Yang (Cindy) Yi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
School of Engineering
University of Kansas

2050 EATON Hall, 1520 West 15th Street
Lawrence, KS 66045, USA

253 Nichols Hall, 2335 Irving Hill Road
Lawrence, KS 66045, USA
Phone: (785) 864-7968
Fax: (785) 864-7789
Email: yyi@ku.edu

Education

Ph.D., Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering; GPA: 4.0/4.0
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA.

M.S., Dept. of Electronic Engineering (honor);
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China.

B.S., Dept. of Electronic Engineering (highest honor)
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China.

Research Interests

Dr. Yi's research interests lie in general areas in Very Large Scale Integrated (VLSI) Circuits and Systems, Computer Aided Design (CAD), Neuromorphic Computing, Emerging Nano-electronic Device, and Internet of Things (IoT). The specific areas of interests include but are not limited to the following:

  • Neuromorphic Electronic Circuits Design and Automation for Brain-Inspired Computing System
  • Three Dimensional IC Design for Green Computing and Renewable Energy System
  • Energy Efficient Circuit Design for Internet of Things
  • Nano-electronic Device and Circuit Design for Analog /Mixed-Signal Biological Systems
  • High Speed Interconnect Modeling and Simulation
  • Large Scale Circuit Simulation on Emerging Parallel Computing Platforms

Short Bio

Yang (Cindy) Yi is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at the University of Kansas (KU). Prior to joining the faculty at KU, she has been working on various research topics in the area of integrated circuits and systems at Texas A&M University, University of Missouri - Kansas City, Freescale, IBM, Intel, and Texas Instruments (TI). Yang (Cindy) Yi has been serving as an Associate Editor for Cyber Journal of Selected Areas in Microelectronics since 2011, Editorial Board Member for International Journal of Computational & Neural Engineering (IJCNE) since 2014, and Editorial Board Member for European Journal of Advances in Engineering and Technology since 2015, and a member of Technical Program Committee (TPC) for various international conferences. She has more than 30 publications in various international journals and conference proceedings, and has been invited to give presentations in most leading companies and research institutes including IBM/IBM Research, Intel, Freescale, AMD, Global-Foundries, Qualcomm, Avago, TI, Synopsys, Tsinghua University, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Buffalo, etc.


Yang (Cindy) Yi received the United States Air Force (USAF) Summer Faculty Fellowship from Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFSOR) in 2015, Miller Scholar from School of Engineering at University of Kansas (KU) in 2015, Kansas National Science Foundation (NSF) EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) First Award from State of Kansas in 2015, New Faculty General Research Award from University of Kansas (KU) Research in 2015, Visiting Faculty Research Fellowship from Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) in 2014, University of Missouri Faculty Scholar from University of Missouri System Academic Program in 2014, Equipment Award from Texas Instruments University Program in 2013 and 2014, Equipment Award from NVIDIA Academic Partnership Program in 2013, Travel Grant from National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Roadmap Workshop in 2013, Best Paper Award Finalist of the IEEE Conference on VLSI Design, Automation and Test (VLSI-DAT) in 2011, Student Travel Grant of the ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference (DAC) in 2008, and Best Paper Award Finalist of the IEEE Conference on Electrical Performance of Electronic Packaging (EPEP) in 2006. She was elected as the National Candidate for New Faces of Engineering 2012 by the National Engineers Week Foundation. Her research has been funded by National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, National Science Foundation EPSCoR, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Air Force Research Lab, State of Kansas, and Industry.

What's New?

Available positions: research assistant positions are available in Fall 2016 for self-motivated Ph.D. students who are interested in conducting research on the topic of IC design, neuromorphic computing, signal integrity and power integrity.

