People

Faculty



David Irwin

Associate ProfessorUniversity of Massachusetts AmherstElectrical and Computer Departmentdeirwin@umass.eduKnowles 211D413-545-5822

Ph.D. Students




Akansha Singh Bansal

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Akansha is a PhD student with research interests in smart grids and integration of renewable energy with the grid. Prior to joining UMass Amherst, she worked at NTU Singapore as Research Associate in the School of Computer Science. She received MS by Research from IIIT-Bangalore and B.Tech in Computer Science from India.

Noman Bashir

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Noman is a PhD student with research interests in smart grids, smart homes, and renewable energy systems. He received his MS Energy Systems Engineering from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) and BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology Lahore, both in Pakistan. Prior to joining UMass with Fulbright Scholarship, he has worked as a Research Assistant at AdCom and SysNet research labs at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). He has recently interned for Google and VMware.

Talha Mehboob

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Talha is a PhD student with research interests in cloud computing. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Islamabad, Pakistan. Prior to joining UMass Amherst, he worked as Research Assistant at TUKL-NUST Research Development Center and SIGMA Labs Islamabad. He is co-advised by Prof. Michael Zink.

Ph.D. Alumni


Pradeep Ambati

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Pradeep received his Ph.D. in Summer, 2021 in Electrical and Computer Engineering after defending his dissertation Cost-Efficient Resource Provisioning for Cloud-Enabled Schedulers, which leveraged the many resource contracts offered by cloud platforms to optimize the cost of cloud schedulers. He also received his M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at UMass Amherst in Summer, 2017 after defending his thesis AutoPlug: An Automated Metadata Service for Smart Outlets, which focused on applying machine learning to classify electrical devices based on their electrical usage. He interned at Yahoo! Oath, Microsoft Research, and Facebook during his Ph.D., and joined as a Research Scientist at Facebook after graduation.

Supreeth Shastri

shastri@utexas.edu
Supreeth received his Ph.D. in Summer, 2018 in Electrical and Computer Engineering after defending his dissertation System Support for Managing Risk in Cloud Computing Platforms, which identified a number of implicit risks that cloud platforms expose to users and developed techniques for cost-effectively mitigating those risks. He subsequently completed a post-doc in the Computer Science department at the University of Texas at Austin, and took a tenure-track faculty position in the Computer Science department at the University of Iowa.

Dong Chen

dochen@cs.fiu.edu
Dong received his Ph.D. in Summer, 2018 in Electrical and Computer Engineering after defending his dissertation Hybrid Black-box Solar Analytics and their Privacy Implications, which developed hybrid techniques for modeling solar-powered systems that mixed physical and machine learning models and showed that these techniques could compromise the anonymity of energy data by revealing location, occupancy, and energy usage. He subsequently accepted a tenure-track faculty position in the Computer Science department at Florida International University, and is currently tenure-track faculty at the Colorado School of Mines.

Sean Barker

sbarker@bowdoin.edu
Sean received his Ph.D. in Summer, 2014 in Computer Science (co-advised with Prashant Shenoy) after defending his dissertation Model-Driven Analytics of Energy Meter Data in Smart Homes, which developed a model-driven approach for efficiently extracting actionable information from smart meter data in real time. He subsequently accepted a tenure-track faculty position in the Computer Science department at Bowdoin College.

M.S. Alumni





Zain Mustafa


Zain received his M.S. in Fall, 2014 in Electrical and Computer Engineering after defending his thesis Energy Agile Cluster Communication, which developed a technique for efficiently shuffling distributed data in a cluster that operates on intermittent renewable power. His work was published at ACM ICPE 2016. Zain subsequently accepted a position as a Data Scientist for IBM.

Xue Ouyang


Xue received her M.S. in Spring, 2016 in Electrical and Computer Engineering after defending her thesis SpotLight: An Information Service for the Cloud, which developed a technique for efficiently "probing" cloud platforms to learn their availability, failure, and price characteristics that were previously hidden. Her work was published at IEEE ICDCS 2016. Xue subsequently accepted a position as a Software Engineer at Amazon Web Services.

Jiannan Tian


Jiannan received his M.S. in Spring, 2017 in Electrical and Computer Engineering after defending his thesis Analyzing the Performance of Spark on Spot Instances, which focused on optimizing the checkpointing interval of Spark applications on the probability that a spot instance will be revoked to minimize cost. Jiannan subsequently continued his research as Ph.D. student at the University of Alabama.

Mythili Anbazhagan


Mythili received her M.S. in May, 2019 in Electrical and Computer Engineering after defending her thesis An Empirical Analysis of Network Traffic: IoT Device Profiling and Classification, which passively collected network traffic from over 300 Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices in a live deployment for nearly a year and developed a technique to classify devices based on their network data. Mythili subsequently co-founded a startup company X4plore.