VLSI System Architecture Lab

Prof. Zhang is looking for highly-motivated students to join her group. RA positions are available to start in Fall 2024. Interested students may send me CV and transcripts in PDF.


Xinmiao Zhang received her Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is currently a Professor at the Ohio State University and was a Timothy E. and Allison L. Schroeder Assistant Professor 2005-2010 and Associate Professor 2010-2013 at Case Western Reserve University. Between her academic careers, she was a Senior Technologist at Western Digital/ SanDisk 2013-2017.  She is also a member of the core faculty of the Translational Data Analytics Institute of the Ohio State University. She held visiting positions at the University of Washington, Seattle, 2011-2013 and Qualcomm in 2008.

Prof. Zhang’s research spans the areas of VLSI architecture design, digital storage and communications, hardware security, cryptography, and signal processing. She developed many VLSI architectures to improve the hardware efficiency of state-of-the-art error-correcting coding and cryptographic schemes, including hard- and soft-decision BCH and Reed-Solomon codes as well as their variations, binary and non-binary low-density parity-check codes, and the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). Her recent work on generalized integrated interleaved codes enabled Terabyte/s decoding with excellent error-correcting performance. She authored the book “VLSI Architectures for Modern Error-Correcting Codes” (CRC 2015) and her work on the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) received more than 1000 citations. Her current research focuses on VLSI architecture design for error and erasure-correcting codes enabling hyper-speed large-scale memory/distributed storage, hardware security, homomorphic encryption, post-quantum cryptography, and machine learning.

Prof. Zhang is a recipient of NSF CAREER Award 2009, the College of Engineering Lumley Research Award at The Ohio State University 2022, the Best Paper Award at ACM Great Lakes Symposium on VLSI 2004, and Best Paper Award at International SanDisk Technology Conference 2016.

Prof. Zhang was elected the Vice President-Technical Activities of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (CASS) for the 2022-2023 term and the Chair of the Data Storage Technical Committee (DSTC) of the IEEE Communications Society for the 2021-2022 term. She also served on the Board of Governors of CASS for the 2019-2021 term and was a Vice-Chair of DSTC 2017-2020. She was the Chair of the Seasonal Schools Program of the IEEE Signal Processing Society 2013-2015. She has been a member of the CASS Circuits and Systems for Communications (CASCOM) Technical Committee since 2007 and VLSI Systems and Applications (VSA) Technical Committee since 2006. She was also a member of the Design and Implementation of Signal Processing Systems (DISPS) Technical Committee of the IEEE Signal Processing Society 2008-2014. Prof. Zhang has served on the organization and technical program committees of many conferences, such as the IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS), IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), IEEE Workshop on Signal Processing Systems (SiPS), IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM), Non-Volatile Memories Workshop, and ACM Great Lakes Symposium on VLSI (GLSVLSI). She has been an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems-I 2010-2019 and IEEE Open Journal of Circuits and Systems since 2019. She was a recipient of the Best Associate Editor Award in 2013 and 2021. 


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