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 Tian Guo

Assistant Professor
Computer Science Department
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609
Office: Fuller Labs 138


About Me

I am an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts Amherst advised by Prof. Prashant Shenoy in 2016.
I am a system builder. My research is about modeling system behaviors, especially these of large scale systems, and to build prototypes that help to empirically evaluate system's behaviors. Broadly, I am interested in designing systems to handle new trade-offs in cost, performance and efficiency. Specially, I have worked on research projects, in the context of distributed systems and cloud computing, that automate cloud resource management tasks, improve distributed application performance and provide new system abstractions.

I am always excited to work with motivated and qualified students on cloud-scale system and mobile deep learning research. Please email me with an updated CV if interested!

Research Students

I have been fortunate to work with some excellent graduate students: The undergrad and MS students I’ve worked with: Huayan Sun (MS'17, Airbnb), Huyen Nguyen (BS'18), Augusto Wong (BS'19), Mario Zyla (BS'19).


  • 12/17/2018 Our paper on GC inefficiency for big data applications has been accepted at VLDB'19. This was a collaboration with ISCAS.
  • 10/31/2018: I will be serving as the Publicity Vice Chair for ICAC 2019 and SASO 2019, please consider submitting!
  • 09/25/2018: I was selected and supported as one of the Faculty Scholars to attend 2018 Grace Hopper Annual Conference in Houston, Texas.
  • 08/13/2018: I will be serving on CCGRID'19 Architecture and Networking track PC, please consider submitting!
  • 07/14/2018: I will be serving on IoTDI'19 PC, please consider submitting!
  • 06/25/2018: Thanks to NSF for funding my project on efficient mobile deep inference!
  • 04/30/2018: My student, Sam Ogden has had our paper on efficient mobile deep inference accepted at HotEdge 2018!
  • 03/19/2018:I will be serving on InfoComm'19 PC, please consider submitting!
  • 03/06/2018: NSF funds grant on mobile-aware resource management.
  • 12/07/2017: My mobile deep inference paper is accepted for publishing in IC2E'18!
  • 11/25/2017: Our geo-elasticity paper is accepted for publishing in TOIT'17.
  • 07/29/2017: Our paper on cloud-baesd SDN measurement is accepted for publishing in IEEE NFV-SDN'17.
  • 06/16/2017: I will be serving on IC2E'18 PC, please consider submitting!
  • 05/10/2017: Our database geo-elasticity paper is accepted for publishing in TAAS'17.
  • 04/14/2017: I will be serving on APSys'17 PC, please consider submitting!
  • 03/21/2017: I will continue my journey as a tenure-track assistant professor at WPI starting Fall 2017.
  • 01/19/2017: Our Virtual Desktop optimization paper has been accepted for publishing in Multimedia Systems 2017!
  • 01/12/2017: I have successfully finished reviewing all the papers from EuroSys'17!
  • 01/07/2017: Our Spot Market risk management paper has been accepted for publishing in TPDS 2017.
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