PDL News

2021

April 2021
Huanchen Zhang Wins Jim Gray Dissertation Award!

Congratulations to Huanchen Zhang, who has been awarded this year’s ACM SIGMOD Jim Gray Dissertation Award. The award recognizes excellent research by doctoral candidates in the database field. Huanchen's dissertation studied “Memory-Efficient Search Trees for Database Management Systems” and addressed the challenge of building compact yet fast in-memory search trees to allow more efficient use of memory in data processing systems.

Since graduation Huanchen has spent time at Snowflake as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and has now joined Tsinghua University as an Assistant Professor. While at CMU, Huanchen was advised by David Andersen and Andy Pavlo.

April 2021
Nathan Beckmann Awarded Google Research Scholar Grant

Nathan Beckmann, CSD and ECE has received a grant through Google's inaugural Research Scholar Program, which will support his research on "Making Data Access Faster and Cheaper with Smarter Flash Caches". The Research Scholar Program aims to support early-career professors who are pursuing research in fields relevant to Google.
-- info from SCS Wednesday Wire and research.google/

April 2021
Juncheng Yang and Rashmi Vinayak Receive NDSI Community Award

Congratulations to Juncheng and Rashmi, who received theNSDI 2021 Community Award for their paper "Segcache: A Memory-efficient and Scalable In-memory Key-value Cache for Small Objects." The conference, held virtually this year, presents the award for the best paper whose code and/or data set is made publicly available by the final papers deadline. In collaboration with Twitter, Juncheng and Rashmi building the next generation in-memory caching systems. Segcache enables high memory efficiency, high throughput, and excellent scalability, and demonstrates several important optimization techniques for large-scale web services.

March 2021
Sara McAllister wins 5-year graduate fellowship

Congratulations to Sara, as she receives a 5-year graduate fellowship under the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. The NSF GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The five-year fellowship includes three years of financial support including an annual stipend and a cost of education allowance. Sara will be pursuing her Ph.D. in Computer Science in the field of Computer Systems and Embedded Systems.
-- with info from nsfgrfp.org

2020

December 2020
Lorrie Cranor named AAAS Fellow

Lorrie Cranor, the director of CyLab and a professor in the Institute for Software Research and the department of Engineering and Public Policy, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). As part of the section on information, computing, and communication, Cranor was elected as an AAAS Fellow for her contributions to usable privacy and security research, policy, and education.

Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers and has been a tradition since 1874.
-- info from engineering.cmu.edu/news by Daniel Tkacik

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