UCSB Engineering

K.T. Tim Cheng


Electrical & Computer Engineering

K.T. Tim Cheng


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

tel: (805) 893-7294
fax: (805) 893-3262

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Research Description

He manages two research labs: SoC Design and Test Lab and Learning-based Multimedia Lab. The SoC Design and Test Lab focuses on developing methodologies, algorithms, techniques, and tools for validating, verifying, testing, and analyzing system-on-chip (SoC), flexible electronics, and 3D devices.

The Learning-Based Multimedia (LBMM) Group has wide interests in various algorithms and techniques for multimedia applications, but its current focus is Mobile Computer Vision, Mobile Augmented Reality, and Medical Image Viewing: addressing the main challenges for achieving the required real-time performance of vision and medical image viewing tasks with minimum energy consumption in a mobile, embedded environment, including designing a new energy-efficient parallel architecture for these tasks.

Research Groups


Tim Cheng worked at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ, from 1988 to 1993 and joined the faculty at UC Santa Barbara in 1993 where he is currently Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He was the Founding Director (1999-2002) of UCSB\'s Computer Engineering program and former Chair (2005-2008) of the ECE Department. He also served as Visiting Professor at Univ. of Tokyo Japan, Peking University China, National TsingHua University Taiwan, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Zhejiang University China. He has published over 350 technical papers, co-authored five books and holds 12 U.S. Patents. Cheng, a fellow of IEEE, received more than 10 Best Paper Awards at various IEEE and international conferences and journals and a UCSB College of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award. He served as Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Design and Test of Computers and currently serves on the editorial boards of several IEEE and ACM journals. He was a board member of IEEE Council of Electronic Design Automation’s Board of Governors, IEEE Computer Society’s Publication Board, and working groups of International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS). He has also served as General and Program Chair for several international conferences including IEEE International Test Conference and International Symposium on VLSI Design, Automation and Test (VLSI-DAT).


  • Best Paper Award in the Concept Category, ACM/IEEE 2013 International Symposium on Nanoscale Architectures (NANOARCH), 2013
  • Best Paper Award, 7th IEEE Workshop on Embedded Computer Vision, 2011
  • Best Student Paper Award, 2011 IEEE International Test Conference, 2011
  • The Best Paper Award, IEEE VLSI Test Symposium, 2008
  • The Best Paper Award, IEEE Asian Test Symposium, 2007
  • UCSB College of Engineering's Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award, 2004-2005
  • The Best Paper Award, Conference of Design Automation and Test in Europe, 2003
  • Annual Best Paper Award in Journal of Information Science and Engineering, 2001
  • Fellow, IEEE, 2000
  • Best Paper Awards, Design Automation Conference, 1999
  • Best Paper Awards, Design Automation Conference, 1994
  • Best Paper award, AT&T Conference on Electronic Testing, 1987

Selected Publications

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