Yao-Wen Chang (張耀文) was born in Chia-Yi, Taiwan in 1966. He received the B.S. degree in Computer Science and Information Engineering from National Taiwan University (NTU) in 1988, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993 and 1996, respectively.
He is an IEEE Fellow and is currently the President-elect of the IEEE Council on EDA (CEDA), 1st non-US/European president-elect. Currently, he is the dean of the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (院長), NTU, and Distinguished Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Graduate Institute of Electronics Engineering, NTU, Taipei, Taiwan. He was a Deputy Vice President of acadmic affairs of NTU from 2016 to 2018, an associate dean of the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from 2012-2016, and the director/chairman of the Graduate Institute of Electronics Engineering of NTU from 2010 to 2013. Dr. Chang was a visiting professor of Waseda University (早稻田大學) 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. He was a 2nd Lieutenant during his compulsory military service from 1988 to 1990, a Research Assistant in the Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica, Taiwan from 1990 to 1991, and a Teaching/Research Assistant in the Department of Computer Sciences, the University of Texas at Austin from 1992 to 1996. In the summers of 1994 and 1995, he was a Research Staff Member in the VLSI Design Group at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York and a teaching assistant in the VLSI Design Automation Group at IBM, Austin, Texas, respectively. From 1996 to 2001, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan. His current research interests include electronic design automation (with emphases on physical design and manufacturability) and combinatorial optimization. He has been working very closely with the semiconductor industry on projects and has co-authored a book on routing (Springer, 2007), co-edited a book on electronic design automation (Morgan Kaufmann, 2009; 934 pages), and published 300 ACM/IEEE conference/journal papers in these areas, including a few highly cited works on floorplanning, placement, routing, manufacturability, and FPGA. His NTUplace3 placer was the core engine of the popular Digital Custom Placer of SpringSoft, acquired by the #1 EDA vendor, Synopsys, with US $406M dollars in 2012. His NTUplace4 is a 3-time champions at the contests of the three premier conferences, DAC'12, ICCAD'13, and ISPD'15. He was ranked #1 worldwide among 40K+ researchers by the Microsoft Academic Search Database for Recent Five-Year Citations in the Hardware and Architecture Domain during November 2011 -- March 2012 (no such rating is available now).
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 in the 5th decade; #1 worldwide), Most Prolific Author (at least 6 papers) in a Single Year (2012, 2013), DAC Prolific Author Award (40 Club; now 62 papers, the #2 all-time DAC prolific author), one of the Longest Publication Streaks (15 years from 1999 to 2013; now 20 years, the #2 all-time DAC history). Dr. Chang is a 1st-place winner of six recent major ACM/IEEE EDA contests, including the 2015 ACM ISPD Blockage-Aware Detailed Routing-Driven 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. He has also received 18 other top-3 contest awards during the past decade. He is a recipient of nine Best Paper Awards (2017 ACM/IEEE DAC, 2010 and 1995 IEEE ICCD, etc.), the 2007 IEEE/ACM ICCAD Professor Margarida Jacome Memorial Award, and five Best-in-Track Papers at recent DAC and ICCAD. He has received 24 Best Paper Award Nominations from top international conferences, including DAC (6 times), ICCAD (4 times), and ISPD (5 times) since 2000. He has received many research awards, such as the 2007, 2010, and 2013 Distinguished Research Awards (highest honor), Contract Research Fellow (2016--2018), and the 2004 Dr. Wu Ta You Memorial Award, all from Ministry of Science and Technology (formerly National Science Council) of Taiwan, and the 2015 MXIC Chair Professorship from NTU, the 2017 TECO Award, the 2010, 2012, and 2013 IBM Faculty Awards, the 2009 Distinguished EE Professor from the CIEE, the 2004 MXIC Young Chair Professorship from the MXIC Corp, the inaugural Research Achievement Award from NTU in 2004, distinguished teaching award in 2013 (highest honor for top 1% teachers for 5 years)/excellent teaching awards (eight times in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2018; ranked #1 in the department for students' teaching surveys in 2004, 2005, 2009, 2013, 2018) from NTU, and excellent teaching award from National Chiao Tung University in 2000 (ranked #1 in the Department for this inaugural award).
Dr. Chang has served as an editor / associate editor of premier journals, including IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems (TCAD) 2008 -- 2013 (Taiwan's 1st TCAD AE), IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems (TVLSI) 2015-now, IEEE Design & Test of Computers 2012 -- 2014 and 2016-now (as an interviews editor), IET Computers & Digital Techniques, the international Journal of Information Science and Engineering (JISE), etc. He has served as the steering committee/general/program chairs of ISPD (1st from Asia), and general/program chairs of ICCAD (1st from Taiwan), and program chair 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, including DAC, ICCAD, ISPD, ASP-DAC, DATE, ICCD, GLSVLSI, VLSI-DAT, FPL, FPT, APCCAS, etc. He was the CEDA Vice President of Conferences 2016-2017 and Technical Activities 2014-2015. He received the Outstanding Service Award from IEEE CEDA in 2015 and Service Award from ACM in 2012. 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., and a member of the Board Governors of the Taiwan IC Design Society, a Review Committee Member of the National Science Council, and a Principal Reviewer of the SBIR projects of the Ministry of Economics Affairs, Taiwan. He co-founded the Maxeda Technology, Inc. in 2015.
張耀文現為臺灣大學終身特聘教授兼電機資訊學院院長。曾擔任臺灣大學副教務長 (2016-2018), 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938頁EDA教科書等) 和300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 領域全球四萬餘學者第一(2011-2012, 現無此統計)，電路擺置工具 NTUplace3 為思源科技(現為Synopsys)暢銷工具Laker Custom Digital Placer的核心引擎，多項技術被採用為當今業界設計工具的核心引擎。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)和旺宏電子講座教授、科技部研究傑出獎(最高榮譽，三次)、科技部特約研究員 (2016-2018)、IBM Faculty Award (三次)、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 55年歷史上第二多產論文作者 [張教授從事此領域研究僅 25 年]; DAC論文發表連續長度前二名，目前20年)、ACM/IEEE EDA競賽六次冠軍(全球第一)、九次最佳論文獎 (含最近 2017 ACM/IEEE DAC [台灣54年來第二篇, 第一篇於 1988 年由中研院獲得]等) 和24次ACM/IEEE 最佳論文獎提名。
張教授為首位非歐美的IEEE CEDA (Council on EDA) 候任總裁 (2018-2019)，並將為總裁 (2020-2021), 曾任其技術活動副總裁(2014-2015)，會議副總裁(2016-2017)和獎勵委員 (2015-2017)。曾為頂尖會議 IEEE/ACM ICCAD (台灣首位)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 (亞洲首位) 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，並以其多年研發技術合創至達科技(Maxeda Technology)。其在2000年初起 (擔任教育部教改計畫EDA聯盟召集人等)，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；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900餘頁EDA教科書；其於2004年推動的EDA頂尖國際會議論文倍增計畫，已使台灣近十年來每年在最頂尖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；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)。張耀文為IEEE學會會士 (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.”