Massoud Pedram

Massoud Pedram (Persian: مسعود پدرام) (born in Ahvaz) is an Iranian American computer engineer noted for his research in green computing, energy storage systems, low-power electronics and design, electronic design automation and quantum computing.[1] In the early 1990s, Pedram pioneered an approach to designing VLSI circuits that considered physical effects during logic synthesis. He named this approach layout-driven logic synthesis, which was subsequently called physical synthesis and incorporated into the standard EDA design flows.[2] Pedram's early work on this subject became a significant prior art reference in a litigation between Synopsys Inc. and Magma Design Automation.[3]

Massoud Pedram
Ahvaz, Iran
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materCalifornia Institute of Technology
University of California, Berkeley
Occupation(s)Stephen and Etta Varra Professor of Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of Southern California of University of Southern California
Known forPower optimization (EDA)
AwardsPECASE (1996)
IEEE Fellow (2001)
ACM Distinguished Scientist (2008)
IEEE CAS Charles A. Desoer Technical Achievement Award (2015)
Scientific career
FieldsComputer Engineering
InstitutionsUniversity of Southern California
ThesisAn Integrated Approach to Logic Synthesis and Physical Design (1991)
Doctoral advisorErnest S. Kuh


Massoud Pedram was born in Ahvaz, Khuzestan, Iran. He came to the United States to continue his higher education in 1983. He received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1986 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer sciences (EECS) from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989 and 1991, respectively. The EECS department of University of California, Berkeley, listed him as one of her distinguished alumni.[4]

Pedram then joined the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering in Viterbi School of Engineering of the University of Southern California, where he is currently the Stephen and Etta Varra Professor.[5][6] Some of his doctoral students, including Diana Marculescu, Radu Marculescu and Payam Heydari have become notable academics.

Professional servicesEdit

Pedram has served on the technical program committee of a number of conferences, including the Design Automation Conference (DAC), Design, Automation & Test in Europe (DATE), Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASP-DAC), International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD), and International Conference on Hardware/Software Codesign and System Synthesis (CODES+ISSS). He served as the technical program chair and the general chair of the 2002 [7][8] and 2003 [9] International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD) and the general chair of the 2007 International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED).[10] He served as the inaugural editor-in-chief (EiC) of the IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics in Circuits and Systems (JETCAS).[11] He also served as the EiC of the ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems (TODAES).[12] Pedram served as the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Vice President (Publications) in 2006.[13]

Pedram co-founded and served as the general co-chair of the first ACM International Workshop on Low Power Design in 1994.[14] When this workshop merged with the IEEE Workshop on Low Power Electronics in 1996, Pedram served as a co-founder and the technical co-chair of the first International Symposium on Low Power Electronics and Design (ISLPED).[15]

Pedram has been on the advisory board of several companies, including Atrenta Inc.,[16] Envis Corp,[17] and Magma Design Automation.[18]


Pedram's awards and recognition have included:

Additionally, Pedram was an ACM Distinguished Speaker.[28] He has been granted 10 US patents.[29] He was one of ten principal investigators from academia in the United States who were selected by DARPA to fund for the Power Efficiency Revolution for Embedded Computing Technologies (PERFECT) program.[30][31]


Pedram has published four books, 13 book chapters, and more than 560 journal and conference papers.[32] According to Google Scholar,[33] his research have been cited more than 17,800 times till 2015. His publications have received a number of awards including two DAC Best Paper Awards,[34][35] a Distinguished Paper Citation from ICCAD, three ICCD Best Paper Awards, two IEEE Transactions Best Paper Awards,[36][37] and an ISLPED best paper award.[38] At the 50th anniversary of the Design Automation Conference held in 2013, Pedram was recognized as one of the four DAC Prolific Authors (with 50+ papers) and the DAC Bronze Cited Author.[39]


  • Pedram, Massoud; Rabaey, Jan, eds. (June 2002). Power Aware Design Methodologies. Springer Press. p. 521. ISBN 978-1402071522.
  • Chang, Jui-Ming; Pedram, Massoud (June 1999). Power Optimization and Synthesis at Behavioral and System Levels Using Formal Methods. Springer Press. p. 167. ISBN 978-1461373681.
  • Iman, Sasan; Pedram, Massoud (November 1997). Logic Synthesis for Low Power VLSI Designs. Springer Press. p. 236. ISBN 978-0792380764.
  • Rabaey, Jan; Pedram, Massoud (November 1995). Low Power Design Methodologies. Springer Press. p. 367. ISBN 978-0792396307.


