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Lin Zhong, Ph.D.
Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Dept. of Computer Science (joint appointment)
Rice University, Houston, TX

6100 Main St. MS-380, Houston, TX 77005
lzhong AT rice DOT edu
Office: 3046 Duncan Hall; Calendar
Phone:713-348-4163  Fax: 713-348-6196

I received my B.S and M.S. from Tsinghua University and Ph.D. from Princeton University. I have been with Rice University since September 2005. I was a visiting researcher with Microsoft Research for the summer of 2011 and March to December 2012. At Rice, I lead the Efficient Computing Group to make computing, communication, and interfacing more efficient and effective. Our recent research focus has been on mobile & embedded systems. I am a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and of the best paper awards from ACM MobileHCI 2007, IEEE PerCom 2009, ACM MobiSys 2011, 2013 and 2014, and ACM ASPLOS 2014. I was a PC co-chair for MobiSys 2012, HotPower 2013, IPSN 2014, and APSys 2016. In 2014, I received the Duncan Award from Rice University and the Rockstar Award from ACM SIGMOBILE.

My research interests lie in the boundary of hardware and software and are driven by three premises:

  • Computing is cheap and getting cheaper.
  • Software innovates fast and is eating the world.
  • Humans are stupid and will remain so.

In particular, I am interested in managing the ever growing complexity of computer systems and improving the efficiency of software systems. My approach is experimental, i.e., validation by system building. Recently we have been busy building Argos and a new operating system Theseus that will push the limits of software in Argos.

I am chairing the program committee for HotMobile 2019. We are going to celebrate its 25th birthday so if you have any ideas, let me know.

Full CV

I am part of the Computer Engineering faculty at Rice and work with students from both ECE and CS. My former CS Ph.D. student is now an ECE faculty while a former ECE student now a CS faculty. If you enjoy buidling systems and find our recent work interesting, email me with your CV for opportunities.

Recent Talks

Selected Recent Publications (Full list)

  • A characterization of state spill in modern operating systems (EuroSys 2017) (PDF)
  • Automated OS-level device runtime power management (ASPLOS 2015) (PDF)
  • Rio: a system solution for sharing I/O between mobile systems (MobiSys 2014) (PDF, received Best Paper Award)
  • K2: a mobile operating system for heterogeneous coherence domains (ASPLOS 2014) (PDF, received Best Paper Award)
  • Argos: practical base stations with many antennas (MobiCom 2012) (PDF)

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