Katrina LaCurts

32 Vassar St., Room 38-587
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02139

Phone: +1 617 253 5994
CV: pdf


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.


Fall 2015: 6.02
Spring 2015: 6.033
Fall 2014: 6.02

Refereed Publications

Cicada: Introducing Predictive Guarantees for Cloud Networks (pdf)
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

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


Application Workload Prediction and Placement in Cloud Computing Systems (pdf)
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


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