Xiaobo Sharon Hu

Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

CENTER: Extremely Energy Efficient Collective Electronics (EXCEL)


Co-funded by the Semiconductor Research Corporation Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (E2CDA-NRI) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), the EXCEL Center is one of six cross-disciplinary, collaborative research efforts aimed at establishing a revolutionary and sustainable general-purpose computing paradigm. Led by the University of Notre Dame, EXCEL explores the demonstration of a computing platform that leverages emerging devices and dynamical systems to execute optimization, learning and inference tasks in a collective, cooperative and scalable way to transcend the current energy efficiency wall by 3 orders of magnitude. This program will facilitate direct collaborative research 'from materials to architecture' using a holistic view, driven by a common set of goals and metrics. The ultimate goal is to create a revolutionary, highly-efficient, general purpose computing platform with neuro-inspired cognitive and learning abilities, which will be required to address the vast range of future data types and workloads. The research is led by 13 Principal Investigators from six universities.


Professor Hu's research spans several areas including hardware-software co-design, real-time embedded systems, low-power system design, and computer-aided treatment planning. An underlying characteristic common to these topics is the employment of algorithm design and analysis techniques to solve problems arising from real-world applications. She has published a number of papers in these areas and obtained a variety of research grants from both federal and private industry sources.

Professor Xiaobo Sharon Hu received her B.S. degree from Tianjin University, China; M.S. degree from Polytechnic University of New York; and Ph.D. degree from Purdue University. She worked for General Motors Research Labs for almost 4 years before she started her academic career. Between 1993 and 1996, she was an assistant professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Western Michigan University.  At the University of Notre Dame, Professor Hu had been the Director of Graduate Studies for 10 years in the department of Computer Science and Engineering and was Senior Assistant Provost for ND International between 2012-2013.