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Computer scientist recognized for collaborative paper


Jason Cong, professor of computer science in the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, and his coauthors have received the best paper award at the Association for Computing Machinery/Special Interest Group on Design Automation’s 27th international symposium on field-programmable gate arrays. This year’s best paper award was selected from a total of 161 submissions.

The symposium is the premier conference for presentation of advances in all areas related to field-programmable gate array technology. FPGAs are circuits that are designed to be configured after manufacturing. Cong’s paper, “HeteroCL: A Multi-Paradigm Programming Infrastructure for Software-Defined Reconfigurable Computing” results from a close collaboration between a group at Cornell and Cong’s group at UCLA. It can help developers to focus more on designing efficient algorithms rather than being distracted by low-level implementation details.

Cong’s research interests include electronic design automation, energy-efficient computing, customized computing for big-data applications, and highly scalable algorithms. He has published more than 400 research papers in these areas, including winning 12 best paper awards, and three 10-year retrospective most influential paper awards.

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