principal investigator

Jason Anderson is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto, where he holds the Jeffrey Skoll Endowed Chair in Software Engineering, and is Chair of the Computer Engineering Research Group. His research interests pertain to programmable digital systems, particuarly, design methodologies, architectures and circuits for field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).

Dr. Anderson has received seven ECE departmental teaching awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016). In 2014, he received the Ontario Early Researcher Award from the Ministry of Research and Innovation. In 2013, he received the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Early Career Teaching Award. He has received four Best Paper Awards at international symposia. His research group received the Community Award at FPL 2014 "for contributions to open-source high-level synthesis", and he delivered a keynote talk on high-level synthesis, at the 2016 IEEE Int'l Conference on Field-Programmable Technology, held at Xi'an, China. He is an inventor on 27 U.S. patents, and he has co-authored over 80 research papers in refereed international journals and symposia, and 3 book chapters.

Prior to joining the university, Prof. Anderson spent 10 years at Xilinx, Inc., in California and Toronto, where he worked on the research and development (R&D) of automated synthesis tools and flows for Xilinx field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). In 2000, he received the Xilinx Ross Freeman Award for Technical Innovation: the top innovation award given by Xilinx. Prior to joining the UofT, he was a Principal Engineer and Manager at Xilinx, leading an R&D group with emphasis on improving tool run-time, FPGA speed, area and power-efficiency.

Jason was Program Co-Chair for the 2012 IEEE Int'l Conference on Field-Programmable Technology (FPT) held at Seoul, Korea. He was General Chair for the 2015 IEEE Int'l Symposium on Application-Specific Systems, Architectures, and Processors (ASAP) in Toronto, and Track Chair (Architectures and Technology) for the 2015 Int'l Conference on Field-Programmable Logic and Applications (FPL). He was Program Co-Chair for FPL 2016 held at Lausanne, Switzerland and the Program Chair for FPGA 2017 held at Monterey, CA. He is an Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems (TODAES) and an Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on Reconfigurable Technology and Systems (TRETS). In his sabbatical year from 2014-2015, he was a visiting scholar at the Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London, UK, and also at the Dept. of Computer and Communications Engineering at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan as a Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

Prof. Anderson is a co-founder and Chief Scientific Advisor of LegUp Computing Inc., a Toronto-based start-up spawned from his group's research at the University of Toronto. The start-up was co-founded by his former graduate students, Dr. Andrew Canis, Dr. James Choi, and Lanny Lian.

Jason did his graduate work (Ph.D. and M.A.Sc.) at the University of Toronto, and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Manitoba. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) in the Province of Ontario, and is a member of the IEEE and the ACM.

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