Computer Scientist recognized for important work in computer processing power


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Computer scientist Xueqing Li, is being recognized for his work in enabling nonvolatile computer designs with high power efficiency and reliability using custom designed circuits in ferroelectric field-effect transistors.

Li, a post doctorate researcher in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, supervised by Distinguished Professor Vijay Narayanan, received the 2017 Best Publication in Low Energy System Technology (LEAST), a Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC)/STARnet  Center sponsored by Marco Technologies, LLC and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Li’s paper was one of two chosen for the award, out of a total of 260 that were submitted. His research focuses on the creation of a processor for electronics that will not lose the work being done even if the user loses power supply. This research will also enable longer battery life of electronics by efficiently shutting down idle computing units to save standby quiescent power.

 Li's research has involved collaboration with multiple universities and individuals, including Prof. Suman Datta in University of Notre Dame, Prof. Sayeef Salahuddin in University of California, Berkeley, Prof. Meng-Fan Chang in National Tsing Hua University, Prof. Asif Khan in Georgia Institute of Technology, and Prof. John Sampson and Sumeet Gupta in Penn State University.  Additional graduate researchers include Kaisheng Ma, Sumitha George, Ahmedullah Aziz from Penn State University.

Established in 2013, LEAST is one of six university microelectronics research centers funded by SRC and DARPA to support the continued growth and leadership of the U.S. semiconductor industry.


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Rebekka Coakley

Computer scientist Xueqing Li, with Distinguished Professor Vijay Narayanan (right).



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