Vivienne Sze received the B.A.Sc. (Hons) degree in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, in 2004, and the S.M. and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, in 2006 and 2010 respectively. She received the Jin-Au Kong Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Prize in electrical engineering at MIT in 2011.
Since August 2013, she has been with MIT as an Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. Her research interests include energy-efficient algorithms and architectures for portable multimedia applications. From September 2010 to July 2013, she was a Member of Technical Staff in the Systems and Applications R&D Center at Texas Instruments (TI), Dallas, TX, where she designed low-power algorithms and architectures for video coding. She also represented TI at the international JCT-VC standardization body developing HEVC, the latest video coding standard. Within the committee, she was the primary coordinator of the core experiment on coefficient scanning and coding.
She was a recipient of the 2016 Google Faculty Research Award, the 2016 MICRO Top Picks Award, the 2016 AFOSR Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) Award, the 2016 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, the 2014 DARPA Young Faculty Award, the 2007 DAC/ISSCC Student Design Contest Award and a co-recipient of the 2008 A-SSCC Outstanding Design Award. She received the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Julie Payette fellowship in 2004, the NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships in 2005 and 2007, and the Texas Instruments Graduate Woman's Fellowship for Leadership in Microelectronics in 2008. In 2012, she was selected by IEEE-USA as one of the "New Faces of Engineering".