PhD Alumni

Hasan Hassan, (defended 29 September 2022)
Thesis title: “Improving DRAM Performance, Reliability, and Security by Rigorously Understanding Intrinsic DRAM Operation“
[Slides (pptx) (pdf)]
[Thesis arXiv (abs) (pdf)]
[SAFARI Live Seminar Video]

Christina Giannoula, (defended 27 September 2022)
Thesis title: “Accelerating Irregular Applications via Efficient Synchronization and Data Access Techniques“, PhD Thesis, National Technical University of Athens
[Slides (pptx) (pdf)]
[Thesis arXiv (pdf)]
[SAFARI Live Seminar Video (with Q&A); SAFARI Live Seminar Slides (pptx) (pdf)]

Minesh Patel, April 2022 (defended 01 October 2021)
Thesis title: “Enabling Effective Error Mitigation in Modern Memory Chips that Use On-Die Error-Correcting Codes”
[Slides (pptx) (pdf)]
[Thesis arXiv (pdf)]
[SAFARI Live Seminar Video]

2022 ETH Doctoral Medal  [SAFARI News]
2022 William C. Carter PhD Dissertation Award in Dependability
(presented at DSN 2022 (Baltimore, MD), 28 June 2022).  [Acceptance Speech Video] [Slides (pptx)(pdf)] [SAFARI News] [The William C. Carter PhD Dissertation Award in Dependability]

Gagandeep Singh, March 2021 (defended 29 March 2021)

Kevin Hsieh, October 2019 (defended 5 September 2019)
Thesis title: “Machine Learning Systems for Highly-Distributed and Rapidly-Growing Data”
[Slides (pptx) (pdf)]
[Thesis arXiv (pdf)]
[Video PhD thesis talk]

Justin Meza, May 2019 (defended December 2018).
Thesis title: “Large Scale Studies of Memory, Storage, and Network Failures in a Modern Data Center”
[Slides (pptx) (pdf)]
[Thesis arXiv (pdf)]

Mohammed Alser, August 2018 (defended June 2018).
Thesis title: “Accelerating the Understanding of Life’s Code Through Better Algorithms and Hardware Design”
[Slides (pptx) (pdf)]
[Thesis arXiv (pdf)]
2018 IEEE Turkey Doctoral Dissertation Award
News items:
Yasser Arafat Award (The Best Palestinian PhD Student in Turkey)
SAFARI News: Mohammed Alser wins IEEE Turkey PhD Dissertation Award

Yixin Luo, May 2018 (defended February 2018).
Thesis title: “Architectural Techniques for Improving NAND Flash Memory Reliability”
[Slides (pptx) (pdf)]
[Thesis arXiv (pdf)]
[Video PhD thesis talk]

Kevin Chang, May 2017 (defended May 2017).
Thesis title: “Understanding and Improving the Latency of DRAM-Based Memory Systems”
[Slides (pptx) (pdf)]
[Thesis arXiv (pdf)]

Rachata Ausavarungnirun, May 2017 (defended May 2017).
Thesis title: “Techniques for Shared Resource Management in Systems with Throughput Processors”
[Slides (pptx) (pdf)]
[Thesis arXiv (pdf)]

Gennady Pekhimenko, August 2016 (defended July 2016).
Thesis title: “Practical Data Compression for Modern Memory Hierarchies”
Slides (pptx) (pdf)]
[Thesis arXiv (pdf)]

Vivek Seshadri, May 2016 (defended April 2016).
Thesis title: “Simple DRAM and Virtual Memory Abstractions to Enable Highly Efficient Memory Subsystems”
Slides (pptx) (pdf)]
[Thesis arXiv (pdf)]
[Video PhD thesis talk]

Donghyuk Lee, May 2016 (defended December 2015).
Thesis title: “Reducing DRAM Latency at Low Cost by Exploiting Heterogeneity”
Slides (pptx) (pdf)]
[Thesis arXiv (pdf)]

Yoongu Kim, August 2015 (defended May 2015).
Thesis title: “Architectural Techniques to Enhance DRAM Scaling”
[Slides (pptx) (pdf)]

Lavanya Subramanian, August 2015 (defended April 2015).
Thesis title: “Providing High and Controllable Performance in Multicore Systems Through Shared Resource Management”
Slides (pptx) (pdf)]
[Thesis arXiv (pdf)]

PostDoc and Senior Researcher Alumni

Gagandeep Singh, Dr., (Jan 2020 – Feb 2023) current position: Research Staff, AMD. 

