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Assistant Professor [IEEE-Style Short Biography, Full CV (PDF)]
Deptatment of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)
Deptartment of Computer Science (joint appointment), UCSB

Department of Mathematics, (joint appointment, effective in 07/2019), UCSB
Ph.D in EECS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.Phil in EE, The University of Hong Kong
B. Eng in EE, Huazhong University of Science & Technology
Email: zhengzhang [AT] ece [dot] ucsb [dot] edu Phone: 805-893-7294
Address: 4109 Harold Frank Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106

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We work on two topics of mathematical/computational data science: uncertainty quantification and tensor computation. We currently focus on the following application fields:

  • Design automation methodology of electronic and photonic integrated circuits (IC) under various uncertainties;

  • Algorithms and algorithm/hardware co-design of high-dimensional, safe and robust machine learning;

  • Quantum computing and the design automation aspects of quantum circuits.

Our research is supported by both government funding agencies (e.g., NSF, DOE) and industries (e.g., Facebook, Samsung, Xilinx and NVIDIA).


  • [Graduation] 03/22/2022: Our PhD student Cole Hawkins finished his PhD defense on Feb 28, and received his PhD degree in mathematics. Cole is the first PhD graduate from our group, and he will join Amazon as a research scientist to work on AI topics. Congratulations, Dr. Hawkins!!!

  • [Paper] 12/16/2021: Zichang's paper "PoBO: A polynomial bounding method for chance-constrained yield-aware optimization of photonic ICs" is accepted by IEEE Trans. CAD.

  • [Award] 11/01/2021: I received the IEEE CEDA (Council of Electronic Design Automation) Ernest S. Kuh Early Career Award. This award recognizes our group's contributions towards the fundamental stochastic computation methods for design automation under various uncertainties.

  • [Paper] 09/23/2021: Cole's paper "Towards compact neural networks via end-to-end training: a Bayesian tensor approach with automatic rank determination" is accepted by SIAM Journal on Mathematics of Data Science.

  • [Award] 06/25/2021: I received the ACM SIGDA Outstanding New Faculty Award.

  • [Paper] 06/23/2021: Zichang's paper "High-dimensional uncertainty quantification via tensor regression with rank determination and adaptive sampling" is accepted by IEEE Trans. Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology.

  • [Grant] 05/05/2021: We received a medium-scale research grant "Analog EDA-Inspired Methods for Efficient and Robust Neural Network Design" from NSF. Co-PIs of this project include Prof. Tsui-Wei Weng (UCSD and IBM) and Prof. Luca Daniel (MIT), who are our long-term collaborators.

  • [Paper] 1/12/2021: Zhuotong's paper "Towards robust neural networks via close-loop control" is accepted by ICLR 2021. This is a joint work with Prof. Qianxiao Li at NUS. This paper proposed a close-loop control method to improve the robustness of neural networks against various types of uncertainties and attacks.

  • [Award] 10/07/2020: Zichang's paper "High-dimensional uncertainty quantification via active and rank-adaptive tensor regression" received the best student paper award at IEEE EPEPS 2020.

  • [Grant] 09/10/2020: We received a research grant from DOE ASCR to investigate quantum-inspired Bayesian sampling and its application in machine learning and uncertainty quantification. DOE news.

  • [Paper] 07/23/2020: Chunfeng's paper "Active Subspace of Neural Networks: Structural Analysis and Universal Attacks" is accepted for publications in SIAM Journal on Mathematics of Data Science. This is a joint work with Prof. Ivan Oseledets and his students.

  • [Award] 07/12/2020: We received a Facebook Research Award to investigate software/hardware co-design of machine learning.

  • [Award] 05/04/2020: Our paper "Stochastic collocation with non-Gaussian correlated process variations: Theory, algorithms and applications" (first author: Chunfeng Cui) received the yearly Best Journal Paper Award from IEEE Trans. Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology.

  • [Award] 07/27/2019: Chunfeng Cui is selected as a Rising Star in EECS (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science). She will attend the Rising Stars workshop at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.


More publications...


  • 2021: ACM SIGDA Outstanding New Faculty Award (link); IEEE CEDA Ernest S. Kuh Early Career Award (link).

  • 2020: Best Paper Award of IEEE Trans. on Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology (link to paper); Facebook Research Award; Best Student Paper Award at EPEPS (by PhD advisee Zichang He, link to paper).

  • 2019: NSF CAREER Award; Rising Stars in Computational and Data Sciences (by my advisee Chunfeng Cui); Rising Stars in EECS (by my advisee Chunfeng Cui).

  • 2018: Best Paper Award of IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology (link to ppaer); Best Conference Paper Award at IEEE EPEPS (link to paper).

  • 2016: ACM Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award in Electronic Design Automation (link); Best Paper Award at International Workshop on Signal and Power Integrity.

  • 2015: MIT Microsystems Technology Labs (MTL) Doctoral Dissertation Seminar Award (link).

  • 2014: Donald O. Pederson Best Paper Award of IEEE Transactions on CAD of Integrated Circuits and Systems ( link); Best Paper Nomination at IEEE CICC.

  • 2011: Li Ka-Shing Prize (best M.Phil/Ph.D thesis award) from the University of Hong Kong (link); best paper nominations at ICCAD2011 and ASP-DAC2011.


  • Associate Editor: ACM SIGDA Newsletters (2018-2019);

  • TPC Member: ICCAD (2016-2018), DAC (2017, 2018);

  • Award Committee: ACM SIGDA Best Dissertation Award Committee (2018), DAC Best Paper Award Committee (2018), ICCAD Best Paper Award Committee (2018)