Prof. David Lilja Receives BenchCouncil Achievement Award

Prof. David Lilja has been recognized with the BenchCouncil Achievement Award by the International Open Benchmark Council. The award recognizes a senior researcher for their long-term contributions to benchmarking, measuring, and optimizing computer performance. The award citation for Prof. Lilja reads, for contributions to “summarizing practical methods of measurement, simulation and analytical modeling,” “proposing MinneSPEC for simulation-based computer architecture research,” and “exploiting hardware-software interactions and architecture-circuit interactions to improve system performance.”

Prof. Lilja’s research interests focus on computer architecture, high-performance parallel computing, computer systems performance analysis, approximate computing, and storage systems. His team of researchers is particularly focused on the interaction of software and compilers with computer architecture, and the interaction of computer architecture and circuits.

Besides being a faculty member in ECE, Lilja also serves on the graduate faculties of Computer Science, Scientific Computation, and Data Science. He has chaired and served on the program committees of numerous conferences, and was a distinguished visitor of the IEEE Computer Society. He was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for contributions to the statistical analysis of computer performance. He also is a member of the ACM, and is a registered Professional Engineer.

Lilja was a recipient of a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award to visit the University of Western Australia, was a visiting Professor at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, and was awarded a McKnight Land-Grant Professorship by the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota.

Prof. Lilja accepted the BenchCouncil Achievement Award on Nov. 15, 2020, at the virtual meeting of the 2020 BenchCouncil International Symposium on Benchmarking, Measuring, and Optimizing (Bench’20).

International Open Benchmark Council (BenchCouncil) is a non-profit research institute which aims to promote the standardization, benchmarking, evaluation, incubation, and promotion of open-source chip, AI, and Big Data techniques.