Current members

Dr. Hai Zhou (Associate Professor, EECS, Northwestern University)

Dr. Hai Zhou pursues research on hardware design, which includes design methodology, specification, design tools, and design correctness. Viewing a design as a formal object, he uses mathematical approaches to study its properties (functionality, performance, power consumption, reliability), its structure, and how to construct it.

Dr. Zhou received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science and Technology from Tsinghua University, China in 1992 and 1994, respectively, and his Ph.D. degree in Computer Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999. He then spent two years at the Advanced Technology Group in Synopsys, Inc. Finally, he decided to move to the academia to "strive for perfection" (quote from Dijkstra) as an "intellectual being" (from Sylvester).


Bach Q. Ha (Graduate student, 2007 - present)

Bach joined the EECS Department at Northwestern University to pursue a doctoral degree in Fall 2007. His main research interests are within algorithm designs and analysis in various areas. Before coming to Northwestern, he earned his BS degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Truman State University.


Debasish Das (Doctoral candidate / Graduate student, 2004 - present)

Debasish obtained his B.Tech (in Computer Sc. and Engineering) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India in June 2004. In September 2004, he joined Northwestern to pursue a doctoral in Computer Engineering. Debasish's research interests include timing analysis in gate level and system level designs. He is also interested in the issues closely coupled with timing in deep sub-micron VLSI circuits. Debasish spent the summer of 2005 working as an intern at Calypto Design Systems, Santa Clara, CA; and worked in the Strategic CAD Research Lab of Intel Inc. at Hillsboro, OR as an intern in the summer of 2006.


Jia Wang (Doctoral candidate / Graduate student, 2003 - present)

Jia received his BS from the Department of Electronic Engineering at Tsinghua University, China in July 2002 and a MS in Computer Engineering from the Northwestern University in June 2005. He is currently pursuing a doctoral in Computer Engineering. His current research is focused on algorithm design. Jia has worked in summer of 2006 as an intern at Calypto Design Systems, Santa Clara, CA.


Nikos Liveris (Doctoral candidate / Graduate student, 2001 - present)
Co-supervised with Prof. Prith Banerjee
(Senior Vice President of Research and Director, HP Labs)

Nikos was born in Athens, Greece. He received a diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece in 2000 and a MS in Computer Engineering from Northwestern University in 2003. He is currently pursuing a doctoral in Computer Engineering. His research is focused on low power optimization methodologies at the system-level design. Nikos has worked as an intern for Calypto Design Systems (summer 2004 and summer 2005) and as a visiting scholar for IMEC (Leuven, Belgium).


Ph.D. alumni

Ruiming Chen (Ph.D., October 2007)

Dissertation -
Location after Ph.D. - Synopsys Inc., USA


Chuan Lin (Ph.D., June 2006)

Dissertation - Timing Optimization Algorithms for Sequential Circuits
Location after Ph.D. - Magma Design Automation, USA


Debjit Sinha (Ph.D., June 2006)

Dissertation - Analysis and Optimization under Crosstalk and Variability in Deep Sub-Micron VLSI Circuits
Location after Ph.D. - IBM Corp., USA