32 Vassar St., Room 38-587
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: +1 617 253 5994
I am a lecturer in the MIT EECS department, where I teach two large undergraduate systems courses: 6.02 and 6.033. I also do academic advising within the EECS department, occasionally supervise MEng students, and am frequently involved with teaching introductory discrete math to high school students as part of WTP or through MIT BLOSSOMS.
I received my Ph.D. in computer science from MIT CSAIL in 2014. My Ph.D. research revolved around network measurement, and using measurement data to make client applications for cloud computing infrastructures and datacenters network-aware in order to improve performance. Prior to that, 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.
If you are a student in my class, the easiest way to get in touch with me is via email. I am always excited to hear from you, but please give me at least one full business day to respond.
Cicada: Introducing Predictive Guarantees for Cloud
K. LaCurts, J. Mogul, H. Balakrishnan, Y. Turner. HotCloud 2014
Choreo: Network-Aware Task Placement for Cloud Applications (pdf | slides | web)
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
Application Workload Prediction and Placement in Cloud Computing
K. LaCurts. Ph.D. Thesis, MIT EECS. 2014
Measurement and Analysis of Real-World 802.11 Mesh Networks (pdf)
K. LaCurts. Master's Thesis, MIT EECS. 2010
Below is a list of software that I've been involved with at some point, roughly in reverse chronological order.