I am an assistant professor of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University. I received my doctoral degree at Columbia University where I was advised by Professor Martha Kim. Prior to joining Duke, I was a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley under the sponsorship and advisement of Professor Krste Asanović and the mentorship of Professor David Patterson. In my former life, I was an architect at Intel and then a research scientist at Intel Labs.


I enjoy solving difficult problems surrounding computations with the goal to process large volumes of data efficiently. My research interests include computer architecture and microarchitecture, hardware-software co-designs, accelerators, and emerging application domains ― especially those in big data analytics such as genomics, graphs, and databases. One of my research goals is to greatly simplify the design, deployment, and usage of custom hardware and to leverage this research in hardware acceleration to advance state-of-the-art research in the healthcare domain as well as other natural sciences.

Recent News

Along with Isaac Robson, a master's student at UNC, we will explore how accelerated NLP systems can help with drug discovery and more.

Selected for the Systems for ML Facebook Research AwardProject: "Accelerating and Deploying Natural Language Processing Systems in Data Centers"
Feb 2020

Phyllis is from Houston, TX and she has a B.S. from UT Austin. Her research interests are in computer architecture, AI, and systems.

APEX Lab welcomes its first graduate researcher Phyllis Ang!
Phyllis is a first year CS PhD student at Duke.
Nov 2019

Check out the Chisel Bootcamp hosted at Duke on Friday, September 6!

Register for the event here! Space is limited.

Chisel Bootcamp Sponsored by APEX Lab @ Duke:
Open to Students and Industry Hardware Architects
Sep 2019

Check out the Fall 2019 CS/ECE 590 course website!

New CS/ECE Graduate Course:
Computer Architecture and Hardware Acceleration
Fall 2019

Check out APEX Lab's brand new website!

Started a New Lab:
APEX Lab @ Duke (Application-driven Programmable Efficient Accelerated Systems Lab)
Summer 2019

The CBL Program @ The Henry Luce Foundation

Awarded Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professorship
Summer 2019


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