Research Openings in Dependable Computing Systems Lab

I am almost always looking for graduate students interested in doing research in the secure and reliable distributed systems. The two overriding criteria for working in our group are zip smartness and desire to build usable computer systems.


A list of my current projects is available here. I am looking to advise PhD theses and in exceptional cases, MS theses and independent studies. I have a few funded research assistantship positions available for the projects, but for that I expect to work with the student for a minimum of two months before making a commitment. This is so that I understand the student's interest and motivation in the field, and the student gets a chance to see if the work suits him/her.

I believe in working hard, getting started on the thesis problem fast and publishing frequently. Typically, students working with me write at least 2 top-level conference papers in their first year working with me. You are welcome to contact my students for insights into research in our group.

I am looking for students with a strong systems background. Knowledge of operating systems and computer networks is a must. A strong programming background in some object-oriented language, preferably C++ or Java, and a scripting language, is required. Prior experience in designing, implementing or analyzing computer systems is a plus.

Graduate students that choose to work with me, must take the graduate-level computer networking, compilers, operating systems courses, distributed systems and fault-tolerant system design courses, or show corresponding proficiency level.

If you are interested in pursuing research in our group, please send email to to set up a meeting, and include in your email a description of your background and why you are interested in working in this area. Include in your subject "Read the DCSL new student post".

Note to graduate school applicants

In general it is not possible to commit to a research assistantship without having met you. It is a good idea to make contact once you are at Purdue. Show your interest, participate in a small project while you are taking your first set of courses, or take my graduate-level class on fault-tolerant computing systems. If you are interested in joining my group and wish to initiate contact before starting at Purdue, write to me only AFTER you have applied to Purdue and have got an admission offer. I regret that I am unable to reply to other emails from prospective students.

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Last modified: September 26, 2014