People

Aydın Buluç (Principal Investigator), is a Staff Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley. Previously, he was a Luis W. Alvarez postdoctoral fellow at LBNL and a visiting scientist at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2010 and his BS in Computer Science and Engineering from Sabanci University, Turkey in 2005. Dr. Buluç is a recipient of the DOE Early Career Award in 2013 and the IEEE TCSC Award for Excellence for Early Career Researchers in 2015. He is also a founding associate editor of the ACM Transactions on Parallel Computing. More info in his personal website: https://people.eecs.berkeley.edu/~aydin/

Oguz Selvitopi is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Performance and Algorithms group of Computer Science Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research interests are high performance computing, parallel sparse matrix computations, combinatorial scientific computing, and bioinformatics. Oguz received his Ph.D. in computer engineering from Bilkent University, Turkey in 2016.

Yu-Hang Tang is the 2017 Luis W. Alvarez postdoctoral fellow of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His recent research centers around the development of machine learning algorithms, in particular graph-based methods, for solving problems found in many science disciplines such as chemistry, materials, and traffic modeling. Prior to that, he has years of experience in designing computational method and software stacks for modeling microscopic and mesoscopic systems. He is the author of several open-source software packages, including the LAMMPS USER-MESO GPU-acclerated package for Dissipative Particle Dynamics (DPD) and Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH), the Multiscale Universal Interface library for coupling standalone solvers to perform multiscale simulations, and the OpenRBC code for simulating red blood cells at protein resolution. Yu-Hang received his Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Brown University in 2017, and his B.E in polymer science from Zhejiang University in 2011.

Prashant Pandey is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Performance and Algorithms group of the Computer Science Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research interests lie at the intersection of systems and algorithms. He designs and builds theoretically well-founded data structures for massive data problems in computational biology, storage, and streaming. Prior to this, he obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Stony Brook University in 2018 and did a one-year postdoc at Carnegie Mellon University.

Can Kizilkale is a postdoctoral fellow with the Performance and Algorithms Group. His research interests are Optimization (Convex, Combinatorial), Mathematical Modeling, Matrix Analysis, and Game Theory. His recent focus is on fast first order methods. He received his PhD. degree in Computer Science from University of California Santa Barbara in Summer 2019

Israt Nisa is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Computational Research Division at Berkeley Lab. Her research focuses on the optimization of numerical and machine learning algorithms on parallel architectures. She is primarily interested in accelerating bandwidth-bound computations that use irregular sparse matrices, graphs, and tensors. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science & Engineering from the Ohio State University in August 2019.

Benjamin Brock is a third-year Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley advised by Kathy Yelick and Aydın Buluç. He works on high-level programming systems for distributed memory computing. His primary research project, the Berkeley Container Library, is a collection of high-level data structures for supercomputers. More info in his personal website: https://people.eecs.berkeley.edu/~brock/

Giulia is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at UC Berkeley and a graduate research assistant at the Computational Research Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory advised by Aydın Buluç and Kathy Yelick. Giulia is a member of PASSION Lab, BeBOp Group, and Performance and Algorithms Research (PAR) Group. She received both my M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering and B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano. Broadly, her research interests are Parallel Computing, Computational Genomics, and Applied Mathematics. Currently, Giulia is developing of a novel algorithm to de novo assemble genomes using long-read sequencing data, named Berkeley Efficient Long-Read to Long-Read Aligner and Overlapper (BELLA) and part of the ExaBiome Project. Giulia is collaborating with another student at the development of the distributed-memory implementation of her algorithm, named diBELLA. More info in her personal website: http://gguidi.com.

Alok Tripathy is a Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley interested in designing algorithms and programming models that leverage high-performance systems, particularly heterogeneous systems. He graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech. More info on his personal website: aloktripathy.me

Jiakun Yan was a research intern at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory during August 2019 until January 2020. Currently he is back in China finishing his undergraduate thesis under Dr. Buluc's co-advisorship. His research interests are High Performance Computing and Distributed System. He is currently working on Aggregation RPC Handler System, which is a high-level framework for high-performance, asynchronous RPC programming. He is also a fourth-year undergraduate at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Past members (some before the group/team/lab was even named)

  • Saliya Ekanayake, Postdoctoral Fellow (2018-2020), Now: Microsoft.
  • Carl Yang, PhD Student (2015-2019), Now: Waymo, Inc (current LinkedIn). Carl defended this dissertation.
  • Ariful Azad, Postdoctoral Fellow (2014-16), Research Scientist (2016-18), Now: Assistant Professor, Indiana University
  • Sang-Yun Oh, Postdoctoral Fellow (2013-15), Now: Assistant Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Harsha Vardhan Simhadri, Postdoctoral Fellow (2013-14), Now: Researcher, Microsoft Research India
  • Veronika Strnadova-Neeley, Graduate Student Research Assistant (2013-16), Now: Assistant Professor, Montana State University

Past visitors:

  • Elizabeth Koning (Calvin College), Summer Research Intern at UC Berkeley (2019)
  • Yusuke Nagasaka (Tokyo Institute of Technology), Summer Research Intern at LBNL (2017).
  • Patrick Flick (Georgia Tech), Summer Research Intern at LBNL (2016).
  • Adam Sealfon (MIT), CSGF Summer Student at LBNL (2015)
  • Adam Lugowski (UCSB), Summer Research Intern at LBNL (2012).

Key Collaborators

  • Can be inferred from the publications list