張耀文特聘教授的簡傳 - Biography of Yao-Wen Chang

張耀文 Yao-Wen Chang

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Yao-Wen Chang received the B.S. degree from National Taiwan University (NTU), Taipei, Taiwan, in 1988, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993 and 1996, respectively, all in computer science.

Dr. Chang is a Fellow of the ACM and the IEEE. He is currently the President of the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA) and the Dean of the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of NTU and Distinguished Professor of the Dept. of Electrical Engineering of NTU. He was Deputy Vice President of Academic Affairs and the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Development of NTU 2016-2018, Founding Director of the Digital Learning Center of NTU 2017-2018, Associate Dean of the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 2012-2016, and the Director of the Graduate Institute of Electronics Engineering 2010-2013 of NTU.  Dr. Chang was a visiting professor of Waseda University in Japan from 2005 to 2010 and a visiting scholar of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2014.

His current research interests lie in Electronic Design Automation (EDA) and design for manufacturability/reliability. He has co-authored/-edited one 934-page textbook on EDA (Morgan Kaufmann, 2009) and co-authored one book on routing (Springer, 2007), 16 U.S. patents, and more than 320 ACM/IEEE conference/journal papers in these areas, including highly cited works on floorplanning, placement, routing, design for manufacturability, flip-chip design, and FPGA. His NTUplace3 placer was transferred into the popular Digital Custom Placer of SpringSoft, acquired by the #1 EDA vendor, Synopsys, in 2012 for USD 406M. His NTUplace4 is a champion circuit placer from the three top contests, DAC, ICCAD, and ISPD, and now the core engine of MaxPlace, the flagship circuit placer of Maxeda Technology and a leading commercial macro placer. He was ranked #1 worldwide among 40K+ researchers by the Microsoft Academy for Recent Five-Year Citations in the Hardware and Architecture Domain during 2011/2012 before the system retired. His paper titled “Universal switch modules for FPGA design” was among the top-2 most cited research papers in ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems (TODAES) for 20+ years.

Dr. Chang received four awards at the 50th ACM/IEEE DAC in 2013 for the 1st Most Papers in the 5th Decade (34 DAC papers; still the 1st Most Prolific Author in the 6th Decade with 30 papers from 2014 to 2020), Most Prolific Author (at least six papers) in a Single Year (seven papers in each of 2012, 2013, and 2020; the only author with multi-year records), DAC Prolific Author Award (40 Club; now 76 papers, the #2 all-time prolific author), the Longest Publication Streaks (15 years 1999-2013; now #2, 23 years 1999-2021), only next to UC-Berkeley’s Prof. Alberto L. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli who is the winner of the 2001 Phil Kaufman Award, a.k.a. the Nobel Prize in EDA and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering), where DAC is ranked the #1 out of the 102 conferences in the Hardware & Architecture Domain in the Microsoft Academic Search Database. Dr. Chang is a recipient of ten Best Paper Awards (including the 2017 DAC Best Paper Award, 1st place out of about 700 submissions and the only all-conference best paper award from Taiwan in DAC’s 58-year history), 2007 IEEE/ACM ICCAD Professor Margarida Jacome Memorial Award, 2020 IEEE/ACM ASP-DAC Prolific Author Award, 21 top-3 awards with six champions (the 2015 ACM ISPD Placement Contest, the 2013 IEEE CAD Contest @ ICCAD (Legalization and Detailed Placement), the 2012 ACM/IEEE DAC Routability-Driven Placement Contest, the 2012 ACM ISPD Discrete Gate Sizing Contest, the 2011 IEEE CEDA PATOS Timing Analysis Contest, and the 2009 ACM ISPD Clock Network Synthesis Contest) from major EDA Contests, the ASP-DAC Prolific Author Award in 2020, and 21 Best Paper Nominations from top conferences, including DAC (5 times + 6 Best-in-Track papers) and ICCAD (5 times + 6 Best-in-Track papers) since 2000. He published the world’s most DAC+ICCAD+TCAD papers during the past 30 years. He has received many research awards, such as the Distinguished Research Awards 2007-2010, 2010-2013, and 2013-2016 (retired from this highest honor), Special Research Fellow 2016-2019 and 2019-2022, and the 2004 Dr. Wu Ta You Memorial Award, all from the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan, and IBM Faculty Awards (three times), the 2020 Distinguished Research Award from the Pan Wen Yuan Foundation, the 2017 TECO Award, the 2018 Micron Teacher Award, and the 2015 MXIC Chair Professorship, two distinguished teaching awards for ten years (the highest honor for top 1% teachers), and nine excellent teaching awards from NTU (plus an inaugural one from National Chiao Tung University in 2000).

