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Prof. Jason Cong has been named one of the recipients of the Google Faculty Research Award (FRA). The Google FRA program is focused on funding world-class technical research in Computer Science, Engineering, and related fields. Among 910 proposals from 40 countries and over 320 universities submitted this year, 158 projects were selected for funding this year.

The goal of the Google FRA is to identify and strengthen long-term collaborative relationships with faculty working on problems that will impact how future generations use technology. The award is highly competitive – only 15% of applicants receive funding – and each proposal goes through a rigorous Google-wide review process.

More about Professor Cong:

Professor Cong served as the chair of the UCLA Computer Science Department from 2005 to 2008.  Currently, he is a Distinguished Chancellor’s Professor  at the Computer Science Department of University of California, Los Angeles, the Director of Center for Domain-Specific Computing (funded by NSF Expeditions in Computing Award), and the director of VLSI Architecture, Synthesis, and Technology (VAST) Laboratory.

Dr. Cong’s research interests include electronic design automation, energy-efficient computing, customized computing for big-data applications, and highly scalable algorithms. He has published over 400 research papers in these areas, including 12 Best Paper Awards, and three 10-Year Retrospective Most Influential Paper Awards.  His work on FPGA technology mapping (FlowMap) received the 2011 ACM/IEEE A. Richard Newton Technical Impact Award in Electric Design Automation “for pioneering work on technology mapping for FPGA that has made significant impact to the FPGA research community and industry”, and was the first inductee to the FPGA and Reconfigurable Computing Hall of Fame by ACM TCFPGA.