Jingsheng Jason Cong, Distinguished Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science, was recognized by the academy “for pioneering contributions to application-specific programmable logic via innovations in field programmable gate array (FPGA) synthesis.”
Cong has led research in electronic design automation, energy-efficient computing, customized computing for big-data applications, and highly scalable algorithms. In particular, FPGAs designed by his synthesis algorithms are now key components of the world’s communication and computation infrastructures.
Cong is the director of the National Science Foundation-funded Center for Domain Specific Computing, which looks beyond parallelization in computing and focuses on domain-specific customization, from single chips up to data centers, to achieve drastic power efficiency improvement. He also leads the VLSI Architecture, Synthesis and Technology Laboratory at UCLA and holds a faculty appointment in the Electrical Engineering Department.
Cong has received numerous awards for his research including the Technical Achievement Award from both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer (IEEE) Circuits and System Society and the IEEE Computer Society. He is a fellow of IEEE and the Association for Computing Machinery.
Cong is a distinguished visiting professor at Peking University (PKU), and the co-director of the UCLA/PKU Joint Research Institute in Science and Engineering. He was a founder or co-founder of three start-up companies that were each acquired by larger companies, and is currently a co-founder, chairman and chief scientific advisor of Falcon Computing Solutions.
Cong received his M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1987 and 1990 respectively, and his B.S. in computer science from Peking University in 1985. He joined the UCLA Computer Science Department in 1990 and has graduated 35 Ph.D. students.
Announcement at NAE website: https://www.nae.edu/Projects/MediaRoom/20095/164396/165210.aspx