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Yanzhi Wang

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Khoury College Courtesy Appointment


Office Location

100 Forsyth Street
329 Dana Research Center
Boston, MA 02115

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Yanzhi Wang, 329 Dana
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


  • Energy-efficient and high-performance implementation of deep learning systems
  • Model compression of deep neural networks (DNNs)
  • Neuromorphic computing and non-von Neumann computing paradigms
  • Cybersecurity in deep learning systems


  • PhD in computer engineering, University of Southern California
  • BS in electronic engineering, Tsinghua University


Yanzhi Wang is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, with a courtesy appointment in the Khoury College of Computer Sciences at Northeastern University. His group works on both algorithms and actual implementations (FPGAs, circuit tapeouts, mobile and embedded systems, GPUs, emerging devices, and UAVs). His research maintains the highest model compression rates on representative DNNs since 09/2018 (ECCV18ASPLOS19ICCV19) and achieves the highest performance/energy efficiency in DNN implementations on many platforms (FPGA19, ISLPED19, HPCA19). His work on AQFP superconducting-based DNN inference acceleration, which is validated through cryogenic testing, has by far the highest energy efficiency among all hardware devices (ISCA19). His work has been published broadly in top conference and journal venues (e.g., ASPLOS, ISCA, MICRO, HPCA, ISSCC, AAAI, ICML, CVPR, ICLR, IJCAI, ECCV, ACM MM, ICDM, DAC, ICCAD, FPGA, LCTES, CCS, VLDB, ICDCS, TComputer, TCAD, JSAC, Nature SP, etc.) and has been cited over 4,900 times according to Google Scholar. He has received four Best Paper Awards, has another seven Best Paper Nominations and three Popular Papers in IEEE TCAD. Several instances of his group’s work have been adopted by industry.

The first PhD student of Wang, Dr. Caiwen Ding, graduated in June 2019 and will become a tenure track assistant professor in the Department of CSE at the University of Connecticut. The second PhD student, Ning Liu, will start as a superstar employee at DiDi AI Research (DiDi Inc.).