Welcome

Fall 2020 virtual office hours: Tues 4-5pm and Thurs 10-11am using ohq.io (search for SEAS 109T).

Academic biography: I am currently the RCA Professor of artificial intelligence at the Computer and Information Science department with a secondary appointment in Electrical and Systems Engineering. I lead the NetDB@Penn research group, where we are working on several exciting projects at the intersection of databases, networking, and formal methods. I am also the director of the distributed systems lab, an inter-disciplinary systems research lab bringing together researchers in networking, distributed systems, and security, and a member of the database group. I am a recipient of the NSF CAREER award (2009), the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Award (2012) and Penn's Emerging Inventor of the year award (2018). My graduated Ph.D. students include four winners of dissertation awards (two Rubinoff, SIGMOD, and SPEC). I received my Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 2006. Prior to my Ph.D, I received my M.S. degree from Stanford University in 2000, and my B.S. degree with highest honors from University of California-Berkeley in 1999. I was awarded the 2006 David J. Sakrison Memorial Prize for the most outstanding dissertation research in the Department of EECS at University of California-Berkeley, and the 2007 ACM SIGMOD Dissertation Award.

Administrative biography: I serve as the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, where I oversee academic and admissions operations in all doctoral, master's and professional programs at the School of Engineering and Applied Science. As Associate Dean, I have launched several new initiatives, including the accelerated master’s program, annual master's students awards, Dean’s master’s fellowship for underrepresented students, MCIT Online (first Ivy League fully online master’s degree program in computer science for non-computer science majors), and technology bootcamps in collaboration with Penn’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies for mid-career professionals in the Philadelphia greater area.

Industry biography: As an entrepreneur, I have co-founded two technology companies that were acquired successfully. In 2015, I co-founded Termaxia, a software-defined storage startup based in Philadelphia. The company was acquired in 2020 by Frontiir, one of the fastest growing technology companies in Southeast-Asia. I currently serve as Frontiir's executive advisor and help establish the Philadelphia R&D center. Previously, I co-founded and led Gencore Systems (Netsil) in 2014, a cloud performance analytics company that spun out of my research team at Penn, commercializing my research group's work on the Scalanytics declarative network analytics platform. The company was acquired in 2018 by Nutanix Inc, a public cloud infrastructure company. I have also published several papers with industry partners (e.g AT&T, HP Labs, Intel, Microsoft, Perspecta Labs, Raytheon BBN) applying research on real-world systems that result in actual production deployment and patents.