Jisung Park, Dr. (Sept 2019 – August 2022), current position:  Assistant Professor, Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea

Lois Orosa, Dr. (Jan 2019- Feb 2022), current position: Managing Director, Supercomputing Center of Galicia, CESGA

Jawad Haj-Yahya, Dr.  (2019-2021), current position: Principal Researcher, Huawei, Zurich Research Center

Arash Tavakkol, Dr. (2016 – 2018), current position: Software Architect, Fortum

Saugata Ghose, Dr. (2014-2016, 2016-2021 as faculty member), current position: Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Rachata Ausavarungnirun, Dr. (2017-2019), current position: Assistant Professor, Sirindhorn International Thai-German Graduate School (TGGS)

Yixin Luo, Dr. (March 2018 to June 2018), current position: Software Engineer, Google

Kevin Chang, Dr. (May 2017-January 2018), current position: Research Scientist/Software Engineer, Facebook

Samira Khan, Dr. (2012-2015), current position: Assistant Professor, University of Virginia

Masters Alumni

Luca Blum (Fall 2022), Co-advisor:  Mohammed Alser, Thesis: Catalyzing deep learning based metagenomic profiling.

Julien Eudine (Fall 2022), Co-advisors: Mohammed Alser, Gagandeep Singh, Thesis: New Methods and Architectures for Accelerating Read Mapping on Modern CPUs, GPUs, and FPGAs.

João Dinis Ferreira (in progress), Co-advisor: Juan Gómez Luna, Thesis: Performance and Energy Modelling of a Real-World Processing-in-Memory Architecture.  Current position: 

Roknoddin Azizibarzoki (Spring 2022), Thesis: Exploring Processing-in-Storage using Inherent Computation Capability of NAND Flash Memory, current position: Oracle, Technical Staff.

Emanuele Esposito (Spring 2021)

Joël Lindegger (Fall 2021), Co-advisors: Damla Senol Cali, Mohammed Alser, Juan Gómez Luna, Thesis: GenASM-GPU: A Practical and Efficient Implementation of GenASM on GPUs, current position: PhD student, SAFARI Research Group.

Kosta Stojiljkovic (Spring 2021), Co-advisor: Konstantinos Kanellopoulos, Thesis: Alternative address translation path for frequently accessed pages

Jan Schäppi (Spring 2021), Co-advisors: Mohammed Alser, Thesis: Reducing reference data for Metagenomic Analysis.

Alain Denzler (Spring 2020, Co-advisor: Juan Gómez Luna), Thesis: A Near-Cache Accelerator for Stencil Computations

Taha Shahroodi (Fall 2020, Co-advisor: Mohammed Alser), Thesis: Investigating the Opportunities for Improving the Accuracy and Efficiency of Metagenomic Profiling

Nika Mansourighiasi (Fall 2019, Co-advisor: Juan Gómez Luna),  Thesis:  Understanding the Opportunities and Bottlenecks in Near-Data Processing Engines

Vesna Resende Barros (Spring 2019)

Peter Resutik (Spring 2019)

Philipp Gamper (Fall 2017)

Undergraduate Alumni

Max Rumpf (Fall 2022), Co-advisor: Mohammed Alser, Thesis: SequenceLab: A Comprehensive Benchmark of Computational Heuristic Methods for Comparing Genomic Sequences.

Roberto Starc (Spring 2021)

Julian Büchel (Spring 2020)

Sven Gregorio (Fall 2019, Co-advisor: Juan Gómez Luna)

Rudolf Loretan (Summer 2019, Co-advisor: Juan Gómez Luna)

Tobias Büchli (Fall 2018)

Alex Breuss (Fall 2017)

Visiting Guests, Students and Interns

Mohammad/Hashem Haghbayan (Visiting Postdoc, Jan – June 2021, University of Turku, Finland)

David Novo (Visiting Scientist, Nov – Dec 2020, CNRS, ADAptive Computing (ADAC) group, Montpellier Laboratory of Informatics, Robotics and Microelectronics (LIRMM))

Neethu Bal Mallya (Academic Guest, May 2019 – April 2020)

Chandan Kumar Jha (Visiting PhD student, July 2019 – Jan 2020, Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar)

Ataberk Olgun (Intern, May – Dec 2019, TOBB University)

Nisa Bostanci (Intern, May – Dec 2019, TOBB University)

Haocong Luo (Intern, BSc student, Mar – Dec 2019, ShanghaiTech University)

Christina Giannoula  (Visiting PhD student, Jan – Dec 2019, National Technical University of Athens)

Ivan Fernandez-Vega (Visiting PhD student, HiPEAC, April – Nov 2019; Sept – Dec 2021, University of Malaga)

Kalliopi Tzimi (Intern Master’s student, Aug – Nov 2019, University of Patras)

