PhD Candidate in Electrical Engineering
Office: 365 Upson Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: (607) 255-1456
Email: rz252 -at- cornell.edu
I am a PhD student at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University supervised by Professor Zhiru Zhang. My research area is high-level synthesis for FPGAs; most of my work focus on improving the quality and productivity of HLS design. More recently, I've worked on FPGA acceleration for machine learning applications. I obtained my BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto in 2014.
I interned at Altera (now part of Intel) and IBM during my undergrad. In my PhD study, I've interned at Microsoft Research Redmond working with Daniel Lo and Eric Chung on the Catapult project.
- R. Zhao, W. Song, W. Zhang, T. Xing, J. Lin, M. Srivastava, R. Gupta, and Z. Zhang. Accelerating Binarized Convolutional Neural Networks with Software-Programmable FPGAs Int'l Symp. on Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA), Feb 2017
- C. Xu, G. Liu, R. Zhao, S. Yang, G. Luo, and Z. Zhang. A Parallel Bandit-Based Approach for Autotuning FPGA Compilation Int'l Symp. on Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA), Feb 2017
- S. Dai, R. Zhao, G. Liu, S. Srinath, U. Gupta, C. Batten, and Z. Zhang. Dynamic Hazard Resolution for Pipelining Irregular Loops in High-Level Synthesis Int'l Symp. on Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA), Feb 2017
- R. Zhao, G. Liu, S. Srinath, C. Batten, and Z. Zhang. Improving High-Level Synthesis with Decoupled Data Structure Optimization Design Automation Conference (DAC), June 2016
- M. Tan, G. Liu, R. Zhao, S. Dai, and Z. Zhang. ElasticFlow: A Complexity-Effective Approach for Pipelining Irregular Loop Nests. Int'l Conf. on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD), Nov. 2015
- R. Zhao, M. Tan, S. Dai, and Z. Zhang. Area-Efficient Pipelining for FPGA-Targeted High-Level Synthesis. Design Automation Conference (DAC), June 2015
Honours and Awards
- Cornell Graduate Fellowship, 2014
- Engineering Science Foundation Scholarship, 2011
- NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award, 2011