Fan Lai

Ph.D. candidate in CSE
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


4828 BBB
2260 Hayward St
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2121

University of Michigan

About Me

I am a 4th-year PhD student in Computer Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, advised by Prof. Mosharaf Chowdhury. I am also closely working with Prof. Harsha V. Madhyastha.

My research interests are at the intersection of networked systems and machine learning in the context of large-scale data-intensive computing, including designing distributed big data systems and optimizing systems with learning techniques.

Prior to Umich, I got my B.S. degree in Computer Science from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2017.

Selected Papers

  • FedScale: Benchmarking Model and System Performance of Federated Learning
    Fan Lai, Yinwei Dai, Xiangfeng Zhu, Mosharaf Chowdhury
  • [preprint] [code] [bibtex]
  • [OSDI'21] Oort: Efficient Federated Learning via Guided Participant Selection
    Fan Lai, Xiangfeng Zhu, Harsha V. Madhyastha, Mosharaf Chowdhury
  • [pdf] [slides] [code] [bibtex] (Distinguished Artifact Award)
  • [NSDI'20] Sol: Fast Distributed Computation Over Slow Networks
    Fan Lai, Jie You, Xiangfeng Zhu, Harsha V. Madhyastha, Mosharaf Chowdhury
  • [pdf] [slides] [code] [bibtex]
  • [HotCloud'18] To Relay or Not to Relay for Inter-Cloud Transfers?
    Fan Lai, Mosharaf Chowdhury, Harsha Madhyastha
  • [pdf] [slides] [bibtex]
  • [ICN'16] Scaled VIP Algorithms for Joint Dynamic Forwarding and Caching in NDN
    Fan Lai, Feng Qiu, Wenjie Bian, Ying Cui, Edmund Yeh
  • [pdf]


  • SJTU Outstanding Graduate Student
  • National Scholarship