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Peiyi Zhao, Ph.d


Associate Professor,  


 School of Computational Science,

 Schmid College of Science

 Chapman University


Phone:714 744 7804
Fax:    714 628 7340
Email: zhao at chapman dot edu





         1. Promoted to Associate Professor and awarded tenure.

         2. Rewarded a grant, NSFC 61228105 , 2012-2014, Join research fund for overseas Chinese scholars from National Natural Science Foundation of China in August, 2012.


1. Invited talk and session chair at IEEE International Conference on Solid-State and Integrated Circuit Technology (ICSICT-2010), Shanghai, China, November 1-4, 2010.

2. Received the Achievement Award for Excellence in Scholarly/ Creative Activity, Chapman University, May, 2010

3. Two diagrams of my low power VLSI designs have been included in VLSI textbook, CMOS VLSI Design, by N.Weste,David Harris, Fourth edition, March  2010.

: 1. Research presentation: Tsinghua University(top science and engineering school in China), Beijing:
          “Low Power Double Edge Flip flop”
          2.  Faculty Forum of Chapman University
          Green Computing:
Reducing the environmental and economic impact of energy consumption

2007: Undergraduate student was involved with a peer reviewed journal publication in Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
          One student was recruited by integrated circuit design corporation in Southern California.

2006: Paper cited by researchers in System on Chip Center, Toshiba Corporation (cited in IEEE Transaction on VLSI).

          Reviewer of text book: “Digital Design and Computer Architecture” by David Harris, Sarah Harris.

2005: Two previous students in my research project were recruited by Intel.

Lab Tools, Resource, Skills:The
Chapman ICD Laboratory is equipped with up to date equipment and facilities to support the classroom curriculum. Each computer science class includes one or more projects that allow students to demonstrate their skills. We are especially thankful for of the design tools we have acquired to support the integrated circuit design classes and the senior project.

        Robot, FPGA, microcontroller


       Lego Mindstorms NXT, using C-like programming language

       Xilinx Spartan 3E, Virtux II, using Verilog programming language

       Microcontroller: Atmel STK 500

        IC Design Tools




       MicroMagic VLSI tool

       Magic VLSI Layout Tool



       Waveform Generator


       Digital Analyzer



        Special Equipment

       Sensors: Light, Pressure, Temperature

       Sun Blade Server


       Resistors, Capacitors



        Troubleshooting Design


       Breakdown Large Problems to Small Ones,

       Isolate the Problem,

       Create/Use the Test Bench

       Identify and Correct Errors

       Check Message/Solution In Data Base, Help Manual, Ask Specialist Questions, Check Tutorial, FAQ, User Group, etc.


        Student Projects


       Low Power Research: Low Power Circuits

       Lego Robot

       Microcontroller Related Projects



Lab: Integrated Circuit/Embedded System Design Lab

“The performance of software systems is dramatically affected by how well software designers understand the basic hardware technologies at work in a system. Similarly, hardware designers must understand the far-reaching effects their design decisions have on software applications.” Quote by John Hennessy, President of Stanford University & David Patterson, UC Berkeley, President of ACM. 

Computer Science program in the Chapman University is unique in that it provides an opportunity for student who are interested in how a computer works to learn all the levels of a computer(High level programming, Assembly Language, Operating System, Instruction Set Architecture, Digital Logic, Integrated Circuit).

In the Integrated Circuit Design Lab, we emphasize digital design, embedded system design, and hardware/software co-design techniques. We also conduct research in the area of low power consumption and security.

The Chapman curriculum includes coursework that covers all three basic types of computer chips.

The Computer: A Multi-level Perspective

A computer can be thought of as a multi-level system. The human interface is at the program level. The instructions are carried out at the fundamental integrated circuit level. Chapman’s curriculum is designed to provide a solid foundation of the computer as a multi-level system. Students interested in understanding how a computer really works need to study all the levels