Boon Thau Loo

Boon Thau Loo

Boon Thau Loo Professor
Associate Dean, Master's and Professional Programs - School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department of Computer and Information Science (Primary appointment)
Electrical and Systems Engineering (Secondary appointment)
University of Pennsylvania


  • 605 Levine Hall, 3330 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6389 (my CIS office)
  • 109C Towne Building (Associate Dean office)

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    Short biography I lead the NetDB@Penn research group, where we are working on several exciting projects at the intersection of databases, networking, and formal methods. I am also part of the distributed systems and database groups. I am a recipient of the NSF CAREER award (2009), the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Award (2012) and Penn's Emerging Inventor of the year award (2018). My graduated Ph.D. students include four winners of dissertation awards (two Rubinoff, SIGMOD, and SPEC). I actively engage in entrepreneurial activites involving technology transfer. I am currently the co-founder and Chief Scientist at Termaxia, a software-defined storage startup based in Philadelphia. Previously, I co-founded Gencore Systems (Netsil), a cloud performance analytics company that spun out of my research team at Penn, commercializing my research group's work on the Scalanytics declarative network analytics platform. The company was successfully acquired by Nutanix Inc in 2018. I received my Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 2006. Prior to my Ph.D, I received my M.S. degree from Stanford University in 2000, and my B.S. degree with highest honors from UC Berkeley in 1999. I was awarded the 2006 David J. Sakrison Memorial Prize for the most outstanding dissertation research in the Department of EECS at UC Berkeley, and the 2007 ACM SIGMOD Dissertation Award.

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