  1. ^ "IBM News room - 2002-01-10 Austin Research Lab Hosts First Conference on Energy Efficient Design - United States". Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  2. ^ Lavagno, Luciano; Scheffer, Louis; Martin, Grant, eds. (2006). EDA for IC Implementation, Circuit Design, and Process Technology. CRC Press. pp. 2–14, 2–25. ISBN 978-0849379246.
  3. ^ "Magma Files Additional Request for Re-Examination of Synopsys Patent | Business Wire" (Press release). Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Distinguished Alumni - Electrical Engineering | EECS at UC Berkeley". Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  5. ^ "USC Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering - Massoud Pedram". Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Named Chairs and Professorships". Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  7. ^ "ISPD 2002 - Advance program". Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Physical design needs an overhaul, speakers say | EE Times". Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  9. ^ "ISPD 2003 - Final Program". Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Welcome Notes". 8th International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED'07). 2007. pp. xvii–xviii. doi:10.1109/ISQED.2007.171. ISBN 978-0-7695-2795-6. S2CID 227275413.
  11. ^ Pedram, Massoud; Delgado-Restituto, Manuel; Macii, Enrico; Setti, Gianluca (2011). "Inaugural Editorial". IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics in Circuits and Systems. 1 (1): 1. Bibcode:2011IJEST...1....1P. doi:10.1109/JETCAS.2011.2144490.
  12. ^ "ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems". Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  13. ^ "Officer History | IEEE Circuits and Systems Society". Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  14. ^ Pedram, Massoud; Preas, Bryan (1994). "1994 International Workshop on Low Power Design". ACM SIGDA Newsletter. 24 (1–2): 40–46. doi:10.1145/190665.190668. S2CID 11794910.
  15. ^ "Low Power Electronics and Design, 1996., International Symposium on". doi:10.1109/LPE.1996.542722. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  16. ^ "Atrenta TAB: Technical Advisory Board Atrenta". Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  17. ^ "Envis Corporation Adds Professors Brayton and Pedram To Its Technical Advisory Board | Reuters". Reuters. Archived from the original on 10 March 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  18. ^ "Founder of Ambit and LogicVision Launches Magma Design Automation, Inc.; Start-Up to Deliver Physical Design Automation Technology for Next-Generation Chips. -Free Online Library". Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  19. ^ "NSF Award Search: Award#9211668 - RIA: Combined Logic Synthesis and Physical Design". Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  20. ^ "NSF Award Search: Award#9457392 - NSF Young Investigator: Low Power VLSI Design". Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  21. ^ "Summary of Awards- Fiscal Year 1996" (PDF). Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  22. ^ "NSF Award Search: Award#9628999 - Presidential Faculty Fellows/Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PFF/PECASE): Power Estimation and Optimization in IC Design". Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  23. ^ "Twenty NSF-Nominated Scientists and Engineers Receive Top Presidential Honor". Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  24. ^ "National Science Foundation Early Career Awards". Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  25. ^ "38th DAC Awards" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  26. ^ "ACM Distinguished Member". Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  27. ^ "IEEE CAS Recognitions". Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  28. ^ "ACM Distinguished Speakers Program :: All Lectures". Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  29. ^ "Google Advanced Patent Search". Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  30. ^ "DARPA to fund prof research | Daily Trojan". 30 April 2013. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  31. ^ "Information Sciences Institute - USC Viterbi Leads the Way at the DARPA "Perfect Program"". Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  32. ^ "Publications for Prof. Pedram". Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  33. ^ "Massoud Pedram - Google Scholar Citations". Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  34. ^ "The 33rd Design Automation Conference - Best Paper Awards" (PDF). Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  35. ^ "The 42nd Design Automation Conference - Best Paper Awards" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 April 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  36. ^ "CAS Society Awards". Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  37. ^ "VLSI Transactions – Best Paper Award | IEEE Circuits and Systems Society". Archived from the original on 14 March 2016. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  38. ^ "ISLPED 2014- Conference Program" (PDF). Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  39. ^ "DAC - DAC 2013 - 50th Celebration Events - 50th Anniversary Banquet". Retrieved 12 March 2014.

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