The Cake Lab

About Us

Hello! Welcome to the Cake Lab. We are a research group from computer science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Our research group focuses on understanding and optimizing performance for real-world distributed systems, cloud and mobile applications.

Our work is being generously supported by the National Science Foundation, and Google Cloud.


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Tian Guo

Assistant Professor

Robert Walls

Assistant Professor

PhD Students

Sam Ogden

Mobile deep inference

Shijian Li

Distributed training

Yiyang Zhao

Neural architecture search

Xin Dai

Mobile-aware DNN (co-advise with Xiangnan Kong)

Guin Gilman

GPU memory management

Graduate Students

Yiqin Zhao

Mobile augemented reality

Jean-Baptiste Truong

Secure mobile deep learning

Undergraduate Students

Jacob T. Grycel

Systems security

Karitta Zellerbach

Mobile deep inference (2019 REU)

Ioannis Kyriazis

Secure mobile deep learning (2019 REU)

Matt LeMay

Cloud-based inference


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DNN Model Execution Caching

The RIPCORD project proposes new research for improving the performance of deep learning model serving. Show More

Confidential Deep Learning on End-user Devices

The CAPR-DL project proposes new research for providing on-device model confidentiality. Show More

Mobile-aware Cloud Resource Management

The MOBILESCALE project proposes new research on resource management for mobile workload that differs significantly from traditional cloud workload. Show More

Efficient Mobile Deep Inference

The MODI project proposes new research in designing and implementing a mobile-aware deep inference platform that combines innovations in both algorithm and system optimizations. Show More


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Speeding up Deep Learning with Transient Servers

Shijian Li, Robert J. Walls, Lijie Xu, Tian Guo

The 16th IEEE International Conference on Autonomic Computing, arXiv:1903.00045


An Experimental Evaluation of Garbage Collectors on Big Data Applications

Lijie Xu,Tian Guo, Wensheng Dou, Wei Wang, and Jun Wei

The 45th International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB'19)


Cloud-based or On-device: An Empirical Study of Mobile Deep Inference

Tian Guo

2018 IEEE International Conference on Cloud Engineering (IC2E'18)