Hai "Helen" Li

Clare Boothe Luce Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests:

Neuromorphic computing systems
Machine learning acceleration and trustworthy AI
Emerging memory technologies, circuit, and architecture
Low power circuits and systems

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Professor of Computer Science

Contact Information

  • Office Location: #407 Wilkinson Building, 534 Research Drive, Durham, NC 27701
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-1373
  • Email Address: hai.li@duke.edu
  • Websites:

Education

  • Ph.D. Purdue University, 2004

Research Interests

Neuromorphic computing systems
Machine learning acceleration and trustworthy AI
Emerging memory technologies, circuit and architecture
Low power circuits and systems

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Fellow, Executive Leadership in Academic Technology, Engineering and Science (ELATES). Drexel University. 2022
  • Fellow. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). 2018
  • Distinguished Member. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). 2018
  • Best Paper Award for the paper titled “Classification Accuracy Improvement for Neuromorphic Computing Systems with One-level Precision Synapses”. Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASPDAC). 2017
  • Fulton C. Noss Faculty Fellow. University of Pittsburgh. 2016
  • Best Paper Award for the paper titled “Quantitative Modeling of Racetrack Memory - A Tradeoff among Area, Performance, and Power”. Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASPDAC). 2015
  • Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Program Award (AF-SFFP). AFRL/RITC. 2015
  • Best Paper Award for the paper titled “A Weighted Sensing Scheme for ReRAM-based Cross-point Memory Array”. IEEE Computer Society Annual Symposium on VLSI (ISVLSI). 2014
  • Best Paper Award for the paper titled “Coordinating Prefetching and STT-RAM based Last-level Cache Management for Multicore Systems”. Proceedings of the 23rd ACM International Conference on Great Lakes Symposium on VLSI (GLSVLSI). 2013
  • Air Force Visiting Faculty Research Program (VFRP) Fellowship. AFRL/RIB. 2013
  • DARPA Young Faculty Award. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). 2013
  • NSF Career Award. National Science Foundation (NSF). 2012
  • Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Program Award (AF-SFFP). AFRL/RITC. 2011
  • Best Paper Award for the paper titled “Combined Magnetic- and Circuit-level Enhancements for the Nondestructive Self-Reference Scheme of STT-RAM”. ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Low Power Electronics and Design (ISLPED). 2010
  • Best Paper Award for the paper titled “Design Margin Exploration of Spin-Torque Transfer RAM (SPRAM)”. the 9th International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED). 2008

Courses Taught

  • ECE 493: Projects in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 494: Projects in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 550D: Fundamentals of Computer Systems and Engineering
  • ECE 661: Computer Engineering Machine Learning and Deep Neural Nets
  • ECE 891: Internship

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Augustine, Charles, and Helen Li. “ISLPED 2022: An Experience of a Hybrid Conference in the Time of COVID-19 (Accepted).” Ieee Design &Amp; Test 40, no. 1 (February 2023): 105–7. https://doi.org/10.1109/mdat.2022.3208552.
  • Li, Hai Helen. “MWSCAS Guest Editorial Special Issue Based on the 64th International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems.” Ieee Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers 70, no. 1 (January 2023): 1–2. https://doi.org/10.1109/tcsi.2022.3226647.
  • Li, Ziru, Qilin Zheng, Yiran Chen, and Hai Li. “SpikeSen: Low-latency In-sensor-intelligence Design with Neuromorphic Spiking Neurons.” Ieee Transactions on Circuits and Systems Ii: Express Briefs, 2023, 1–1. https://doi.org/10.1109/tcsii.2023.3235888.
  • Shafique, M., T. Theocharides, H. Li, and C. Jason Xue. “Introduction to the Special Issue on Accelerating AI on the Edge - Part 2.” Acm Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems 21, no. 6 (December 12, 2022). https://doi.org/10.1145/3563127.
  • Li, H. H. “Guest Editorial Special Issue on the International Symposium on Integrated Circuits and Systems - ISICAS 2022.” Ieee Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers 69, no. 12 (December 1, 2022): 4730. https://doi.org/10.1109/TCSI.2022.3219319.