About me

I am a Senior R&D Engineer at Synopsys Inc. working with the Custom Design and Physical Verification Group. I received my PhD in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department from the University of Texas at Austin under the supervision of Prof. David Z. Pan @ UTDA research group.

My research is mainly focused on machine learning and its applications in VLSI CAD, autonomous system validation, and medical data analytics.

I serve as the president of Kaffi, a nonprofit organization that aims to support the education of Lebanese students abroad.


  • 11/2022: I will serve as a Technical Program Committee member @ DAC'23.

  • 11/2022: My co-authored book chapter, "CAD for Analog/Mixed‐Signal Integrated Circuits," is published in Advances in Semiconductor Technologies: Selected Topics Beyond Conventional CMOS, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

  • 10/2021: Our Work, "DREAMPlaceFPGA: an open-source analytical placer for large scale heterogeneous FPGAs using deep-learning toolkit," is accepted at IEEE ASPDAC 2022!

  • 07/2021: Our Work, ADAPT: An Adaptive Machine Learning Framework with Application to Lithography Hotspot Detectionis accepted at IEEE MLCAD 2021!

  • 07/2021: My co-authored article "An Efficient Automatic Structure Design Method of Silicon on Insulator Lateral Power Device Considering RESURF Constraint" is accepted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices.

  • 01/2021: I joined Synopsys as a Senior R&D Engineer!

  • 11/2020: I successfully defended my PhD dissertation "Machine Learning for VLSI Computer Aided Design"!

Honors & Awards

  • 2020: Best Paper Award, International Symposium on Physical Design

  • 2019: Best Paper Award Nomination, Design Automation Conference (DAC)

  • 2014: High Distinction, American University of Beirut


B.E. in Electrical and Computer Engineering


M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering


Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering


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