Deming Chen

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Deming Chen
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
410 Coordinated Science Lab MC 228
1308 W. Main St.
Urbana Illinois 61801

Primary Research Area

  • Circuits - Computer aided design of integrated circuits

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  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, 2005
  • B.S. Computer Science, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1995

Research Statement

According to the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors, the spectacular CMOS technology scaling will continue to evolve and dominate the semiconductor industry. This will lead to over 14 billion transistors integrated on a single chip by the year 2018. Such a scaling has already created a large design productivity gap due to inherent design complexities and deep submicron issues. Meanwhile, development cost, including both the design cost and manufacturing cost, of integrated circuits has grown significantly given the increasing size of the design team and the lengthy design cycles. Both problems, if not addressed, will be the red brick walls on the technology roadmap. Some key solutions for managing the exponential increase of the design complexity are the development of more scalable optimization engines, higher level of design abstraction, and design reuse. Some key solutions for controlling the increase in manufacturing cost are design for manufacturing and reliability, use of alternative silicon implementation platforms, and silicon reuse. In this context, the research group led by Prof. Chen will mainly pursue the following research directions: system-level and high-level synthesis, hardware/software co-design for system-on-chip, reconfigurable computing, GPU computing and optimization, and the design of novel computing platforms, including FPGAs with nanotechnology. The group recently is also pursuing several other research directions, such as computational genomics, hardware security, and computation in the smart grid.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Behavioral synthesis for low power (preferred background: ECE425)

Circuits process variation modeling (preferred background: STAT/MATH451)

SoC (system-on-a-chip) design (preferred background: ECE385 and ECE391)

Logic synthesis (preferred background: ECE425 and ECE462)

Research Interests

  • System-level and high-level synthesis
  • Nanotechnology-centric architecture and CAD
  • GPU optimization and GPU computing
  • Hardware/software co-design for SoC
  • Computational genomics
  • Reconfigurable computing
  • Hardware security

Research Areas

  • Algorithms and computational complexity
  • Computer aided design
  • Computer aided design of integrated circuits
  • Digital integrated circuits
  • Fault tolerance and reliability
  • Hardware verification and testing
  • Integrated circuit reliability
  • Logic design and VLSI
  • Nano-electronics and single electronics

Research Topics

  • Autonomous Systems and Artificial Intelligence
  • Autonomous vehicular technology, UAVs
  • Bioelectronics and Bioinformatics
  • Cognitive computing
  • Computational science and engineering
  • Cyberinfrastructures
  • Cyberphysical systems and internet of things
  • Cybersecurity and privacy
  • Data science and analytics
  • Data/Information Science and Systems
  • Distributed computing and storage systems
  • Energy
  • Genomics
  • Machine learning
  • Machine vision
  • Nanomedicine and bio-nanotechnology
  • Point-of-care diagnostics
  • Robotics
  • Smart grid and energy delivery
  • Smart infrastructures
  • Speech, language, and audio processing
  • Wearable and mobile computing

Service on Campus Committees

  • Senator, Faculty Senate, 2014-2016


  • Keynote paper, Integration, the VLSI Journal, 2017
  • Recognition of Service Award, ACM, 2016
  • Best Paper Award, IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design, 2015
  • Keynote speech, IEEE International Conference on ASIC, 2015
  • Donald Biggar Willett Faculty Scholar, College of Engineering, University of Illinois, 2015
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor, Fudan University, China, 2015-2017
  • Keynote speech, IEEE International Conference on Anti-counterfeiting, Security, and Identification, 2014
  • IBM Faculty Award, 2015
  • IBM Faculty Award, 2014
  • 10-Year Retrospective Most Influential Paper Award Nomination, IEEE/ACM Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference, 2014
  • Best Paper Award, IEEE International Conference on Hardware/Software Codesign and System Synthesis, 2013
  • Best Paper Award Nomination, IEEE International Conference on Field-Programmable Technology, 2011
  • Best Paper Award, SAAHPC (Symposium on Application Accelerators in High Performance Computing), 2011
  • Best Paper Award, FCCM (IEEE International Symposium on Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines), 2011
  • Senior Member, IEEE, 2011
  • ACM SIGDA Outstanding New Faculty Award, 2010
  • Best Paper Award, SASP (IEEE Symposium on Application Specific Processors), 2009
  • Best Paper Award, ASPDAC (IEEE/ACM Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference), 2009
  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2008
  • Arnold O. Beckman Research Award, UIUC, 2007
  • Achievement Award for Excellent Teamwork, Aplus Design Technologies, Inc, 2001

Teaching Honors

  • Invited Lecturer, Dragon Star Program, National Natural Science Foundation, China, Aug. 2011
  • On the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Students, Spring 2008

Public Service Honors

  • Founding chair of IEEE CEDA chapter for Central Illinois (12/1/2016)

Courses Taught

  • CS 597 - Individual Study
  • CS 599 - Thesis Research
  • ECE 297 - Individual Study
  • ECE 298 - Digital System Design Lab
  • ECE 385 - Digital Systems Laboratory
  • ECE 396 - Honors Project
  • ECE 397 - Individual Study in ECE
  • ECE 425 - Intro to VLSI System Design
  • ECE 462 - Logic Synthesis
  • ECE 496 - Senior Research Project
  • ECE 499 - Senior Thesis
  • ECE 527 - System-On-Chip Design
  • ECE 596 - Master's Project
  • ECE 597 - Individual Study in ECE
  • ECE 598 - Special Topics in ECE
  • ECE 599 - Thesis Research