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About the Group
The group consists of Prof. Weikang Qian and his students in the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. In our research, we study how emerging technologies, such as new computing paradigms and novel devices, will affect the design and synthesis of digital circuits and systems. Broadly speaking, our research activities include both hardware and software development. In the hardware aspect, we design novel digital circuits and architectures for many different applications, such as image processing and machine learning, emphasizing the impact of emerging technologies. In the software aspect, we develop algorithms to aid the design of integrated circuits and systems.

We welcome you to explore this website of our group:
  • See our "People" page for a list of everyone in the group.
  • See our "Research" page for an overview of our research activities.
  • See our "Publications" page for our papers.
  • See our "Teaching" page for courses that Weikang teaches.
  • See our "Activities" page for activities that Weikang engages in.
  • See our "Codes & Links" page for some software download links.

Open Positions
We are constantly hiring graduate students and postdocs who are interested in electronic design automation (EDA), circuit design, or computer architecture. However, students/postdocs with various backgrounds from Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Automation, or Mathematics are also welcome to apply. Preference will be given to applicants with strong backgrounds in math (especially discrete math, probability and random processes, or optimization) and/or programming.

We also have positions for undergraduate students. Preference will be given to these undergraduate students who are highly-motivated and interested in joining our group for further graduate study.

If interested in any of the above positions, please send an email with a copy of your CV to Weikang at qianwk@sjtu.edu.cn.


Current Announcement
  • We are glad to open-source some codes we developed. Please check Codes & Links. Highlights
  • Our paper entitled "When sorting network meets parallel bitstreams: A fault-tolerant parallel ternary neural network (TNN) accelerator based on stochastic computing" was accepted as a poster presentation by the 2020 Design, Automation, and Test in Europe Conference (DATE). This work is first-authored by Yawen Zhang, a co-advised student. This work gives a novel view on parallel bit stream computing. Highlights
  • Our paper entitled "Go unary: a novel synapse coding and mapping scheme for reliable ReRAM-based neuromorphic computing" was accepted as a long presentation by the 2020 Design, Automation, and Test in Europe Conference (DATE). This work is first-authored by Chang Ma, a co-advised student. This work applies unary encoding, an encoding form related to stochastic encoding, to solve the reliability issue of ReRAM-based crossbar array for performing matrix-vector multiplication operation.
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  • Our paper entitled "Accuracy analysis for stochastic circuits with D-flip flop insertion" was accepted as a long presentation by the 2020 Design, Automation, and Test in Europe Conference (DATE). This work is first-authored by Kuncai Zhong.
  • We presented a survey on computation-driven data encoding at 2019 IEEE International Workshop on Signal Processing Systems (SiPS).
  • Weihua Xiao joined our group as Ph.D. student in September, 2019. Welcome, Weihua!
  • Ziqi Meng joined our group as master student in September, 2019. Welcome, Ziqi!
  • Chang Meng got second place at the programming contest at 2019 International Workshop on Logic and Synthesis.
  • Zhuangzhuang Zhou, a JI undergraduate student, was awarded the first place at the 2019 ACM Student Research Competition (ACM SRC) Grand Finals - undergraduate student category. Congratulations to Zhuangzhuang! (See official announcement, news report 1 and news report 2.) Highlights
  • Sanbao Su obtained his master of science degree in March, 2019. He joined Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. Congratulations!
  • Meng Yang obtained her master of science degree in March, 2019. She joined China International Marine Containers (Group) Co., Ltd. Congratulations!
  • Our paper on multi-level approximate logic synthesis was accepted by IEEE Transactions on Computer Aided-Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems. This work is first-authored by Yi Wu.
Past Announcement
2018
  • Dr. Qian recieved the 2018 Research Excellence Award at JI.
  • Our paper on two-level approximate logic synthesis was accepted by IEEE Transactions on Computer Aided-Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems. This work is first-authored by Sanbao Su.
  • Zhuangzhuang Zhou, a JI undergraduate student, was awarded the first place at the ACM Special Interest Group on Design Automation Student Research Competition (ACM/SIGDA SRC) - undergraduate student category. Congratulations to Zhuangzhuang!
  • Kuncai Zhong and Chang Meng joined our group as Ph.D. students in September, 2018. Welcome, Kuncai and Chang!
  • We presented our work on delay-driven approximate logic synthesis at the 2018 International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD) in Nov., 2018. This work is first-authored by Zhuangzhuang Zhou, a JI undergraduate student.
  • Our paper on error analysis of approximate adders was accepted by IEEE Transactions on Computers. This work is co-first-authored by Yi Wu and two JI undergraduate students, You Li and Xiangxuan Ge.
  • Our paper on synthesizing stochastic circuits was accepted by IEEE Transactions on Computer Aided-Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems. This work is first-authored by Zhijing Li, a JI undergraduate student.
  • We presented our work on error estimation for approximate logic synthesis at the 2018 Design Automation Conference (DAC) in June, 2018. This work is first-authored by Sanbao Su.
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  • We presented our work on synthesizing stochastic computing circuits at the International Conference on Computer-Aided Design in November, 2014. This work is first-authored by Yili Ding, a JI undergraduate student.
  • We presented our work on synthesizing single-electron transistor circuits at the International Conference on Computer-Aided Design in November, 2014. This work is first-authored by Zheng.
  • Zili Lin and Xuesong Peng joined our group as master students in September, 2014. Welcome, Zili and Xuesong!
  • We received a general-program grant from National Natural Science Foundation of China (jointly with Prof. Bo Yuan from CS Department at SJTU) to study how to design stochastic computing circuits and architectures for machine learning and inference applications.
  • We received a grant from Capital Microelectronics Corporation to study how to accelerate FPGA technology mapping using multicore processors.
  • Chen obtained his master of science degree in March, 2014. Congratulations! Chen will continue for a Ph.D. study in our group.
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