Anh T. Tran, Ph.D.
VCL Lab - ECE Department
University of California - Davis

Office: VCL Lab, R. 2211, Kemper Hall
Phone: (530) 400-3537
Email: anh.t.tran (at) ieee (dot) org

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ASIC/FPGA design and implementation
Computer architectures
Low power digital circuit design
On-chip interconnection networks


Dr. Anh Tran (Trần Thiên Ánh in Vietnamese) is now a Lead Hardware R&D Engineer at Cavium Inc, where he is developing ASICs for next-generation switches targeting data center and enterprise networks. Before Cavium, he joined Xpliant Inc, an early-stage startup in Silicon Valley in 2012, right after receiving his PhD degree from UC Davis. Xpliant got acquired by Cavium in 2014.

At UC Davis, he conducted his research in the VLSI Computation Laboratory, ECE Department, under the advice of Professor Bevan Baas. Before working at UC Davis as a PhD student, he was a leader of the Electronics & Telecoms Research Team in the R&D Group, Saigon Posts and Telecoms Corporation. Dr. Tran received his B.S degree from the Posts and Telecoms Institute of Technology (PTIT) HCMC Vietnam in 2003 and his M.S. degree from UC Davis in 2009, both in Electrical Engineering.

Dr. Tran has received several awards including a First Prize in the Vietnamese National Mathematical Olympiad in 2000, a VEF Graduate Fellowship in 2006, a Graduate Summer Research Award from the UC Davis's Dean of Graduate Studies in 2010, a Best Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Computer Design (ICCD) in 2011, and a Best Doctoral Dissertation Honorable Mention from the UC Davis' College of Engineering in 2013.

Major Milestones

Oct 2014: became a Lead Hardware R&D Engineer at Cavium Inc, after Xpliant got acquired by Cavium
Mar 2013: received the Best PhD Dissertation Honorable Mention from UC Davis
Sep 2012: joined Xpliant Inc. as a Senior ASIC Research Engineer, working on SDN ICs
Aug 2012: defensed his PhD dissertation
Oct 2011: received the Best Paper Award at IEEE ICCD 2011 in Amherst, Massachusetts
Sep 2009: defensed his MS research proposal
Jun 2009: got invited to submit a paper to the Sepecial Session on NoCs in IEEE TCAD journal, after presented at IEEE NOCS 2009 in San Diego
Juy 2007: joined the VCL research lab directed by Prof. Bevan Baas
Sep 2006: received a VEF fellowship to pursue his graduate study at UC Davis

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