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Zhang receives DARPA Young Faculty Award

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Professor Zhiru Zhang recently received 2015 DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA). He is one of the 24 awardees out of 233 submissions that were received by DARPA this year. He has been selected to work under YFA Topic Area 8 on "Scale-Out Design Automation for Highly Productive Hardware Specialization." In this project Professor Zhang will pursue a radically more efficient circuit design methodology, where highly optimized custom hardware can be automatically generated from domain-specific specifications based on high-level programming languages. 

The objective of the DARPA YFA program is to identify and engage rising research stars in junior faculty positions at U.S. academic institutions and introduce them to Department of Defense (DoD) needs as well as DARPA’s program development process. The YFA program provides funding, mentoring and industry and DoD contacts to awardees early in their careers so they may develop their research ideas in the context of DoD needs. The long-term goal of the YFA program is to develop the next generation of academic scientists, engineers and mathematicians in key disciplines who will focus a significant portion of their careers on DoD and national security issues. The YFA program funds a wide spectrum of basic science research in areas spanning physical sciences, engineering, material sciences, mathematics, biology, robotics, computational social science, and neuroscience. 

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