Dr. Chang has served as the steering committee/general/program chairs of ISPD (the first from Asia), and general/program chairs of ICCAD (the only one from Taiwan), and program chairs of ASP-DAC and FPT, and on the IEEE CEDA and ICCAD Executive Committees, the ASP-DAC Steering Committee, and the technical program committees of all major EDA conferences. He has served as an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems (TCAD) (the first AE from Taiwan), IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems (TVLSI), IEEE Design & Test of Computers, IET Computers & Digital Techniques, and Journal of Information Science and Engineering (JISE). He has served as IEEE CEDA President-elect, Vice President of Technical Activities, and Vice President of Conferences.  Currently, he serves on the IEEE Robert N. Noyce Medal Committee, IEEE Ad Hoc Committee, and IEEE Smart Cities Steering Committee. He is a recipient of the 2015 IEEE CEDA Outstanding Service Award and the 2012 ACM Service Award. He has served as the chair of the EDA Consortium of the Ministry of Education of Taiwan and an independent board director of Genesys Logic, Inc, a technical consultant of MediaTek Inc., RealTek Semiconductor Corp., and Faraday Technology Inc. He is a co-founder of Maxeda Technologies, the profit-earning provider of the leading commercial macro placer MaxPlace. 



張耀文現為臺灣大學特聘教授 (2011起)兼電機資訊學院院長 (2018起)。曾擔任臺灣大學副教務長和教學發展中心主任 (2016-2018)、臺灣大學數位學習中心創始主任、臺灣大學電機資訊學院副院長 (2012-2016)、電子所所長(2010-2013)、副所長(2008-2010)和臺灣大學技轉組組長(2007-2008)、美國麻省理工學院訪問學者(2014)和日本早稻田大學客座教授(2004-2010)。

其主要研究領域為電子設計自動化 (EDA),合著有專書兩本 (Morgan Kaufmann 出版的934頁EDA教科書等)、15個美國專利和超過320篇的ACM/IEEE期刊和會議論文。其近五年論文引用數曾名列微軟Academic Search Database 的Hardware & Architecture 領域全球超過四萬名學者中的第一名(2011/2012; 現無此統計),FPGA Switch Module 的論文曾列 ACM TODAES 期刊第二高引用研究論文長達二十餘年,電路擺置工具 NTUplace3 為 Synopsys 暢銷工具Laker Custom Digital Placer,NTUplace4 為 DAC、ICCAD 和 ISPD 三大 EDA 國際研發競賽三冠王,巨集擺置和 Weighted Average (WA) 導線模型為當今最佳巨集擺置器 Maxeda MaxPlace 的核心引擎。曾獲多項教學與研究獎,包含臺灣大學教學傑出獎(top 1% 最高榮譽,兩次)、優良教學獎(九次)和旺宏電子講座教授 (2015)、科技部研究傑出獎(三次獲滿;2007, 2010-2013, 2013-2016)和特約研究員 (兩期獲滿;2016-2019, 2019-2022)、潘文淵文教基金會傑出研究獎(2020)、東元獎 (2017)、IBM Faculty Award (三次;2010, 2012, 2013)、美光優良教師獎(2018)、第五十屆頂尖會議ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference (DAC)四項論文獎 (包含第五個十年2004-2013全球最多論文獎,34篇DAC論文;現為DAC史上第二大多產論文作者,累計發表76篇DAC論文; DAC論文發表連續長度第二名,目前23年等;張耀文以在此領域僅 28年的時間,成為最年輕的論文紀錄締造者)、ACM/IEEE EDA競賽20餘次獲獎有六次冠軍(全球第一)、十次最佳論文獎 (包含 2017年 DAC 最佳論文獎,為該會議 56 年來台灣的第一篇不分領域最佳論文獎) 和21次ACM/IEEE 最佳論文獎提名,包含 DAC 6 次 (+ 5篇 Best-in-Track 論文)、ICCAD 5 次 (+ 5篇 Best-in-Track 論文)、TCAD 2 次和ISPD 5 次; IEEE/ACM ASP-DAC多產論文作者 (2020)。30來,張教授發表此期間全球最多的 DAC+ICCAD+TCAD 論文。 

張教授為首位非歐美機構的IEEE CEDA (Council on EDA) 總裁 (2020/2021)他為現任執行委員(2012迄今),曾任其候任總裁(2018/2019)、技術活動副總裁(2014/2015)和會議副總裁(2016/2017),他也是現任 IEEE 總會 Ad Hoc Committee 和 IEEE Robert N. Noyce Medal Committee委員和IEEE Smart Cities 指導委員 (Steering Committee)。張教授曾為頂尖會議 IEEE/ACM ICCAD (台灣唯一)和ACM ISPD (亞洲首位)議程委員會/會議/指導委員會主席和台灣首位頂尖期刊IEEE TCAD 副編輯 (2008-2013);由於其傑出和創新的貢獻 (例如,首創ISPD的Lifetime Achievement Award和其相關系列活動),獲頒2015 IEEE CEDA Outstanding Service Award和2012 ACM Service Award。 

