32 Vassar St., Room 32-G982
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: +1 617 253 7341
I am a Ph.D. student at MIT CSAIL, where I work with Hari Balakrishnan in the NMS group (my minor is cognitive science). I've also worked with Jeff Mogul at HP Labs, Vern Paxson at ICIR/ICSI, and I currently work part-time at Plexxi. 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.
I am interested in both research and education in networking and systems. Most of my research involves network measurement, lately revolving around making client applications for cloud computing infrastructures and datacenters network-aware in order to improve performance.
Education-wise, in 2013 I taught discrete math to high school girls as part of WTP. At MIT, I have also been a recitation instructor and a TA for 6.02 (you can view course reviews here, with MIT certificates), and I TAed a few courses in my undergrad as well.
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)
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
A Plan for Optimizing Network-Intensive Cloud
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.