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Benjamin Carrion Schaefer

Assistant Professor
ECSN 4.510
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 West Campbell Road
Richardson, TX 75080, USA Phone: 972-883-4531
Mailstop: EC33

Design Automation and Reconfigurable Computing (DARClab), ECSN 3.304

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Benjamin Carrion Schaefer

Assistant Professor


MBA, McGill University, Canada (2012)
PhD, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Birmingham, UK (2003)


Dr. Carrion Schaefer completed his Ph.D. at the University of Birmingham, U.K. in 2003. He then worked in the Computer Science Department at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) as a Postdoctoral Researcher from 2003 to 2004 and joined the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Seoul National University, Korea, as a Visiting Research Scholar from 2005 to 2007. From 2007 until September 2012, he was a researcher at the EDA design methodology group at NEC's central research laboratory in Japan. He then became a faculty member at the Department of Electronic and Information Engineering (EIE) at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where he established the Design Automation and Reconfigurable Computing Laboratory (DARClab). Since 2016 he is an assistant professor at UT Dallas's Department of Electrical Engineering.

Dr. Carrion Schafer has been engaged in the research and development of VLSI systems, reconfigurable computing, thermal-aware VLSI design and High Level Synthesis (HLS). He has published over 30 publications as first author in international scientific journals, conferences and books. He serves on the TPC of most EDA and FPGA conferences including ASP-DAC, DAC, DATE, CASES, ESLSyn, FPL and RECONFIG. He was also a member of Accellera's SystemC synthesizable user group committee, leading the effort to standardize a synthesizable subset of SystemC. He holds an MBA from McGill University

Research/Teaching Interests

Reconfigurable Computing, FPGAs, Electronic Design Automation (EDA), High-Level Synthesis, VLSI design