Prospective Students

We are looking for highly-talented grad students who are passionate about distributed systems, algorithms, and networking. Our research spans the whole range: algorithms, theoretical analysis, system design, and AI/ML in the context of novel distributed systems. If interested,  please apply to our grad program and mention either me or the LIDS lab. 


We study foundational scientific principles that enable Internet-based services to be reliable, scalable, secure, high-performance, energy-efficient, and low-cost.  Current research topics include:

  • Web and Video Content Delivery.
  • Algorithmic and Theoretical Foundations of Distributed Systems.
  • Web and Video Performance.
  • Energy-aware Green Computing.
  • Networking and Networked Systems.
  • User Behavior and Economics in the Internet Ecosystem.


Over the years, we are lucky to have had talented students who have made major contributions to the state-of-the-art and have established successful careers in academia and industry.



  • Aditya Sundarrajan (Doctoral). First position: Facebook Research
  • Vani Gupta (Doctoral). First position: Providence College.
  • Sweetesh Singh (Masters). First position: EMC
  • Brandon McPhail (Masters)
  • Michael Sindelar (Masters). First position: Google.
  • Shashi Singh (Masters). First position: Bloomberg.
  • Harish Venkataramani (Masters). First position: Google.
  • Suprakash Datta (Doctoral).  First position: York University.
  • Kamal Kumar Kasera (Masters). First position: Goldman Sacks.
  • Lixin Gao (Doctoral). Currently: UMass (ECE). Sloan Fellow, IEEE Fellow, ACM Fellow.

Other Student Collaborators/Mentees:

  • Dr. Abhigyan Sharma, First position: AT&T Labs Research
  • Dr. Benjamin Heintz, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Daniel Berger, University of Kaiserslautern