Sophia Shao



Yakun Sophia Shao


Accelerators for AI

Dr. Sophia Shao is an Assistant Professor and an SK Hynix Faculty Fellow in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley. Previously, she was a Senior Research Scientist at NVIDIA Research.

Dr. Shao received her Ph.D. degree in 2016 and S.M. degree in 2014 from Harvard University. Her research interests are in the area of computer architecture, with a special focus on specialized accelerator, heterogeneous architecture, and agile VLSI design methodology.

Dr. Shao’s work has been awarded the Best Paper Award at DAC 2021, the Best Paper Award at JSSC 2020, a Best Paper Award at MICRO 2019, Top Picks in Computer Architecture (2014), and Honorable Mentions (2019*2). Her Ph.D. dissertation was nominated by Harvard for ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award. Dr. Shao is an SK Hynix Faculty Fellow and the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, the 2022 IEEE TCCA Young Computer Architect Award, a Google Faculty Rising Stars Award in Systems Research, a Facebook Research Award, an Okawa Foundation Research Grant, and the inaugural Dr. Sudhakar Yalamanchili Award.