CSAIL celebrates graduating PhDs with 2nd annual symposium

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On Wednesday, CSAIL held its second annual PhD symposium and reception to celebrate the 49 students who graduated during the 2013-2014 academic year. Nine doctoral graduates gave brief presentations on their theses, with topics that ranged from using data in order to prevent infections, to creating a fully-functioning, 110-core multiprocessor.

Director Daniela Rus spoke to graduates about the long legacy that they are part of - and leaving behind - at the lab. “You are a vital part of our past, present and future success,” Rus said. “You are the backbone of CSAIL and we could not exist without you. Thank you for making the lab such a special and successful place to work and play.”

PhD graduate Keith Winstein, who arrived at MIT in 1999 as a college freshman, said that it was bittersweet to be leaving the place where he’d spent almost half his life. “Being at MIT is sort of like being in the deep end, surrounded by people who are just so amazing in so many different ways,” said Winstein, who will be joining the faculty at Stanford in the fall. “But everyone is eager to help you and there’s a collaborative spirit here that’s really energizing.”

Presenters at the symposium included:

    •    Jason Ansel, “Autotuning Programs with Algorithm Choice”

    •    Matt Johnson, “Bayesian Time Series Models and Scalable Interference”

    •    Tushar Krishna, “Enabling Dedicated Single-Cycle Connections Over a Shared Network-on-Chip”

    •    George Kurian, “Locality-Aware Cache Hierarchy Management in Multicore Processors”

    •    Mieszko Lis, “Execution Migration Machine: Hardware-Level Threat Migration in a 110-core Shared-Memory Multiprocessor”

    •    Ying Liu, “Probabilistic Graphical Models: Distributed Inference and Learning Models with Small Feedback Vertex Sets”

    •    Michael Rubinstein, “Analysis and Visualization of Temporal Variations in Video”

    •    Jenna Wiens (right), “Leveraging Data Across Time and Space to Build Predictive Models for Healthcare-Associated Infections”
    •    Keith Winstein, “Transport Architecture for an Evolving Internet”

Photos: Jason Dorfman, MIT CSAIL