K.-T. Tim Cheng received his Ph.D. in EECS from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988. He worked at Bell Laboratories from 1988 to 1993 and joined the faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1993. He was the founding director of UCSB’s Computer Engineering Program (1999-2002), Chair of the ECE Department (2005-2008) and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research (2013-2016). He joined Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in May 2016, as Dean of Engineering and Chair Professor of ECE and CSE. He held a Visiting Professor position at TsingHua Univ. Taiwan (1999), Univ. of Tokyo, Japan (2008), Hong Kong Univ. of Science and Technology (2012) and Zhejiang University China (2012-2016). His current research interests include mobile embedded systems, computer vision, electronic and photonic design automation, and multimedia computing. He has published more than 400 technical papers, co-authored five books, adviced 40 PhD theses, and holds 12 U.S. Patents in these areas. He served as Director for US Department of Defense MURI Center for 3D hybrid circuits from 2011 to 2016 which aims at integrating CMOS with high-density memristors.
Cheng, an IEEE fellow, received more than 10 Best Paper Awards from various IEEE and ACM conferences and journals. He has also received the 2004-2005 UCSB College of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award. He served as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Design and Test of Computers and was a board member of IEEE Council of Electronic Design Automation’s Board of Governors and IEEE Computer Society’s Publication Board, and working groups of International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS). Cheng was a founding member of Verplex Systems, a market leader of formal verification tools for electronic design, which was acquired by Cadence.