Deming Chen

Professor, Donald Biggar Willett Faculty Scholar

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

410 Coordinated Science Laboratory
1308 W Main St
Urbana, Illinois 61801

217-244-3922 (office)
email: dchen (at) illinois (dot) edu


Dr. Deming Chen obtained his BS in computer science from University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1995, and his MS and PhD in computer science from University of California at Los Angeles in 2001 and 2005 respectively. He worked as a software engineer between 1995-1999 and 2001-2002. He joined the ECE department of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2005 and has been a full professor in the same department since 2015. He is a research professor in the Coordinated Science Laboratory and an affiliate professor in the CS department.

He has published about 170 refereed journal and conference papers in the areas of FPGA (synthesis, computing, architecture), EDA (system-level/high-level/logic synthesis), GPU (compilation, computing), nanotechnology (device modeling, nano-circuits, nano-architectures), and heterogeneous computing (application mapping for systems with multicore/FPGA/GPU). In the recent years, he is also actively involved with other research directions, such as computational genomics, hardware security, and computation in smart grid. He has served as PI/Co-PI on more than 30 research grants administered by US Federal agencies as well as the industry. In addition, he has been a seconded faculty member for the Illinois ADSC center in Singapore since March 2010, supervising a very active research group there. He has received six Best Paper Awards (ASPDAC'09, SASP'09, FCCM'11, SAAHPC'11, CODES+ISSS'13, and ICCAD'15) and numerous other awards.

To name several current projects, he has been leading the successful FCUDA project in the past 9 years that uses CUDA language to program FPGAs, offering opportunity to map existing CUDA kernels to FPGAs for low-energy and high-performance computing compared to the GPU solution. It also enables to use a common front end language to target heterogeneous computing platforms that contain both GPUs and FPGAs. Another signature project is the development of SPICE-compatible parameterizable compact models for graphene-nanoribbon-based transistors (GNRFETs). The third example is a new DNA error correction tool, called BLESS, that offers the best error-correction quality among the current state-of-the-art tools targeting large DNA data, but only consumes 40X smaller memory compared to other tools. The GNRFET models and the BLESS tool are available to download under the Software section. Up to December 2017, the GNRFET models and the DNA error correction tool BLESS have been downloaded for more than 1200 times and 2550 times respectively from researchers and users around the world. Now, the FCUDA flow is made available for downloading as well under the Software Release menu. The most recent open-source package is RIP, which includes fast software modeling (320x faster than Gem5), fast hardware modeling (2000x faster than baseline), and near-optimal automated hardware/software partitioning for complext SoC designs.

Dr. Chen was involved in two startup companies. He implemented his published algorithm on CPLD technology mapping when he was a software engineer in Aplus Design Technologies, Inc. in 2001, and the software was exclusively licensed by Altera and distributed to many customers of Altera worldwide. He is one of the inventors of the xPilot High-level Synthesis package developed at UCLA, which was licensed to AutoESL Design Technologies, Inc. Aplus was acquired by Magma in 2003, and AutoESL was acquired by Xilinx in 2011. Currently, he is the President and Chairman of the Board for a new startup Inspirit IoT, Inc., headquartered in the Research Park at Champaign, IL. He also actively provides consulting services or short courses for leading semiconductor or FPGA computing companies.