Deming Chen


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. His current research interests include system-level and high-level synthesis, computational genomics, GPU and reconfigurable computing, and hardware security. He has given more than 80 invited talks sharing these research results worldwide.

Dr. Chen is a technical committee member for a series of top conferences and symposia on EDA, FPGA, low-power design, and VLSI systems design. He also served as TPC Subcommittee or Track Chair, Session Chair, Panelist, Panel Organizer, or Moderator for these conferences. Specifically, he is the General Chair for SLIP'12 and FPGA'16, the CANDE Workshop Chair in 2011, the Program Chair for PROFIT'12 and FPGA'15, the Program Co-chair for the First International Workshop on High-performance Reconfigurable Computing (H2RC), and the Program Co-chair for GLSVLSI in 2017. He is or has been an associated editor for IEEE TCAD, ACM TODAES, IEEE TVLSI, ACM TRETS, IEEE TCAS-I and TCAS-II, JCSC, and JOLPE. He obtained the Achievement Award for Excellent Teamwork from Aplus Design Technologies in 2001, the Arnold O. Beckman Research Award from UIUC in 2007, the NSF CAREER Award in 2008, and six Best Paper Awards for ASPDAC'09, SASP'09, FCCM'11, SAAHPC'11, CODES+ISSS'13, and ICCAD'15. He is included in the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent in 2008. He received the ACM SIGDA Outstanding New Faculty Award in 2010, and IBM Faculty Award in 2014 and 2015. He is a senior member of IEEE and the Donald Biggar Willett Faculty Scholar.

Dr. Chen was involved in several 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. He has also served as a consultant for several leading semiconductor companies.

In 2016, he co-founded a startup, Inspirit IoT, Inc., for design and synthesis for machine learning targeting the IoT industry. He is currently the President and Chairman of the Board of the company. Inspirit IoT recently received an NSF SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) Award from the US government.