Tim Cheng received his Ph.D. in EECS from the University of California, Berkeley. He has been serving as Dean of Engineering and Chair Professor of ECE and CSE at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) since May 2016. Before joining HKUST, he worked at Bell Laboratories from 1988 to 1993 and joined the faculty at Univ. of California, Santa Barbara in 1993 where he served as the founding director of UCSB’s Computer Engineering Program, Chair of the ECE Department and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research. His current research interests include design and design automation for flexible hybrid circuits, photonics IC, and system chips, as well as computer vision and medical image analysis. He has published more than 500 technical papers, co-authored five books, held 12 US patents, supervised more than 60 PhD dissertations, and transferred several of his inventions into successful commercial products.
Cheng, an IEEE fellow, received 10+ Best Paper Awards from various IEEE and ACM conferences and journals. He has also received 2020 Pan Wen Yuan Outstanding Research Award, Fellow of Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences, UCSB College of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award, and Fellow of School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo. He served as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Design and Test of Computers and was a board member of IEEE Council of Electronic Design Automation’s Board of Governors and IEEE Computer Society’s Publication Board.