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Office Phone:
+1 215 895 1518
Visiting address:
University Crossings 106
Department of Computer Science
3175 John F Kennedy Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Mailing address:
University Crossings 106
Department of Computer Science
Drexel University
3141 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

My research focuses on high-level programming language and runtime support for non-general purpose computation. Special-purpose devices, like sensor networks, GPUs, and FPGAs, can solve certain classes of problems more efficiently than general purpose devices. The drawback is that most existing programming models are designed for general purpose computing and often either under-perform or fail to perform when applied to specialized devices; optimal utilization of specialized devices requires specialized programming models.

Office Hours

My office hours for winter term are usually Mondays 4pm–7pm and Thursdays 5pm–6pm. Exceptions are listed below. If the door is closed when you arrive, please just knock!

Week of 3/18:

Monday 4pm–5pm

Current Projects


Past Projects


Most of my work can be found on github.

About Me

I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computing at Drexel University.

From September 2011 to August 2013, I was a post doc researcher with the Programming Principles and Tools group at Microsoft Research Cambridge (UK!).

I received my Ph.D. in May 2011. I was jointly advised by Greg Morrisett and Matt Welsh.

In a former life, I resided in the SF Bay Area and worked for several tech companies, all of which are now defunct. Most of my work was related to handheld devices.

Past Courses