January 18, 2018 – CS Distinguished Lecture Series, Yuanyuan Zhou

Speaker:  Yuanyuan Zhou, Professor, University of California San Diego Homepage:  https://cseweb.ucsd.edu/~yyzhou/

Date/Time:  Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 3:30pm

Location:  Hugh Dempster Lecture Pavilion – Room 110, 6245 Agronomy Rd.

Host:  Ivan Bestchastnikh, UBC Computer Science

Title:  To Err is Human


Configuration errors (i.e., misconfigurations) are among the dominant causes of system failures. But unfortunately, developers typically blame users (sysadmins) for such errors instead of improving the configuration design to make them less prone to human mistakes.  Moreover, unlike software bugs, misconfigurations are not documented rigorously to retro-inspect how software can be improved to avoid or at least tolerate such misconfigurations.  In this talk, I will present our recent work on hardening computer systems to reduce and gracefully react to sysadmins’ configuration errors.


Yuanyuan (YY) Zhou is a Qualcomm Chair Professor at University of California, San Diego, where she joined since 2009. Prior to UCSD, she was a tenured associate professor at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  From 2000-2002, she  co-founded a storage startup called Emphora in Princeton, NJ.   In 2007, She co-founded her second startup, Pattern Insight . Pattern Insight has deployed solutions used by many large companies and became cash-flow positive since 2010, with a good exit to VmWare in 2012.  She holds a Ph.D in Computer Science from Princeton University. She is an ACM fellow and an IEEE Fellow, and Winner of 2015’s ACM Mark Weiser Award.


The DLS series is sponsored in part by the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences

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