University Honors Top Jonsson School Mentor, Dissertation And Thesis

Amidst the pomp and circumstance of end-of-year commencement activities, a number of faculty, staff and students were honored for their contributions to academic excellence, student education and community involvement.

“We are proud to honor just a few of those who help make The University of Texas at Dallas one of the top universities in the country,” said Dr. Inga Musselman, UT Dallas provost, vice president for academic affairs and the Cecil H. Green Distinguished Chair of Academic Leadership. “There is a strong commitment here to academic and community excellence.”

David Daniel Thesis Award
Gaurav Rajavendra Reddy PhD’20
Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
Machine Learning-Based Hotspot Detection: Fallacies, Pitfalls and Marching Orders
Research Mentor: Dr. Yiorgos Makris

Gaurav Rajavendra Reddy PhD’20 currently holds a research and development position at Intel Corp. in Oregon, where he is pursuing his passion to work with cutting-edge semiconductor technologies. His research interests include applications of machine learning in computer-aided design and design for manufacturability. Reddy holds two U.S. patents, has several publications in reputed conferences and journals and received numerous awards during his doctoral studies.

His dissertation titled “Machine Learning-Based Hotspot Detection: Fallacies, Pitfalls and Marching Orders” focused on a better understanding of the interaction between integrated circuit design and semiconductor manufacturing processes, with the objective of identifying weaknesses caused by this interaction, also referred to as hotspots. While pursuing his PhD, Reddy developed an array of solutions in this area which have redefined hotspot detection. His seminal contribution was presented at the 2019 International Conference on Computer-Aided Design.

Reddy received a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Visvesvaraya Technological University Belgaum, India, in 2013. He earned his MS and PhD degrees from UT Dallas in 2019 and 2020, respectively. He also worked as a post-silicon validation engineer at Tessolve in India between 2013 and 2014.

A version of this story ran in News Center.