Yichi Zhang

Ph.D. Student
Department of Electrical and Computer Enginnering
Cornell University
Email yz2499 AT cornell DOT edu
Office Rhodes Hall 471D, Ithaca, NY, 14853


I am a third year Ph.D. student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University. I am a member of the Cornell Computer Systems Lab, advised by Professor Zhiru Zhang. My research interests include hardware-aware algorithmic techniques for high-performance machine learning. My work builds towards using these techniques to construct emerging perception and learning systems on the edge.

I received my bachelor's degree from ShanghaiTech University in 2018.



Publications
Yichi Zhang, Junhao Pan, Xinheng Liu, Hongzheng Chen, Deming Chen, Zhiru Zhang
FracBNN: Accurate and FPGA-Efficient Binary Neural Networks with Fractional Activations
International Symposium on Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA), 2021
Best Paper Nominee
Shubham Rai, Walter Lau Neto, Yukio Miyasaka, Xinpei Zhang, et. al.
Logic Synthesis Meets Machine Learning: Trading Exactness for Generalization
Special Session at Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference (DATE), 2021
Yichi Zhang, Ritchie Zhao, Weizhe Hua, Nayun Xu, G. Edward Suh, Zhiru Zhang
Precision Gating: Improving Neural Network Efficiency with Dynamic Dual-Precision Activations
International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR), 2020

Experience
Research Intern
Work with Dr. Łukasz Lew and Dr. Oleg Rybakov
Google Research • Cerebra Team, May-Aug, 2021
Machine Learning in Logic Synthesis
Yuan Zhou, Jordon Dotzel, Yichi Zhang
29th Int’l Workshop on Logic and Synthesis (IWLS) Programming Contest, July, 2020
Top-3 winning team