張教授和業界互動密切,曾任創惟科技獨立董事、智原科技、瑞昱半導體和聯發科技技術顧問(2008年起擔任各項行政職後,依規定不再擔任獨董或顧問),並合創至達科技(Maxeda Technology)。其在2000年初起 (擔任教育部教改計畫EDA競賽主席和EDA聯盟召集人),創辦各項影響深遠的EDA競賽和學術推廣活動,領導台灣團隊在國際舞台上發光發熱,大幅提升台灣在EDA領域的國際影響力和知名度,深獲國際社群的讚賞。例如,其於2000年創辦的EDA競賽,現已成為在IEEE/ACM ICCAD 舉辦的國際最大EDA競賽 (CAD Contest at ICCAD),每年吸引超過 150 個國際團隊參賽;其所帶領的EDA 課程改進計畫,已衍生出受國際學界和業界歡迎和採用的934頁EDA教科書;其於2005年起推動的EDA頂尖國際會議論文倍增計畫,使台灣於2006-2019年間每年在最頂尖EDA國際會議 DAC 和 ICCAD 的合併論文發表數名列全球第二,僅次於美國,而臺灣大學在近十四年來每年皆為全球各機構第一名;其於2007年推動的CADathlon 培訓計畫,已使台灣成為ACM CADathlon Contest的最大贏家 (台灣共計獲得十屆冠軍,其中臺灣大學獲得八屆,遠超過 UC-Berkeley 的三屆、UIUC 與Univ. Michigan at Ann Arbor 的各二屆和 MIT與UCLA的各一屆)。張耀文為ACM和IEEE學會會士 (ACM Fellow & IEEE Fellow)。


EE Times Citation (5/15/2013): `Taiwan: Microelectronics Expertise Widens’: “Taiwan's success so far has been in large part due to electronic design automation (EDA) expertise, where it has only been outperformed by the U.S. for the last five years -- as measured by number of research papers its presented at the IEEE's Design Automation Conference (DAC) and International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD). (Yao-Wen) Chang is typical at NTU, a microelectronics pioneer in EDA, due to receive four separate awards at DAC 2013’s 50th anniversary celebration next month,…” 

EE Times Citation (4/6/2015): ‘The Best and Brightest Worldwide’: “The best engineering minds on the planet compete each year in the ACM's ISPD design contest, which was won this year by the National Taiwan University.”

EE Times Citation (4/13/2011): ‘ISPD spots 3D, maskless-lithography trends’: “Starting this year, ISPD will initiate another tradition by introducing commemorative sessions to honor respected pioneers in the PD field, to trace their contributions in shaping the PD landscape, to explore future directions following their footsteps,” said Yao-Wen Chang, a professor at National Taiwan University and general chair of ISPD 2011. 

EDACafe Citation (11/20/2007): ‘International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD) Witnesses Global Expansion Through Asian Leadership and Participation’: “ICCAD 2007 saw increasing participation of leading researchers…, with particular emphasis on Taiwan… This year’s CADathlon featured students from NTU as winners of both the 1st and 2nd places,… the 1st time a non-US team won the champion and the 1st time the top two teams came from the same institution… These outstanding wins are the result of multiple initiatives driven from Taiwan... Professor Yao-Wen Chang, who chairs the Design Automation and Test sub-initiative, leveraged the CADathlon to evaluate the effectiveness of local VLSI and SoC education programs, aimed at cultivating graduate students to meet the strong demand of the semiconductor industry in Taiwan… ICCAD accepted 16 papers from Taiwan… 2nd worldwide… NTU received 2 best paper award candidates…1 memorial award… a first for any single institution at ICCAD.”

EE Times Citation (4/17/2008): ‘Future of Chip Design Revealed at ISPD’: “how the Taiwanese beat both the US and Europeans in the ISPD Global Routing Contest…”

Andrew Kahng (2009 DAC General Chair, “Crafting the Future of EDA,” 10/16/2009): “One example of a non-U.S. focal point: Taiwan. Taiwan schools are very strong in the CADathlon held at ICCAD each year. They win the placement and global routing contests at ISPD. And, they can be expected to do very strong research in areas such as DFM. On the commercial side, we see the rapidly increasing visibility of SpringSoft.”