Professor Pai H. Chou


Pai H. Chou is a Professor (emeritus) in Computer Engineering at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), with a former joint appointment with the Department of Computer Science (CS) at the University of California, Irvine, CA USA.


He received his Bachelor’s degree (AB) with honors in Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley (1990); MS in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) from the University of Washington (1993), and Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) from the University of Washington (1998), under Prof. Gaetano Borriello.


He joined UC Irvine as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE, later renamed EECS) since July 1999. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2006, and to Professor in 2012. He became emeritus effective July 2017.

He worked on the IMPACCT system-level power optimizer tool and the B# battery emulator. Since 2003, he has built a number of wireless sensor platforms, energy harvesting systems, and applications, including DuraNode and DuraMote for civil engineering, and the ultra-compact Eco wireless sensor node for wearable motion monitoring. He received the NSF CAREER Award in 2005 for his work on wireless embedded sensing systems. He received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research in 2005.
His effort since 2011 has been focused on medical applications.


He has served on the Technical Program Commitee for numerous conferences on EDA, embedded systems, sensor networks, and low power design. He served as program co-chair for the International Conference on Hardware/Software Co-Design and System Synthesis (Codes+ISSS) 2003 in Newport Beach, California, General Co-Chair for Codes+ISSS 2004 in Stockholm, Sweden; Program Co-Chair for the International Symposium on Low-Power Electronics and Design (ISLPED) 2012 in Redondo Beach, California, and General Co-Chair for ISLPED 2013 to take place in Beijing, China. He is a member of ACM and IEEE.


Most recently he is involved in a startup company in Southern California making medical devices.

Before joining UC Irvine, he was a co-founder of Consystant Design Technologies, a maker of advanced system-level design tool partially based on the hardware/software co-synthesis tools (Chinook), for which he was a contributor.

His other experiences included a developer of a Verilog simulator module for Capilano Computing’s DesignWorks in 1994-1995, and a developer of a multi-level cache simulator for the Pentium architecture group in 1989.