In the year of 2015, Dr. Yi secured $1 million+ personal share research funding (with $1.043 Million Federal Funding as PI).
Mar. 2016: Our paper on “An Energy Efficient Decoding Scheme for nonlinear MIMO-OFDM Network using Reservoir Computing” has been accepted by IEEE International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN).
Mar. 2016: Dr. Yi Receives Support from the Air Force Research Lab to Develop New Neuromorphic Computing Capabilities (A three-year, $600,000 project) MORE
Feb. 2016: Our paper on “Mitigating the Impact of Hardware Variability for GPGPUs Register File” has been accepted by IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems.
Feb. 2016: Our paper on “Novel Spiking Temporal Encoder for Brain-inspired Computing Systems” has been accepted by IEEE DAC Work-in-Progress Session.
Feb. 2016: Our paper on “Modeling and Optimization of TSV for Crosstalk Mitigation in 3D Neuromorphic System” has been accepted by 2016 IEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC).
Jan. 2016: Our paper on “FPGA based Spike Time Dependent Encoder and Reservoir Design in Neuromorphic Computing Processors” has been accepted by Journal of Microprocessors and Microsystems: Embedded Hardware Design (Elsevier).
Jan. 2016: Our paper on “Design Challenges and Methodologies in 3D Integration for Neuromorphic Computing Systems” has been accepted by 2016 IEEE International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED).
Dec. 2015: Amimul gives a talk about “Three Dimensional Integration Technology Applied to Neuromorphic Hardware Implementation” in the IEEE International Symposium on Nanoelectronic and Information System (INIS).
Nov. 2015: Dr. Yi's patent (9,208,832) on "Functional Screening of Static Random Access Memories Using an Array Bias Voltage" is granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Oct. 2015: Dr. Yi received funding from Department of Defense (DOD) - Air Force Research Lab Information Institute for her research on "Electronic Reservoir Design and Analysis in Neuromorphic Computing System" .
Sept. 2015: Mrs. Sreelakshmi Penmetsa graduated in summer 2015. She is working as a Senior Mixed Signal Design Engineer at NVidia Inc. now. Congratulations Sree!
Sept. 2015: Chenyuan's paper on "Spike-Time-Dependent Encoding for Neuromorphic Processors" has been published in the ACM Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems (JETC). Congratulations Chenyuan! This work is an outcome of the collaboration with US Air Force Research Lab and Google Inc.
Sept. 2015: Dr. Yi received funding from Air Force Research Lab Information Institute for her research on dynamic reservoir design.
Aug. 2015: Ms. Lakshmi Sravanthi Koutha joined our group as M.S. student. Welcome on board!
Aug. 2015: Yan's paper on "Resource Allocation for Delay-Sensitive Traffic over LTE-Advanced Relay Networks" has been published in the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications This work is an outcome of the collaboration with Samsung Inc.
Aug. 2015: Amimul's paper on "An Analytical Through Silicon Via (TSV) Surface Roughness Model Applied to a Millimeter Wave 3-D IC" has been published in the IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Capability (EMC) Congratulations Amimul! This work is an outcome of the collaboration with Intel Inc.
July 2015: Dr. Yi is elected as the Miller Scholar in recognition of her accomplishment and contribution to the School of Engineering.
July 2015: Dr. Yi received the New Faculty General Research Award from University of Kansas (KU) Research.
Jun. 2015: Chenyuan's paper on "Low Power CMOS Power Amplifier Design for RFID and the Internet of Things" has been published in the Computers & Electrical Engineering an International Journal (Elsevier).
Jun. 2015: Our group successfully fabricated and tested the analog spiking time dependent encoder using Global Foundries CMOS 180nm technology. To the best of our knowledge, the introduced neuron circuit is the world’s first to present the sensory data using inter-spike interval temporal encoding. This is also the first nano-chip developed at KU.
Jun. 2015: Amimul started his summer internship in Intel Inc. Congratulations Amimul! Amimul is working on developing a computationally efficient methodology to model the pogo pin socket electrical behavior. MORE
Jun. 2015: Mr. MD Nashid Anjum joined our group as Ph.D. student. Welcome on board!
May 2015: Wafi gives a talk about “Channel Estimation in Wireless OFDM Systems Using Reservoir Computing” in the IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence for Security and Defense Applications.
May 2015: Dr. Yi Selected as a 2015 U.S. Air Force Summer Faculty Fellow from Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFSOR) for neuron design research. MORE
May 2015: Dr. Yi serves as one of the Conference Session Chairs on Neuromorphic Computational Models in IEEE conference on Computational Intelligence for Security and Defense Applications (CISDA).
April 2015: Amimul's paper on "Analytical Modeling and Analysis of Through Silicon Vias (TSVs) in High Speed Three-Dimensional System Integration" has been published in the Progress in Electromagnetics Research (PIER) Journal. Congratulations Amimul! This work is an outcome of the collaboration with Intel Inc.
Mar. 2015: Dr. Yi received funding from Air Force Research Lab for neuromorphic computing research. MORE
Feb. 2015: Dr. Yi received National Science Foundation (NSF) funding for energy efficient integrated circuit design research. MORE
Feb. 2015: Dr. Yi received National Science Foundation (NSF) EPSCoR funding for her resarch on three dimensional integrated circuit design green computing and renewable energy system. MORE
Jan. 2015: Amimul's paper on "Development of an Equivalent Circuit Model of a Finite Ground Coplanar Waveguide Interconnect in MIS System for Ultra-Broadband Monolithic ICs" has been published in the Progress in Electromagnetics Research (PIER) Journal. Congratulations Amimul! This work is an outcome of the collaboration with Intel Inc.
Jan. 2015: Welcome to the world! Ethan! It is a place full of delights and wonders.

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