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About Me

My name is Zilu Tian and I am from Zhengzhou, China. I am currently a first year PhD candidate in Parallel Systems Architecture Lab (PARSA) at EPFL under the supervision of Professor Falsafi. My research interests are in computer architecture and related studies.


I received my B.S. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) as well as Mathematics (MA) from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in May 2017.


I remain utmost grateful towards wonderful professors at WPI who guided me through different discovery phases in college. My initial goal was to be a mathematician. In the summer of 2014, I applied to be a research assistant for the project The Origin of Solar System adviced by Professor Humi. We co-authored Self Gravitating Incompressible Fluid in Two Dimensions. It was a short-lived dream, but being a math student enriched my mathematical background. I also considered to be an actuary, and received 3rd place in Individual Case Competition hosted by Travelers in 2016. Seduced by the elegancy of shifting between time and frequency domain through formulas, I was dragged down the path of signal processing and communications.

For a technical institution like WPI, Apple's product launch was the silver noise. The impulse to understand how engineers design and fabricate a modern PC became so strong that I joined Synopsys as an intern and witnessed the design process of DDRPHY4 in 2015. Afterwards, my interests geared towards hardware and computer architecture.

That's all about my journey of explorations in college. Here I am, near the entry of the maze leading to the wonderland of PhDs. I am not an expert in any field yet. Please come back and visit this page later after a bounded interval, and hopefully I have something exciting to share with you. Otherwise, please adjust the time interval with exponential backoff.


Here is a list of awards that I have received at WPI.


My office is located at INJ 215, EPFL. I can be reached at zilu.tian@epfl.ch. For a non-exhaustive list of my past courses and projects, please refer to my LinkedIn page: www.linkedin.com/in/zilutian.