Samer Al-Kiswany



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Welcome to my personal webpage, I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Computer Sciences Department at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, working with Prof. Andrea Arpaci-Dusseau, Prof. Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau, and the ADSL research group.


I completed my PhD in Computer Engineering at the Networked Systems Laboratory at the University of British Columbia, advised by Prof. Matei Ripeanu.


Research Interests

My research interests are in the area of computing systems with a special focus on distributed and operating systems. I am interested in building highly efficient systems by leveraging recent advances in hardware technology and by exploiting domain specific optimizations. My current projects focus on building software-defined storage system for workflow applications, exploring fundamental reliability and scheduling problems in the Linux I/O stack, and exploiting recent advances in software-defined networks and multicore platforms to accelerate storage systems.


  • PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia (July 2013)

  • MS, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia (July 2007)

  • BSc, Computer Engineering, Jordan University of Science and Technology (June 2003)

Research Experience
  • NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow. University of Wisconsin-Madison.  (Nov. 13 Aug. 16)

  • Research Intern. Microsoft Research, Mountain View, CA. (Apr. 13 July 13)

  • Research Intern. NEC Labs America, Cupertino, CA. Data Management Dept. (June 12 Oct. 12)

  • Summer Intern. Microsoft. Redmond, WA. Azure team. (June 11 Aug. 11)

  • Research Intern. IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA. (June 10 Oct. 10)

  • Research Intern. Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago, IL. Globus team. (May 08 Sep. 08)

  • Research Assistant at UBC. (Sept. 06   Dec. 13)

  • Research Associate. Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan. (June 05 June 06)

Awards, Honors, and Competitions
  • NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship. National Award. (Apr. 13- Aug. 15)

  • Killam Doctoral Fellowship. National Award. (Sep. 09 Jan 12)

  • BC Industrial Innovation PhD Fellowship. Provincial Award. (Sep. 07 - Sep 10)

  • Second place in IBK Ivey Business Plan Competition. National Competition. (Mar. 09)

  • ACM-IEEE George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship Award. International Award. (Nov. 08)

  • UBC University Graduate Fellowship. University Award. (Jun. 08 Jun. 09)

  • Second place at BCNET Broadband Innovation Challenge. National Competition. (Apr. 08)

  • JUST University Graduate Fellowship. National Award. (Sep. 04 Sep. 09)

  • Ministry of Education Excellence Scholarship. National Award. (Sep. 98 Jun. 03)

  • Best Talk Award at the ECE Department Systems Workshop. (Sep. 11)

  • Best Talk Award at ACM HPDC 11 conference. (Jun. 11)