Soramichi Akiyama, Prof.  (Visiting Professor, Apr – Oct 2019, University of Tokyo)

Skanda Koppula  (Fulbright Scholar, 2018-2109, now at: Google DeepMind)

Pranjali Jain  (Intern, May – July 2019)

Mohamed Hasan (Intern, D-INFK Summer Research Fellow, June – July 2019, University of Stuttgart)

Yusen Li, Prof.  (Visiting Professor, June – July 2019, Nankai University)

Seyyedmohammad Sadrosadati (Visiting PhD student, 2017)

Osman Boyaci (Visiting PhD student, 2017, ITU)

Fazal Hameed (Visiting PostDoc, 2017, TU Dresden)

Yaohua Wang (Visiting PostDoc, 2017, NUDT)

Kailin Yang (Intern, 2017, Tsinghua)

SAFARI at CMU Alumni
Post-Doc Alumni

Samira Khan, September 2015.
Currently Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia.
[Job Talk Slides (pptx) (pdf)]

Saugata Ghose, May 2017.
Currently Research Faculty at Carnegie Mellon University.

Kevin Chang, August 2017.
Currently at Facebook.

Yixin Luo, August 2018.
Currently at Google.

Rachata Ausavarungnirun, May 2019.
Currently at King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok.

Graduate Student Alumni

Ameya Ambardekar: Intern, M.S. ECE, May 2013.

Chris Craik: M.S. ECE, Aug 2011.
Master’s Report: Investigating the Viability of Bufferless NoCs in Modern Chip Multi-Processor Systems.

Parag Dixit: Intern, M.S. ECE, May 2013

John Greth: Intern, M.S. ECE, May 2015.

Chris Fallin: M.S. ECE, Carnegie Mellon University, May 2011.

Mohammad Fattah: Intern, PhD student at University of Turku, Finland, in progress.

Matthias Grundmann: Intern, PhD student at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, in progress.

Tyler Huberty: Intern, M.S. ECE, Carnegie Mellon University, Jan 2014.

Jamie Jablin: Intern, Ph.D. student, Brown University, Sep 2013.

Ben Jaiyen: M.S. ECE, Jan 2013.

Abhijith Kashyap: M.S. ECE, May 2016.

Jamie Liu: M.S. ECE, Jan 2013.

Youyou Lu: Intern, Ph.D. student, Tsinghua University, in progress.

Justin Meza: M.S. ECE, May 2014.

Jinglei Ren: Intern, Ph.D. student, Tsinghua University, in progress.

Eddie Sears: Masters student, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University.

Hui Wang: Intern, Ph.D. student. Beihang University, in progress.

Ying Wang: Intern, Ph.D. student, Chinese Academy of Science, in progress.

Gulay Yalcin: Intern, Ph.D., UPC. Student researcher at Barcelona Supercomputing Center.

Samihan Yedkar: Intern, M.S. ECE, Jan 2013.

Hanbin Yoon: M.S. ECE, May 2013.
Master’s Report: Techniques for Data Mapping and Buffering to Exploit Asymmetry in Multi-Level Cell (Phase Change) Memory.

Jishen Zhao: Intern, Assistant Professor, University of California.

Undergraduate Student Alumni

Hitesh Arora: Summer undergraduate intern, 2013. IIT Guwahati, India.

Abhishek Bhowmick: Intern, B. Tech, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

Albert Cho: Undergraduate intern, 2014. B.S. ECE CMU, May 2015.

Arnab Ghosh: Undergraduate researcher, 2014. B.S. IIT Kanpur, May 2015.

John Emmons: Undergraduate intern, Electrical Engineering, Washington University at St. Louis.

Rachael Harding: Undergraduate researcher, 2010. B.S. ECE CMU, Dec 2010. Currently a PhD student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Yuchen Hao: Summer undergraduate intern, 2012. Tsinghua University, May 2012.

Jeremie Kim: Junior, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University.

Greg Nazario: Summer undergraduate intern, 2011. Senior B.S. student, CMU.

Harsha Rastogi: Summer undergraduate intern, 2012. BITS Pilani, India.

Weikun Yang: Summer undergraduate intern, 2014. Peking University, May 2015.

Xiangyao Yu: Summer undergraduate intern, 2011. Tsinghua University, May 2011. Currently a PhD student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

High School Student Alumni

Aaron Cutright: Summer Intern, Pittsburgh Allderdice High School Senior, 2014

Visiting Scholar Alumni

Jongmoo Choi: Visiting professor. Dankook University, South Korea.

Hiroyuki Usui: Visiting researcher. Toshiba Corporation.