The Laboratory for Advanced System Software (LASS) investigates systems issues for distributed systems ranging from large server clusters to networks of small sensors. Our past and current research has focused on issues in operating systems, distributed systems, networking, mobile systems, web and multimedia. We build prototype systems and understand them using analysis and experimentation.

Research Areas

Our lab comprises of two research groups: distributed systems group and sustainable computing group.

Distributed Systems research

The distributed systems research group focuses on topics in cloud computing, edge computing, data centers, virtualization and data management. Ongoing projects include:

  • Cloud and Edge Research: Serverless computing, Edge AI, and Model-driven resource management
  • Internet of Things (IoT) Research: Sensing, privacy and scale in Pervasive IoT
  • Non-intrusive Mobile Sensing with applications to health and well-being

Sustainable Computing research

The Sustainable Computing research group focuses on computational methods for sustainability and decarbonization of engineered systems and infrastructure. We apply our research to energy grids, built environment, renewables and energy storage, and transportation. We take a systems and data analytics approach to addressing problems in this area. Ongoing projects include:

  • CarbonFirst: Making cloud and edge computing sustainable
  • Decarbonizing Energy Grids and the Built Environment
  • Sustainable transportation: Electric vehicles and ride sharing

LASS Alumni: Our Alums are an exceptionally accomplished group. Two-thirds of our Ph.D. and Post-doc alums have gone to tenure-track faculty positions in academia. Four alums have co-founded startup companies. The rest, including two dozen MS alums, have gone on to successful careers in industry. We are incredibly proud of their accomplishments.

Recent News

  • January 02, 2023
    Congrats to Akanksha Atrey who is awarded a 2023 UMass CICS Dissertation Writing Fellowship.
  • December 06, 2022
    Keynote talk on Edge computing at IEEE Milcom workshop on IoT.
  • October 16, 2022
    Co-chaired ACM SigEnergy workhop on Society, Climate and Sustainability.
  • June 11, 2022
    LASS helps host Turing Summer Program for local high school students.
  • June 10, 2022
    Two NSF medium grants awarded on edge computing and IoT.

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