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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 creative and self-motivated students/scholars to join our group; financial supports are available for exceptional students. Please click this page for the details of some research openings (PhD students, postdoc scholars, visiting scholars, undergraduate researchers) and scholarship.

Potential PhD applicants are encouraged to read this document (written by Prof. Mor Harchol-Balter at CMU) before deciding if they should pursue PhD degrees and how they should prepare their PhD application documents.


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, formal verification and control of uncertain dynamic systems (arising from robotics and autonomous driving);

  • Tensor methods for high-volume 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.