Bachelor of Computer Science, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China, 2002;
Ph.D. in Computer Science & Technology, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 2007.
Areas of Research Interests/ Research Projects
Design Automation for Microfluidic Biochips, Design Automation for VLSI.
National "He Gao Ji" Major Project: Development of Advanced EDA Platforms (2008-2010).
From August 2007 to August 2009, Dr. Yao worked with Prof. Andrew B. Kahng as a postdoctoral scholar in Department of Computer Science and Engineering, UC San Diego. Since September 2009, he has been working in the Department of Computer Science and technology, Tsinghua University. He has published over 60 research papers, 2 US patents, 10 China patents, and 6 computer software copyrights. Among the publications, there are 11 papers in IEEE/ACM transactions/journals, and more than 10 papers at DAC/ICCAD/ISPD/ASP-DAC (ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference, ACM/IEEE International Conference on Computer-Aided Design, ACM International Symposium on Physical Design, ACM/IEEE Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference, premier conferences in the EDA field). He has received a SASIMI (The International Workshop on Synthesis and System Integration of Mixed Information Technologies) Best Paper Award (1%) in 2016, two Best Paper Award Nominations from ICCAD (1%) in 2006 and 2008, respectively, and an ISQED (IEEE International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design) Best Paper Award Nomination in 2011. Based on his research achievements, Prof. Yao was elevated to Senior Member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) in 2015. He served as member of the Technical Program Committee in important international conferences such as ISPD, DATE, ASP-DAC, DAC Ph.D. Forum, ICCAD SRC, FPT, etc., and served as associate editor in Elsevier Heliyon Journal, guest editor in Microelectronic Journal, etc.
(1) National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC): Flow-Control Co-Design Method for Continuous-Flow Microfluidic Biochips Supporting Dynamic Error Recovery (2017-2020). (PI)
(2) Tsinghua University Initiative Scientific Research Program: Research on Design Automation Methods for Biochips and Development of Demonstrative Chips (2015-2017). (PI)
(3) Doctoral Fund of Ministry of Education of China: Research on Routing Algorithms for Nanometer and Double Patterning Technologies (2012-2014). (PI)
(4) National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC): Research on Layout Optimization and Decomposition Algorithms for Double Patterning Technology (2012-2014). (PI)
(5) National "He Gao Ji" Major Project: Development and Applications of EDA Tools and Systems. (key member) (2011-2013). (Key Member)
(6) National "He Gao Ji" Major Project: Development of Advanced EDA Platforms (2008-2010). (Key Member)
Honors And Awards
ICCAD 2006, 2008: Best Paper Nomination (2006, 2008);
CCF (China Computer Federation) Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis Nomination (2007);
Tsinghua University Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis Award, Second Class (2007).
SASIMI 2016: Best Paper Award
 Qin Wang, Weiqing Ji, Zeyan Li, Haena Cheong, Oh-Sun Kwon, Hailong Yao (Corresponding author), Tsung-Yi Ho, Kwanwoo Shin, Bing Li, Ulf Schlichtmann, Yici Cai, "Integrated Control-Fluidic CoDesign Methodology for Paper-Based Digital Microfluidic Biochips," IEEE Trans. on CAD, CCF A, 2018, in press, online available:https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8624454
 Jiayi Weng, Tsung-Yi Ho, Weiqing Ji, Peng Liu, Mengdi Bao, Hailong Yao (Corresponding author), "URBER: Ultrafast Rule-Based Escape Routing Method for Large-Scale Sample Delivery Biochips," IEEE Trans. on CAD, CCF A, 2018, in press, online available:https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8552446
 Qin Wang, Hao Zou, Hailong Yao (Corresponding author), Tsung-Yi Ho, Robert Wille, Yici Cai, "Physical Co-Design of Flow and Control Layers for Flow-Based Microfluidic Biochips," IEEE Trans. on CAD, CCF A, vol. 37, no. 6, 2018, pp. 1157-1170.
 Kailin Yang, Hailong Yao (Corresponding author), Tsung-Yi Ho, Kunze Xin, Yici Cai, "AARF: Any-Angle Routing for Flow-Based Microfluidic Biochips," IEEE Trans. on CAD, CCF A, vol. 37, no. 12, 2018, pp. 3042-3055.
 Qin Wang, Yue Xu, Shiliang Zuo, Hailong Yao (Corresponding author), Tsung-Yi Ho, Bing Li, Ulf Schlichtmann, Yici Cai, "Pressure-Aware Control Layer Optimization for Flow-Based Microfluidic Biochips," IEEE Trans. on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, vol. 11, no. 6, 2017, pp. 1488-1499.
 Hailong Yao, Qin Wang, Yiren Shen, Tsung-Yi Ho, and Yici Cai, “Integrated Functional and Washing Routing Optimization for Cross-Contamination Removal in Digital Microfluidic Biochips,” IEEE Trans. on CAD, CCF A, vol. 35, no. 8, 2016, pp. 1283-1296.
 Hailong Yao, Qin Wang, Yizhong Ru, Yici Cai, and Tsung-Yi Ho, “Integrated Flow-Control Co-Design Methodology for Flow-Based Microfluidic Biochips,” IEEE Design & Test, vol. 32, no. 6, pp. 60-68, 2015.