a foundation of individual achievements, with each innovation standing on the shoulders of previous breakthroughs. Much of this has emerged at the annual Design Automation Conference, the largest industry event focused on research and technology for the design and the design automation of electronic chips to systems. DAC and its sponsors – the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) – are pleased to announce the four winners of the 2022 Under-40 Innovators Award. The award recognizes the top young innovators who have made a significant impact in the field of design and automation of electronics.

The award winners will be recognized at the 59th DAC being held July 10 – 14, 2022, at Moscone West in San Francisco, CA. DAC will co-locate with SEMICON West 2022, which is being held at the Moscone Center, North and South Halls, July 12 – 15, 2022. The honorees will participate at the award session being held on Tuesday, July 11 at 8:45 A.M. PDT during the live DAC event.

The 2022 Under-40 Innovation honorees are:

Yanjing Li, University of Chicago

Yanjing Li is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Chicago. Professor Li’s research interests lie broadly in computer architecture, systems, and very-large-scale integration circuit design. Prior to joining University of Chicago, she was a senior research scientist at Intel Labs. Professor Li received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. She earned an M.S. in mathematical sciences with honors and a B.S. both in electrical and computer engineering and in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University. She has received various awards, including Google Research Scholar award, Intel Labs Gordy Academy award (highest honor in Intel Labs), and several other Intel recognition awards. She also earned an outstanding dissertation award from the European Design and Automation Association (EDAA) and has received multiple best-paper awards.

Luca Amaru, Synopsys

Luca Amaru is principal R&D engineer in the Silicon Realization Group of Synopsys Inc. He is responsible for designing the next generation of logic optimization and synthesis technologies. Dr. Amaru leads an exceptional team of R&D engineers focusing on logic synthesis. Previously, he was research assistant at EPFL, Integrated Systems Laboratory, Lausanne, Switzerland and visiting researcher at Stanford University. Dr. Amaru received his Ph.D. in computer science from EPFL. He received his double master’s degree in electronic engineering, with honors, from Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy, and Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy. Dr. Amaru is author or co-author of over 100 scientific publications, including one book and two book chapters. He has 15 patents and received several awards, including AI 2000 Most Influential Scholar Honorable Mention in Chip Technology, IEEE TCAD Donald O. Pederson Best Paper Award, EDAA Outstanding Dissertation Award and best paper nominations. Dr. Amaru has been part of the organizing committee of the International Workshop on Logic & Synthesis for several years, most recently in quality of General Chair and Program Chair (2019, 2020). He served as Program Co-Chair for the Reed-Muller Workshop in 2019. He has served as technical program committee member for many IEEE/ACM conferences such as DAC, ICCAD, DATE and others. Dr. Amaru is an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on CAD. He is a senior member of the IEEE.

Dr. Hesham Omran, Ain Shams University

Dr. Hesham Omran received the B.Sc. (with honors) and M.Sc. degrees from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, in 2007 and 2010, respectively, and a Ph.D. degree from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia, in 2015, all in electrical engineering. From 2008 to 2011, he was a design engineer with Si-Ware Systems (SWS), Cairo, Egypt, where he worked on the circuit and system design of the first miniaturized FT-IR MEMS spectrometer (NeoSpectra), and a research and teaching assistant with the Integrated Circuits Lab (ICL), Ain Shams University. From 2011 to 2016 he was a Researcher with the Sensors Lab, KAUST. He held internships with Bosch Research and Technology Center, CA, USA, and with Mentor Graphics, Cairo, Egypt. In 2016, he rejoined the ICL, Ain Shams University, where he is currently an associate professor. He created the Mastering Microelectronics YouTube channel which has more than 7,000 subscribers. He co-founded Master Micro in 2020 to develop the Analog Designer’s Toolbox (ADT), a novel EDA tool that defines a new paradigm for analog IC design. Dr. Hesham has received several awards including the Egyptian State Encouragement Award for Engineering in 2019. He has published 40+ papers in international journals and conferences. His research interests are in the design of analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits, and especially in analog and mixed-signal CAD tools and design automation.

Dr. Guangyu Sun, Peking University

Dr. Guangyu Sun is an associate professor at School of Integrated Circuits in Peking University. He received his B.S. and M.S degrees from Tsinghua University, Beijing, in 2003 and 2006, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the Pennsylvania State University in 2011. His research focuses on design and automation for energy-efficient computer architecture. He has published 150+ journals and refereed conference papers in the area. His work has been recognized with three best paper awards and three best paper nominations. He is a recipient of EDAA outstanding dissertation award, CCF-IEEE CS young computer scientist award, and Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence (BAAI) young scientist award. He is a member of CCF, IEEE, and ACM.

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The Design Automation Conference (DAC) is recognized as the premier event for the design of electronic circuits and systems, and for electronic design automation (EDA) and silicon solutions. A diverse worldwide community representing more than 1,000 organizations attends each year, represented by system designers and architects, logic and circuit designers, validation engineers, CAD managers, senior managers and executives to researchers and academicians from leading universities. Close to 60 technical sessions selected by a committee of electronic design experts offer information on recent developments and trends, management practices and new products, methodologies and technologies. A highlight of DAC is its exhibition and suite area with approximately 160 of the leading and emerging EDA, silicon, intellectual property (IP) and design services providers. The conference is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and is supported by ACM's Special Interest Group on Design Automation (ACM SIGDA.

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