Xiao (Shawn) Zhu

I recently earned a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan. Advised by Z. Morley Mao, my PhD research was on developing systems and networking support for characterizing and improving emerging Internet applications.

Before that, I was an undergrad at Tsinghua University, during which I spent one semester as an exchange student at National University of Singapore.

After PhD, I joined Google to tackle real-world challenges in delivering high-quality and low-latency video content to billions of users across the globe.


Selected Publications

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  • Reviewer, Journal of Systems Research (JSys)

  • Reviewer, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking (ToN)

  • Reviewer, ACM Transactions on Modeling and Performance Evaluation of Computing Systems (ToMPECS)

  • Program Committee, 2022 ACM SIGCOMM Information-Centric Networking (ICN)

  • Artifact Evaluation Committee, ACM SIGCOMM 2021

  • Artifact Evaluation Committee, USENIX OSDI 2020

  • Shadow Program Committee, 2019 ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC)




  • Uber Technologies, Inc., Palo Alto, CA, US        Summer, 2020

    Project: Reducing interactive app latency with QUIC loss recovery optimization

    Mentors: Y. Ethan Guo and Rajesh Mahindra
  • AT&T Labs Research, Bedminster, NJ, US          Summer, 2019

    Project: Characterizing and improving commercial live video streaming

    Mentor: Subhabrata (Shubho) Sen


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    Name in Chinese: 朱骁