Xuan 'Silvia' Zhang, PhD

Associate Professor

Preston M. Green Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering

McKelvey School of Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis

Green Hall, Room 2160A


Professor Zhang’s research interests span the fields of IC design/VLSI, computer architecture, and electronic design automation (EDA). She is especially curious about how to build, miniaturize, and optimize autonomous systems for performance, reliability, security, and energy efficiency, with diverse applications in cyber-physical systems (CPS), Internet of Things (IoT), and autonomous robotics.

Currently, her research group is working to push the technology envelope in the following directions:

  • End-to-end optimization of efficiency, resiliency, and security in autonomous robotic systems
  • Joint learning of circuit/architecture/algorithm between physical and information boundaries
  • Software-defined power delivery for cyber-physical systems and high performance computing

Curriculum Vitae

Google Scholar Profile


Professor Zhang joined the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis in 2015. Previously, she was a postdoctoral fellow in computer science at Harvard University, where she worked on the RoboBee BrainSoC and energy-efficient computing projects. She has worked as a graduate research assistant at Cornell University studying variability-tolerant circuits.

Professor Zhang earned her doctorate in electrical and computer engineering at Cornell University in 2012. She earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Tsinghua University in Beijing in 2006.