32 Vassar St., Room 32-G982
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: +1 617 253 7341
I am a soon-graduating Ph.D. student at MIT CSAIL, where I work with Hari Balakrishnan in the NMS group (my minor is cognitive science). I received my master's in computer science from MIT in 2010 and my bachelors in computer science and mathematics from the University of Maryland in 2008. My research has been supported by a Jacobs Presidential Fellowship as well as an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and has benefited from time spent at HP Labs, ICIR/ICSI, and Plexxi.
I am interested in both research and education in networking and systems. My thesis revolves around network measurement, and using measurement data to make client applications for cloud computing infrastructures and datacenters network-aware in order to improve performance.
Education-wise, I am currently (Spring 2014) a recitation instructor for 6.033. In 2013 I taught discrete math to high school girls as part of WTP, and will be doing so again in 2014. I have also been a recitation instructor and a TA for 6.02, and I TAed a few courses in my undergrad as well. Starting in Fall 2014, I will be a lecturer in the MIT EECS department.
Choreo: Network-Aware Task Placement for Cloud
K. LaCurts, S. Deng, A. Goyal, H. Balakrishnan. IMC 2013
Making Currency Inexpensive with iOwe (pdf)
D. Levin, A. Schulman, K. LaCurts, N. Spring, B. Bhattacharjee. NetEcon 2011
Measurement and Analysis of Real-World 802.11 Mesh Networks (pdf | slides | web)
K. LaCurts, H. Balakrishnan. IMC 2010
VTrack: Accurate, Energy-aware Traffic Delay Estimation Using Mobile Phones (pdf | web)
A. Thiagarajan, L. Ravindranath, K. LaCurts, S. Toledo, J. Eriksson, S. Madden, H. Balakrishnan. SenSys 2009. Awarded Best Paper
BitTorrent is an Auction: Analyzing and Improving BitTorrent's Incentives (pdf | web)
D. Levin, K. LaCurts, N. Spring, B. Bhattacharjee. SIGCOMM 2008
Cicada: Predictive Guarantees for Cloud Network
K. LaCurts, J. Mogul, H. Balakrishnan, Y. Turner MIT-CSAIL-TR-2014-004
A Plan for Optimizing Network-Intensive Cloud Applications (pdf)
K. LaCurts, S. Deng, H. Balakrishnan. MIT-CSAIL-TR-2013-003
Measurement and Analysis of Real-World 802.11 Mesh
K. LaCurts. Master's Thesis, MIT EECS
Below is a list of software that I've been involved with at some point, roughly in reverse chronological order.