Spring 2020 office hours: Wednesday 1:30-2pm, Thursday 3-4:30pm (109 Towne).
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 of the Master's and Professional Programs, where I oversee academic and admissions operations in 18 master's programs at the School of Engineering and Applied Science, including our newly launched MCIT Online program. You can learn all about our master's programs on our awesome alumni blog series. Prior to being Associate Dean, I was CIS Master's chair for two years, directing our CIS master's program and overseeing all CIS affiliated master's programs.
Industry biography: I actively engage in entrepreneurial activities involving technology transfer. I am currently the co-founder and Chief Scientist at Termaxia, a software-defined storage startup based in Philadelphia. Previously, I co-founded Gencore Systems (Netsil), 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 successfully acquired by Nutanix Inc in 2018. 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.