Wei Li

PhD Candidate

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Office:Seat 2136B, Hamerschlag Hall, Carnegie Mellon University

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Wei Li is a third year PhD Candidate at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) co-advised by Prof. Shawn Blanton and Prof. Jose Moura. Prior to joining CMU, he has been with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) for his MPhil title under the supervision of Prof. Bei Yu. He received his bachelor degree in ELITE stream, CSE department from Chung Chi College, CUHK in Nov, 2018.

During his short research career, he was luckily collaborated with Prof. Michael R. Lyu (CUHK), Prof. Yuqun Zhang (SUSTech), Prof. Lingming Zhang (UIUC), Prof. Yibo Lin (PKU), and Prof. David Z. Pan (UT Austin)(in chronological order). With the guidance of these distinguished scholars, he has received three best-paper awards from the software engineering field (ISSTA, 2019), the Artificial Intelligence field (ICTAI, 2019), and the Electronics Design Automation field (ASP-DAC, 2021). He was also the recipient of Apple fellowship in Integrated Systems in 2022.

His research interest includes optimization and GPU-accelerated methods in VLSI design and testing, as well as geometric deep learning and its applications in EDA.

Besides research, he is an ardent supporter of LeBron James (LET'S GO LAKERS We are the champion!). He also enjoys reading, especially historical readings (Those things in the Ming Dynasty) and novels (The Three-Body Problem, Ordinary World). The person he wants to be the most is Choi Taek.


  • 05-2023: Start the internship at NVidia nv-research EDA group.

  • 11-2022: Pass the qualifying exam!

  • 05-2022: Start the internship at Apple SoC PD group.

  • 03-2022: My MPhil thesis “Irregular Deep Data Embedding and Learning" is recognized as the Faculty Outstanding Thesis! Many thanks to my MPhil advisor, Prof. Yu.

  • 02-2022: I am humbled and thrilled to receive Apple PhD fellowship in Integrated Systems!

  • 08-2021: New journey in CMU, hope I can be a better researcher and make some notable contributions here.

  • 06-2021: Pass thesis oral defense!

  • 12-2020: Receive Best Paper Award at ASP-DAC 2021! Thanks to the guide of Dr.Chen and professor.Yu.

  • 11-2020: 1st Place Award in EDA elite challenge as the team leader. Thanks to my teammates!


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