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Zhengya Zhang receives Intel Early Career Award

Zhang's research is in the area of low-power and high-performance VLSI circuits and systems.| Short Read
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Prof. Zhengya Zhang has been selected to receive a 2013 Intel Early Career Faculty Honor Program (ECFHP) award. The ECFHP was created in 2012 to help Intel connect with the best and brightest early career faculty members who show great promise as future academic leaders in disruptive computing technologies at the top universities around the world.

Prof. Zhang’s research is in the area of low-power and high-performance VLSI circuits and systems for computing, communications and signal processing to leverage emerging nanodevices, architectures, and advanced signal processing algorithms.

He received an NSF CAREER award for research in high performance, energy-efficient communication and storage. The goal of that research was to cut the total energy cost that is needed to achieve near-Shannon capacity information transmission and storage. His approach integrates circuit design and signal processing techniques by addressing low-energy coding algorithms as well as algorithm-oriented circuit techniques.

He joined the University of Michigan in 2009, after completing his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering at UC-Berkeley. He has received a Broadcom Faculty Fellowship in addition to the CAREER award. As a graduate student, he received the David J. Sakrison Memorial Prize for outstanding doctoral research in EECS at UC-Berkeley and a Best Student Paper Award at the Symposium on VLSI Circuits. He is Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I:Regular Papers.

The ECHFP award was announced at Intel Labs’ first annual University Collaborative Symposium, held June 25-26 in San Francisco.

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The electrons absorb laser light and set up “momentum combs” (the hills) spanning the energy valleys within the material (the red line). When the electrons have an energy allowed by the quantum mechanical structure of the material—and also touch the edge of the valley—they emit light. This is why some teeth of the combs are bright and some are dark. By measuring the emitted light and precisely locating its source, the research mapped out the energy valleys in a 2D crystal of tungsten diselenide. Credit: Markus Borsch, Quantum Science Theory Lab, University of Michigan.

Mapping quantum structures with light to unlock their capabilities

Rather than installing new “2D” semiconductors in devices to see what they can do, this new method puts them through their paces with lasers and light detectors. | Medium Read