Dr. Youn-Long Lin

Tsing Hua Chair Professor

Dean of Research & Development


Department of Computer Science

National Tsing Hua University

Hsin-Chu, Taiwan




Youn-Long Lin is  a Tsing Hua Chair Professor of Computer Science of  National Tsing Hua University. He was born in Yun-Lin, Taiwan. He received his B.S. degree in electronics engineering from National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (formerly, National Taiwan Institute of Technology), Taipei, Taiwan, in 1982, and his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, U.S.A. in 1987.  Upon his graduation, he joined National Tsing Hua University, Hsin-Chu, Taiwan, where he established the THEDA Group (Tsing Hua EDA), served as Director of the University Computer and Communication Center, Chairman of the Department of Computer Science, Secretariat General of the University, Chief Librarian of the University Library, and the Dean of Research & Development.  He is also an adjunct professor of Peking University, Beijing and a guest professor of Waseda University, Japan.

Between 1977-1979, Dr. Lin was in military service with Chung Cheng Armed Forces Preparatory School as a Second Lieutenant. In 1979-1980, he was with Taiwan Cement Corp. as a field instrument engineer. In 1981-1983, he was with the Atomic Power Division of Taiwan Power Corp. as a mini-computer system administrator and database AP developer. In 1984-1987, he was a research assistant with the Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA. In 1998-1999, on sabbatical leave from Tsing Hua, he co-founded Global UniChip Corp., a SOC Design Foundry, serving as its Chief Technical Advisor. Between 2001 and 2003, he took a leave-of-absence from Tsing Hua working for UniChip as its Chief Technical Officer and Executive Vice President.

Professor Lin's primary research interest is in computer-aided design (CAD) of very large-scale integrated circuits (VLSI) with emphasis on physical design automation, high-level synthesis, and VLSI design for video coding.  He co-authored the book "High Level Synthesis -- Introduction to Chip and System Design." He edited the book "Essential Issues in SOC Design." He also spend great effort in promoting the VLSI design and CAD education in Taiwan. His current research focus is on design technology for System-on-a-Chips (SOC) targeted towards multimedia applications.

He has served on program committee, organizing committee, steering committee, and executive committee for several conferences and workshops on various aspects of CAD including the Design Automation Conference(DAC), the International Conference on CAD(ICCAD), the Asia South-Pacific Conference on Design Automation(ASP-DAC), the Design, Automation, & Test of Europe (DATE) Conference, the Asia Pacific Conference on Hardware Description Languages(APCHDL), the workshop on Synthesis And System Integration of MIxed technology(SASIMI), the International Symposium on System Synthesis(ISSS), the International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD), the ACM Embedded Software Conference (EMSOFT), the International Symposium on VLSI Design, Automation and Test (VLSI-DAT), the International SOC Conference (ISOCC), and the VLSI/CAD Symposium of Taiwan. Professor Lin has also served on the editorial boards of the ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems (TODAES) , the ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems (TECS) , Journal of the Chinese Engineering Society, and the Journal of Information Science and Engineering (JISE) .

Dr. Lin has been a consultant to the Institute for Information Industry (III), the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), the Electronic Research and Service Organization (ERSO), and the Computer and Communication research Laboratory (CCL). He is an advisor of the Science and Technology Advisory Office, Ministry of Education, R.O.C., in charge of VLSI design education program, and a co-PI of the Chip and System Implementation Center (CIC) program of the National Science Council (NSC), R.O.C. He also served on Intel's Asia-Pacific Advisory Board and advisory boards of several EDA and consumer electronics startups. He is an independent board member of Etron Technology Inc.

Professor Lin received a national fellowship for studying abroad from the Ministry of Education, R.O.C. in 1983, co-received the Outstanding Young Author Award from the IEEE Circuit and System Society in 1990, the Outstanding Design Award from the ASP-DAC University LSI Design Contest in 2000, and received the Highest-Honored Research Award from the NSC three consecutive times in 1992, 1994, and 1996. He has been an NSC research fellow since 1998.  In 2007, he received the first  Industrial Contribution Award from the Ministry of Economics Affairs, R.O.C. , for his impact on Taiwan IC design industry.

Dr. Lin is a senior member of the IEEE, the IEEE Computer Society, the IEEE Circuit and System Society, the IEEE Solid State Circuit Society, and the Association for Computing Machinery. He is a board member of the Taiwan IC Design Society.  He is elected the president of Taiwan Integrated Circuit Design Society (TICD) for 2005-06. He is a nation-certified electrical engineer.