Hai (Helen) Li

Hans Fischer Fellow

Duke University

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Prof. Ulf Schlichtmann

Focus Group

Short CV

Hai (Helen) Li received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, and the Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA, in 2004. She is currently a Clare Boothe Luce Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University, Durham, NC, USA. She was with Qualcomm Inc., San Diego, CA, USA, Intel Corporation, Santa Clara, CA, Seagate Technology, Bloomington, MN, USA, the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, Brooklyn, NY, USA, and the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. She has authored or co-authored over 190 technical papers published in peer-reviewed journals and conferences and holds 76 granted U.S. patents. She authored a book entitled Nonvolatile Memory Design: Magnetic, Resistive, and Phase Changing (CRC Press, 2011). Her current research interests include memory design and architecture, neuromorphic architecture for brain-inspired computing systems, and architecture/circuit/device cross-layer optimization for low power and high performance. Dr. Li serves as an Associate Editor of IEEE TVLSI, TCAD, TMSCS, TECS, CEM, ACM TODAES, and the IET CPS. She has served as technical program committee members for over 20 international conference series. She was a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award in 2012, the DARPA YFA Award in 2013, and TUM-IAS Hans Fisher Fellowship in 2017.


2013 Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award (YFA)

2012 National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Program

2011,2015 Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Program Award (AF-SFFP), AFRL/RITC, Rome, NY

2013 Air Force Visiting Faculty Research Program (VFRP) Fellowship, AFRL/RIB, Rome, NY

Best Paper Awards of ASPDAC'17, ASPDAC'15, ISVLSI'14, GLSVLSI'13, ISLPED'10, and ISQED'08

Research Area

  • Brain-inspired computing systems, neuromorphic design
  • Memory design and architecture based on conventional and emerging technologies
  • Device/circuit/architecture co-design for low power and high performance

Selected Publications

  • Hu, Miao; Li, Hai; Chen, Yiran; Wu, Qing; Rose, Garrett S.; Linderman, Richard W.: Memristor Crossbar-Based Neuromorphic Computing System: A Case Study. IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems 25 (10), 2014, 1864-1878 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Chen, Yiran; Li, Hai; Wang, Xiaobin; Zhu, Wenzhong; Xu, Wei; Zhang, Tong: A 130 nm 1.2 V/3.3 V 16 Kb Spin-Transfer Torque Random Access Memory With Nondestructive Self-Reference Sensing Scheme. IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits 47 (2), 2012, 560-573 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Xiaobin Wang; Yiran Chen; Haiwen Xi; Hai Li; Dimitrov, D.: Spintronic Memristor Through Spin-Torque-Induced Magnetization Motion. IEEE Electron Device Letters 30 (3), 2009, 294-297 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )