Katrina LaCurts

32 Vassar St., Room 32-G982
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02139

Phone: +1 617 253 7341
CV: pdf


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.

Refereed Publications

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

Technical Reports

Cicada: Predictive Guarantees for Cloud Network Bandwidth (pdf)
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 Networks (pdf)
K. LaCurts. Master's Thesis, MIT EECS


Criticisms of the Turing Test and Why You Should Ignore (Most of) Them (pdf | slides)
K. LaCurts. 6.893 class project, MIT EECS


Below is a list of software that I've been involved with at some point, roughly in reverse chronological order.

OpenDaylight > Software-defined networking
Bro IDS > Network intrusion detection (My branch has been used for some interesting research)
CityPerf > Network performance analysis
iCartel > Route prediction via iPhone
PropShare > Fast, fair BitTorrent client