Welcome to the UBC CIRRUS Lab

Cloud computing plays an integral role as the backbone of today’s IT-driven society. The immense scale of cloud computing systems, its wide range of users and enabled applications, and complex interactions between numerous services and software layers make it easy to leave efficiency behind. The UBC Cloud Infrastructure Research for Reliability, Usability, and Scalability (CIRRUS) Lab was born in July 2021 to tackle existing cloud computing challenges and drive future technologies for the next generation of cloud services.


Mohammad Shahrad
Assistant Professor
PhD (Princeton University)
[Principal Investigator]

Mohamed Elsakhawy
Adjunct Professor
PhD (University of Western Ontario)

Ghazal Sadeghian
Graduate RA
BSc (Amirkabir University of Technology)

Nalin Munshi
Graduate RA
BTech (Vellore Institute of Technology)

Arshia Moghimi
Graduate RA
BASc (Sharif University of Technology)

Nima Nasiri
Graduate RA
BASc (University of British Columbia)

Yuanzhi (Gigi) Ma
Undergrad at UBC

Xiaoyang (Sofia) Zhang
Work Learn Project Assistant
Undergrad at UBC

Alexander Li
UREP Affiliate
Undergrad at UBC

Parshan Javanrood
UREP Affiliate
Undergrad at UBC

Mehdi Ben Chikha
Undergrad at INSAT (Tunisia)
Former Members:
  • Joe Hattori, Visiting International Research Student from University of Tokyo (2022)

Lab News

  • May 1, 2023: Team secures two papers in USENIX ATC '23, including one in collaboration with Princeton SNS group.
  • September 15, 2022: Joe Hattori joins as visiting research student from the University of Tokyo. (more on the UBC VIRS program)
  • September 5, 2022: Welcoming Nima and Arshia!
    [more details]
  • May 1, 2022: Excited to have Dr. Mohamed Elsakhawy join us as an Adjunct Professor.
  • September 1, 2021: Ghazal and Nalin officially started!
    [more details]
  • August 27, 2021: Two of our papers are accepted to SoCC '21! UBC has four papers at this year's SoCC! 🎉
  • July 1, 2021: The UBC CIRRUS Lab is born on Canada day!

Publications and Preprints

Here are Dr. Shahrad's selected papers prior to establishing the CIRRUS lab. Find his complete publication list here.

Research Sponsors

We are thankful for the grants, gifts, and resources from various sources that enable our research endeavors.