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

2015: Ph.D in EECS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Supervisor: Prof. Luca Daniel
2010: M.Phil in EEE, The University of Hong Kong. Supervisor: Prof. Ngai Wong
2008: B. Eng in Electronics, Huazhong University of Science & Technology

Email: zhengzhang [AT] ece [dot] ucsb [dot] eduPhone: 805-893-7294
Address: 4109 Harold Frank Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106


I am looking for exceptional and self-motivated students/scholars to join our group. Please click this page for the details of some openings.


I am interested in uncertainty-aware and data-driven modeling, verification and optimization techniques (e.g., uncertainty quantification and tensor data analysis), with applications in nano-scale chip design, intelligent systems and medical problems. Specific topics include:

  • Uncertainty-aware design automation of integrated photonics, nano-scale ICs and MEMS;

  • Modeling, verification and control of uncertain systems (arising from renewable energy systems, robotics and autonomous driving);

  • Tensor methods for big-data analysis and high-dimensional machine learning;

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (including computational electromagnetic modeling and high-dimensional image data analysis).


  • 2016 ACM Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award in Electronic Design Automation (for the most substantial contribution to the theory and/or application in the field of electronic design automation), link;

  • 2015 MIT Microsystems Technology Labs (MTL) Doctoral Dissertation Seminar Award (the only dissertation award given by MTL), link;

  • 2014 Donald O. Pederson Best Paper Award from IEEE Transactions on CAD of Integrated Circuits and Systems (1st author, selected from journal papers published in 2012 and 2013), link;

  • 2014 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad, link to the news;

  • 2011 Li Ka-Shing Prize (best M.Phil/Ph.D thesis award from the University of Hong Kong), link;

  • 2016 best oral paper award at International Workshop on Signal and Power Integrity (SPI)  (1st author);

  • Best conference paper nominations at CICC2014, ICCAD2011 and ASP-DAC2011.