The Caprice of Algorithms

When we design algorithms or implement them into computing systems, we rarely think about the policies that they instantiate. We rarely think beyond trite generalizations, of the countless users who may be at the receiving end of the vagaries of our algorithms. If our project becomes immensely successful, then we will count our users in […]

Is Computing Innovation Getting Harder?

The angst, or perhaps irritation, that we feel at times about the rate of innovation was captured pithily by Peter Thiel, “We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.” I am going to confine my thoughts to the world I know best, innovations in the field of computing. Many of us, inside the ivory […]

To Fuse Wisely in Serverless DAGs: A Sigmetrics Winner

This post gives a high-level view of our Sigmetrics 2022 paper, which was recently announced at the conference as the best paper winner. Ashraf Mahgoub, Edgardo Barsallo Yi (Purdue University), Karthick Shankar (CMU), Eshaan Minocha (Purdue University), Sameh Elnikety (Microsoft Research), Saurabh Bagchi, and Somali Chaterji (Purdue University). WISEFUSE: Workload Characterization and DAG Transformation for […]

LiteReconfig at Eurosys 2022: Cost and Content-Aware Video Object Detection for Mobile GPUs

Object detection is arguably one of central problems in computer vision. Much progress has been made over the past few years in deep learning based object detectors. Despite their impressive accuracy results on standard benchmarks, these models come at a price of their complexity and computational cost. This imposes a major barrier to deploy these […]

Your Job Can Be Done Better By My Algorithm

Citation Reams have been written on jobs being replaced by algorithms and by robots running on algorithms. Much of the most impactful writing has come from economists — my two favorite ones are Joseph Stiglitz and Daron Acemoglu, or for a more lay person perspective read this NYTimes article that covers their work. Some of […]

OpenReview: A Positive Direction for Peer Review?

Citation I recently had occasion to use OpenReview as the reviewing platform for a conference. The conference was the International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR), a core Machine Learning conference. I used it both as a reviewer and as an author. OpenReview is a platform that is distinguished by two features: It facilitates dialog between […]