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Yiran Chen

Yiran Chen

Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Yiran Chen received B.S. and M.S. degrees (both with honor) from Tsinghua University, and a Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2005.

After five years in industry, he joined the University of Pittsburgh in 2010 as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 2014.

Before coming to Duke in January 2017, he was Bicentennial Alumni Faculty Fellow and co-director of the Evolutionary Intelligence Lab ( in the Pitt Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, focusing on the research of nonvolatile memory and storage systems, neuromorphic computing, and mobile applications.

Dr. Chen has published a book, a dozen of book chapters, and more than 270 journal and conference papers. He has been granted 90 United States and international patents, with other 13 pending applications.

He is the associate editor of IEEE TCAD, IEEE D&T, IEEE ESL, ACM JETC, and ACM SIGDA E-newsletter, and served on the technical and organization committees of around 40 international conferences. He received three best paper awards from ISQED’08, ISLPED’10 and GLSVLS’13, and other 13 nominations from DAC, ICCAD, DATE, ASPDAC, ISLPED, CODES+ISSS, and ISQED.

He also received the NSF CAREER award in 2013, and the ACM SIGDA outstanding new faculty award in 2014. He was an invitee to the 2013 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium of the National Academy of Engineering.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Contact Information

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  • Ph.D. Purdue University, 2005

Research Interests

Nonvolatile memory and storage systems, neuromorphic computing, and mobile applications.

Courses Taught

  • COMPSCI 350L: Digital Systems
  • ECE 350L: Digital Systems
  • ECE 550D: Fundamentals of Computer Systems and Engineering
  • ECE 590: Advanced Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 891: Internship

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Li, S; Xiao, N; Wang, P; Sun, G; Wang, X; Chen, Y; Li, H; Cong, J; Zhang, T, RC-NVM: Dual-addressing Non-Volatile Memory Architecture Supporting Both Row and Column Memory Accesses, Ieee Transactions on Computers (2018) [10.1109/TC.2018.2868368] [abs].
  • Song, C; Cheng, HP; Yang, H; Li, S; Wu, C; Wu, Q; Chen, Y; Li, H, MAT: A multi-strength adversarial training method to mitigate adversarial attacks, Proceedings of Ieee Computer Society Annual Symposium on Vlsi, Isvlsi, vol 2018-July (2018), pp. 476-481 [10.1109/ISVLSI.2018.00092] [abs].
  • Lu, Y-H; Berg, AC; Chen, Y, Low-Power Image Recognition Challenge, Ai Magazine, vol 39 no. 2 (2018), pp. 87-87 [10.1609/aimag.v39i2.2782] [abs].
  • Chai, X; Zheng, X; Gan, Z; Han, D; Chen, Y, An image encryption algorithm based on chaotic system and compressive sensing, Signal Processing, vol 148 (2018), pp. 124-144 [10.1016/j.sigpro.2018.02.007] [abs].
  • Chen, L; Li, C; Chen, Y, A Forgetting Memristive Spiking Neural Network for Pavlov Experiment, International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, vol 28 no. 06 (2018), pp. 1850080-1850080 [10.1142/S0218127418500803] [abs].