Dr. Bei Yu (Ph.D. 2014) has been selected to receive the 2014 Outstanding Dissertation Award in the area of "New directions in physical design, design for manufacturing and CAD for analogue circuits and MEMS" from the European Design and Automation Association (EDAA) for his dissertation "Design for Manufacturing with Advanced Lithography". As one of the most prestigious Ph.D. dissertation awards in the field of Electronic Design Automation (EDA), this award will be presented in March at the DATE 2015 conference in Grenoble, France. The award includes a monetary prize and an offer to publish the dissertation in the Springer EDAA Outstanding Monographs series.
Dr. Yu's dissertation offers novel design technology co-optimization solutions in advanced lithography across multiple levels. On the mask optimization level, the dissertation develops the first systematic framework on triple patterning layout decomposition, where a set of graph algorithms and mathematical programming techniques are proposed. The dissertation also develops novel L-shaped based layout fracturing algorithms for electron beam lithography (EBL). On the physical design level, the dissertation presents a coherent framework on standard cell compliance and detailed placement to enable triple patterning friendly design. On the system optimization level, it proposes effective overlapping aware stencil planning for the multi-column cell (MCC) system.
Dr. Yu is currently a postdoctoral scholar at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include design for manufacturing with advanced lithography, cyber-physical systems, hardware security, machine learning and combinatorial algorithms with applications in VLSI CAD. He has received a number of awards, including Best Paper Awards at ICCAD'13 and ASPDAC'12, Best Paper Award Nominations at DAC'14, ASPDAC'13, and ICCAD’11, ACM Student Research Contest Silver Metal at ICCAD 2013, 2014 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad, 2013 SPIE Education Scholarship, 2012 IBM Scholarship, and ICCAD CAD Contest Awards in 2012 and 2013.
Dr. Bei Yu's dissertation advisor is Professor David Z. Pan. More about Bei Yu http://www.cerc.utexas.edu/~bei/