CS 525 - Advanced Topics in Distributed Systems [Spring 2016]
A cutting-edge graduate course covering contemporary
and classical papers
in multiple areas of distributed systems - cloud computing, peer to peer
systems, distributed algorithms, and sensor networks. A class of 50+ graduate (and undergraduate) students reviews,
presents, and debates about 80 papers. Projects are either entrepreneurial
ventures, or are research-oriented - the course has a strong history of
having its projects published in conferences and journals.
Graduated Ph.D. July 2013. Next Employment: VMWare, Palo
Alto, CA. (Currently at Google)
Brian Cho, Ph.D.
Graduated October 2012. Defended October 2012. Next Employment:
Samsung, Seoul, South Korea. (Currently Research Scientist at Seoul Natl. Univ.)
Y. Ko, Graduated Ph.D. July 2009, Submitted August 2009. Next Employment (Currently at):
Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering Department, SUNY-Buffalo (2009-2010 Postdoctorate at CS/ECE
V. Morales, Graduated Ph.D. June 2009, Submitted August 2009. Next Employment:
Postdoctoral Scholar, Xerox Research, Webster NY (then at Pattern Insight. Currently at VMWare).
A. Patel, Ph.D. Graduated May 2009. Defended April 2009.Next Employment:
Yahoo!, Champaign (then at Pattern Insight, then at VMWare. Currently at Uber).
(July 29/30, 2008) Cloud Computing Testbed: Professor
Indranil Gupta, along with Professors Mike Heath and Roy Campbell are involved
in the new Cloud Computing Testbed (CCT), with sponsorship from HP, Intel and
Yahoo!, in collaboration with NSF. NSF has announced a SGER grant (with lead PI:
Mike Heath, and co-PIs: Indranil Gupta and Roy Campbell) to support the CCT
equipment acquisition and setup. Some articles on effort:
UIUC "List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent"
(based on UIUC ICES Student Survey) ten times for both grad and undergrad
classes - Fall 2003, Fall 2004, Fall 2005
(*), Spring 2006 (*), Spring 2007, Fall 2007 (*), Spring 2008 (*), Spring 2011,
Fall 2012 (for CS425), Spring 2013 (*). (*= Ratings were
Awards won by my Graduate Students
PhD Student Muntasir Rahman has won the CS Excellence Fellowship for 2014-2015.
MS/PhD Student Le Xu has won the Outstanding TA Award for her work in CS425 Fall 2014.
PhD Student Mayank Pundir has been selected to the prestigious Siebel Scholars Class of 2015.
Undergrad Tej Chajed has won the prestigious C. W. Gear Outstanding Undergraduate Award, 2014.
Undergrad Tej Chajed has won
the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for 3 years of grad
school, 2014-17. (Tej joined MIT EECS for his PhD.)
DPRG Student Muntasir Rahman wins the VMWare
Graduate Fellowship, 2014-2015. One of 4 VMWare fellowships given world-wide.
Best Paper Award at BigMine 2012.
DPRG PhD Student Brian Cho wins for a second time the
Fellowship Award for 2nd year of Graduate study, 2008-2009.
New DPRG PhD Student Brian Cho won Gear Award
for Outstanding Undergraduate Student (Dept. of Computer Science), for the year
DPRG Alumnus Thadpong Pongthawornkamol won David J.
Kuck Award for Best MS Thesis (Dept. of Computer Science), for the
New DPRG PhD Student Brian Cho wins the
Fellowship Award for 1st year of Graduate study, 2007-2008.
Indranil Gupta (Indy) is an
Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign. Indy leads the Distributed Protocols
Research Group in the CS Department at UIUC.
He is interested in research on distributed protocols, with specific
focus on large-scale distributed systems such as datacenters and cloud
computing systems. Indranil is recipient of the the NSF CAREER award in
2005, the Junior Xerox Award for Faculty Research in 2008, the
CAS/Beckman Fellowship in 2009, and the Academy for Entrepreneurial
Leadership Faculty Fellowship in 2010. He has won Best Paper Awards at
IEEE ICAC 2015 and BigMine 2012. Indranil received teaching recognition
in the UIUC "List of Teachers ranked as Excellent" eight times since
2003. He served as General Chair of ACM PODC 2007; PC co-chair at
ACM/IFIP/Usenix Middleware 2010, IEEE SASO 2010 and StoDiS 2005; and
Associate Track Vice Chair at ICDCS 2008. Previously, Indranil received
his PhD in Computer Science from
Cornell University in 2004. Recently, during 2011-2012 he spent an
awesome year as a full-time Google employee (Visiting Scientist at Google,
Mountain View). In the past, he has also worked in IBM Research (T.J. Watson) and Microsoft
Research (Cambridge, UK). Indranil obtained his Bachelor of Technology (Computer Science) from the
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT),
Chennai/Madras, in 1998. He is originally from
Hyderabad (India), where he was schooled in St. Patrick's H.S., HPS(R), and
LFJC. He has also
been a Gold Medalist at India's National Physics Olympiad, and recipient of
India's NTSE Scholarship. Since 2005, Indranil has hosted a music radio show
called "East of Zero" on the
community radio station WEFT 90.1 FM in
(if you're in UIUC)3112 Siebel Center (MC 258), UIUC
(if you're outside UIUC) Mailing Address:
Siebel Center for Computer Science, 201 N. Goodwin Avenue, University of
Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801.
(wherever you are) indy at cs blip illinois
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