Vivienne Sze joined the EECS Department as an Assistant Professor in August 2013. She received the B.A.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 2004, and the S.M. and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2006 and 2010, respectively. From September 2010 to July 2013, she was a Member of the Technical Staff in the Systems and Applications R&D Center at Texas Instruments.
Prof. Sze’s research focuses on joint design of algorithms, architectures and circuits to build energy efficient and high performance systems. Her work on implementation-friendly video compression algorithms was used in the development of the latest video coding standard HEVC/H.265, enabling it to deliver better compression than previous standards, while still achieving high processing speeds and low hardware cost. She aims to develop energy-aware algorithms and efficient architectures for various energy-constrained applications including portable multimedia, health monitoring and distributed sensing.
She has received various awards including the Jin-Au Kong Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Prize in 2011, the 2007 DAC/ISSCC Student Design Contest Award, the 2008 A-SSCC Outstanding Design Award, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Julie Payette fellowship in 2004, the NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships in 2005 and 2007, and the Texas Instruments Graduate Woman’s Fellowship for Leadership in Microelectronics in 2008. In 2012, she was selected by IEEE-USA as one of the “New Faces of Engineering”.