School of Computer Science Welcomes Five New Assistant Professors

New SCS 2018

Five new tenure-track faculty have joined the School of Computer Science. The assistant professors’ research focuses on some of the fastest growing and most promising computing fields, from cybersecurity to databases.

Joy Arulraj and David Devecsery joined the school this fall semester. Alexandros Daglis and Qirun Zhang arrive in the spring semester. Paul Pearce will start next fall.

“With other recent hires, we now have the largest and strongest collection of young professors in the school’s history, establishing a core to lead the future of computer science not just at Georgia Tech but in the world at large,” said Chair Lance Fortnow.

Meet our newest hires:

Arulraj comes on as the inaugural holder of the Barry Dickman Term Professorship, a two-year appointment. He recently received his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science. Arulraj studies data analytics, main memory systems, and machine learning. He is developing new database management systems that leverage the characteristics of emergent hardware technologies to meet the requirements of modern data-intensive applications

Daglis will be arriving from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, where he has been studying computer architecture. He is interested in rack-scale computing and network-compute integration to target the most challenging communication-intensive services in datacenter environments.

Devecsery joins us from University of Michigan, where he earned his Ph.D. in computer science engineering last October. His research focuses on software systems and program analysis with the goal of creating systems and tools that enable efficient monitoring and understanding of complex system behavior.

Pearce is a computer security Ph.D. student at University of California, Berkeley. His emphasis is network security and measurement on politically and economically motivated attacks, such as censorship, cybercrime, and advanced persistent threats. He has built Internet-scale measurement platforms and designed new empirical methods aimed at discovering complex and unseen adversarial behavior.

Zhang will be coming from the Department of Computer Science at University of California, Davis, where he is a postdoctoral fellow. He graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2013 with a Ph.D. in computer science and engineering. Programming languages and software engineering are his research areas, with a particular interest in improving software reliability and security.

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