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University of Wisconsin–Madison
Research into novel solutions to complex computing problems


Principle Investigator

Jing(Jane) Li

Dr. Jing Li is an assistant professor at the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin Madison. She spent her early career at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center as a Research Staff Member after obtaining her PhD degree from Purdue University in 2009. Her general research interest is developing new computing paradigm, driven either by technologies (from bottom-up) or by workloads (from top-down) or by both. Her primary area of interests is “everything about memory” with a strong emphasis on “design for transformation” rather than “design for replacement”, including but are not limited to new computing concepts/models (e.g., near-/in-memory computing, associative/congnitive computing, reconfigurable computing, etc.), hardware prototyping, memory/storage subsystem, memory architecture and interface protocol, circuit design and CAD methodology, memory technology (device/integration/material), etc. that can transform today’s hardware-software hierarchy. The key differentiator of her research is that besides modelings and simulations, she puts additional emphasis on real hardware demonstration through architecting, designing and testing new hardware prototypes. Previously, she demostrated the world’s first heterogeneous chip that fundamentally blurs the boundary between computation and storage. The work was recognized as a highlighted paper by Symp. on VLSI Circuits 2013 and an invited paper for JSSC’14.

Publication list, honors, and selected external invited talks

Ph.D. Students

Yue Zha

Yue Zha received his B.S. degree in Physics from Peking University, China in 2013, and M.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015. He is currently pursing his Ph.D. degree at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI. His research interests are reconfigurable computing device (conventional SRAM-based and novel RRAM-based), and CAD framework development.

Email:yzha3 [at] wisc [dot] edu

Jialiang Zhang

Jialiang Zhang is a PhD student in the ECE department of UW-Madison. He received his B.E. degree from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. His research focuses on hardware demonstration of emerging computer architecture concept. He is also an expert in high speed digital system and high performance mixed-signal circuit design.

Email:jialiang.zhang [at] ece [dot] wisc [dot] edu
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Soroosh Khoram

Soroosh Khoram received his B.S. in digital systems from Sharif University of Technology, Iran in 2013, and M.S. in Microwave and Optics in 2015 from the same school. Later in 2015, he joined the graduate program of Electrical and Computer Engineering in University of Wisconsin – Madison to pursue his PhD. His research focuses on architecture design and algorithms mapping of novel computation paradigms. He is currently working on processing-in-memory accelerators and associative processors enabled by the emerging non-volatile memory technologies.

Email: khoram [at] wisc [dot] edu

Chien-fu Chen

Chien-Fu Chen is a PhD student in the ECE department of UW Madison. He received his B.S and M.S degree from National Tsing-Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan. His research focus on memory circuit design and memory correlated computer architecture.



Undergraduate Students

Maxwell Strange

Maxwell Strange is an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison pursuing degrees in both Computer Engineering and Computer Science, with plans to pursue a PhD after graduation. He is a recipient of the Arthur G. Manke Scholarship, the Claude and Dora Richardson Scholarship, and the Ernest Tremmel Undergraduate Scholarship. His current research interests include workload acceleration through software/hardware co-optimization. He is the president of the IEEE student organization on campus as well.