Boulder Computer Architecture Research Lab

I am an assistant professor at the University of Colorado in the Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering Department. in Boulder CO. I also hold a courtesy appointment in the Computer Science department. I am a member of the Colorado Research Center for Democracy and Technology. My work focuses on all aspects of computer security from the hardware perspective. I received my PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Duke University under the guidance of Benjamin C. Lee and Andrew D. Hilton. I am interested in the intersection of computer architecture and security. My thesis work focused on reducing the overhead of secure memory in three dimensions: delay, energy and space. Before doing my PhD, I also completed an MEng degree at Duke University in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and a B.S. from the University of Florida in the Industrial and Systems Engineering department. I am passionate about computer architecture, and my industrial engineering background gives me a new perspective on ways to optimize systems. I also enjoy working in the security space because it is one of the most challenging problems facing the computer industry. At the heart of most computer security challenges is people. Computers do what they are designed to do, but it is the people who re-define the system’s functionality. I strongly believe that secure systems should not rely on people writing correct code, or running well-intended applications, but instead having well defined functionality with well defined side-effects. In addition, my research is guided by the principle that all computers should be secure and efficient. Systems should not have to sacrifice efficiency for security.

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  • January 2021: I will be teaching the Advanced Computer Architecture course (ECEN5593) in Spring 2021. Come learn all the bells and whistles that make processors so fast (and efficient and secure). 
  • December 2020: If you have an idea for a tutorial or workshop for ASPLOS 2021, enter your proposal here.
  • December 2020: We welcome a new member in the group Sylvia Llosa who will be working on the security work of dynamic spectrum sharing. 
  • December 2020: Congratulations to Srihaasa Pidikiti and Jason Zhang for getting their work published at FOSINT-SI. Read more about their work here.
  • November 2020: I am excited to share that I will be serving as the co-chair for Workshops and Tutorials for ASPLOS 2021.
  • October 2020: I am excited to share that I will be serving as the Publications chair for HPCA 2021. 
  • September 2020: We are excited to share that our dynamic spectrum sharing proposal to NSF called PASS got funded! Congratulations to Dr. Keith Gremban (PI) and Dr. Kevin Gifford (co-PI)! We are excited to start this collaboration. 
  • September 2020: Our IRA Twitter work is getting noticed. Check out TV and radio interviews regarding this work in KVDR, KOAN and CPR.
  • August 2020: We are in the news! Check out the article written by Daniel Strain here about our Russian IRA Twitter work.
  • June 2020: The Career Workshop for Women and Minorities in Computer Architecture (CWWMCA) has been accepted once again to be hosted in conjunction with MICRO-53 in Athens, Greece. 
  • June 2020: I am excited to share the news that our lab is about to get much bigger with 3 new PhD students: Rhett Hanscom, Ange-Thierry Ishimwe and Daniel Trahan will be joining us starting in the Fall 2020.
  • June 2020: I will be teaching the Computer Organization (ECEN 3593) course in Fall 2020.
  • August 2019: I will be teaching a seminar course on Secure Computer Architectures this Fall 2019. Join my class, ECEN 5033-002,  if you want to learn more about the intersection of computer architecture and security.