- Fields of study
- IEEE Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award
A circuits and systems design visionary, C.L. Liu reshaped the electronic design automation (EDA) field by providing the tools that make today’s complex integrated circuits possible. EDA tools provide a more efficient and reliable means of creating and testing chips. To overcome the limitations that ad-hoc EDA methods faced as circuit integration became more complex, Prof. Liu pioneered the use of formal, mathematically rigorous tools for design automation. Prof. Liu’s algorithm-based EDA tools paved the way to solving complex design problems with techniques such as dynamic programming, linear programming, and simulated annealing. Prof. Liu is also particularly known for his work in floorplanning algorithms for realistic circuit design as well as scheduling algorithms for real-time tasks.