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Dr. Sharad Malik

Current Position

Chair, Department of Electrical Engineering,

Princeton University

Academic Advisory Board, Plaksha University


UC Berkeley (Ph.D. Computer Science) 

IIT Delhi (B.Tech. Electrical Engineering)


Sharad is the Director of the Gigascale Systems Research Center (GSRC), one of six centers that comprise the Focus Center Research Program (FCRP), a joint industry-government initiative. GSRC is addressing the chip-scale system design challenges with an eight- to 12-year horizon. His consulting activities include AT&T Bell Labs, NEC, Synopsys and Monterey Design Systems. Sharad also serves as a Member of Technical Advisory Board of QUALCOMM Flarion Technologies. and NVXL Technology, Inc.

Research Areas

Computing & Networking

Integrated Circuits & Systems

Security & Privacy

Selected Publications

“Instruction-Level Abstraction (ILA): A Uniform Specification for System-on-Chip (SoC) Verification,” (with B-Y. Huang, H. Zhang, P. Subramanyan, Y. Vizel, and A. Gupta), ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems (TODAES), 24(1): 10:1-10:24 (2019)

“ Integrating Memory Consistency Models with Instruction-Level Abstraction for Heterogeneous System-on-Chip Verification,” with H. Zhang, C. Trippel, Y Manerkar, A. Gupta, and M Martonosi, Formal Methods in Computer-Aided Design (FMCAD), 2018

Propositional SAT Solving, in Handbook of Model Checking (with J. Marques-Silva) 2018: 247-275

“Reverse Engineering Digital Circuits Using Structural and Functional Analyses,” (with P. Subramanyan, N. Tsiskaridze, W. Li, A. Gascon, W. Y. Tan, A. Tiwari, N. Shankar, S. Seshia), IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing, vol.2, no.1, pp.63-80, March 2014

“Boolean Satisfiability: From Theoretical Hardness to Practical Success,” (with L. Zhang), Invited Paper, Communications of the ACM, Volume 52, Number 8, August 2009


Intel Corporate Research Council Outstanding Researcher Award (Security and Software Sector), 2018

IEEE CEDA A. Richard Newton Technical Impact Award in Electronic Design Automation, 2017

The IEEE/ACM Design Automation Conference 50th Anniversary Most Cited Paper Award: (with M. W. Moskewicz, C. F. Madigan, Y. Zhao and L. Zhang) For publishing the most cited paper in DAC's 50 year history, 2013

IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design, Ten Year Retrospective Most Influential Paper Award, 2011

Computer-Aided Verification (CAV) Award for fundamental contributions to the development of high-performance Boolean satisfiability solvers, 2009

Princeton University President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2009