I am an Assistant Professor and Y. T. Lo Faculty Fellow in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and an affiliated Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). I lead the Systems Platform Research Group. I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech in August 2017. During my Ph.D study, I specialized in building storage systems for platforms spanning from wearables to mobiles to large-scale data centers. My Ph.D. dissertation received the College of Computing Dissertation Award at Georgia Tech.

I have been working on memory and storage systems, with a focus on their access Interface, architecture Specialization, and development Approaches (the ISA of memory and storage systems). My research received the inaugural ACM SIGMICRO Early Career Award, NSF CAREER Award, NSF CRII Award, Dean's Award for Early Innovation, IEEE Micro Top Picks, USENIX Best Paper Award, and a few industry awards. Some of them have been transferred into products and featured by popular media agencies.

Most recently, I am superexcited to build sustainable AI infrastructures and platforms with computer architecture and systems techniques to accelerate the AI-driven knowledge discovery and retrieval. We also organized the first Workshop on Hot Topics in System Infrastructure (HotInfra'23).

I have 2-3 Postdoc openings in my research group on the following research topics: AI infrastructure, memory/storage architecture/systems, and data systems.

Recent Awards

  • Dean's Award for Early Innovation for Assistant Professor, 2024
  • NVMW Memorable Paper Award Finalist, 2024
  • ACM SIGMICRO Early Career Award, 2023
  • Y. T. Lo Faculty Fellow in Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2023
  • NVMW Memorable Paper Award Finalist, 2023
  • Illinois Proof of Concept Program Finalist, 2023
  • IEEE Micro Top Picks, 2022
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2022
  • IEEE Micro Top Picks, 2020
  • Google Faculty Research Award, 2018
  • NetApp Faculty Fellowship Award, 2018
  • NSF CRII Award, 2018
  • CoC Dissertation Award, Georgia Tech, 2017
  • Microsoft Research Outstanding Project Award, 2017
  • IEEE Micro Top Picks Honorable Mention, 2016
  • Best Paper Award, USENIX ATC, 2015