Cathy Chen
Cathy Chen, Ph.D.
Associate
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
  • New York

Dr. Chen has a background in electrical and computer engineering, with a focus on computer architecture, embedded systems, and optical networks. Her expertise includes: multicore systems, pipeline processors, optical interconnection networks (photonic networks), memory systems, and the development of network interfaces on field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).

Dr. Chen completed her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Columbia University in the Lightwave Research Laboratory. Her research focused on the development of FPGA-based test-beds for analyzing photonic networks for applications including: telecommunications, data centers, and heterogeneous utility computing systems. This involved routing and switching in photonic networks, particularly transparent interfaces to electronic communications and designing switching nodes with minimal optical-electronic-optical conversions (OEO). During her time at Columbia University, Dr. Chen was also a teaching assistant for courses in Embedded Systems, Computer Hardware Design, and Fundamentals of Computer Systems. 

Prior to her Ph.D. studies, Dr. Chen received her B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University with a focus on computer architecture. During this time she worked in the Computer Systems Laboratory on simulations of cache coherence protocols in embedded systems. 

Dr. Chen was also a project management intern at the Microsoft Corporation where she developed diagnostic tools and ran usability studies for operating systems. During this time she also assisted in drafting technical documentation for use by outside software and hardware manufacturers in diagnosing issues when interfacing to computer operating systems. 

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Columbia University, 2015
  • M.Phil., Electrical Engineering, Columbia University, 2013
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Columbia University, 2011
  • B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University, 2009
  • IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference, Change Maker, 2015

    University of California Berkeley Rising Stars in EECS, 2014

    National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Integrated Access Networks, Student Leadership Council Scholarship 2014

    Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science Grossman Scholars Program, 2014–2015

    Wei Family Private Foundation Special Scholarship, 2014

    National Science Foundation Diversity Fellowship, 2011–2014

LANGUAGES

  • Cantonese
  • Mandarin Chinese

Publications

Chen C, Chan J, Wang H, Bergman K. A photonic interconnection network for hardware accelerator enabled utility computing. Optical Interconnects Conference 2013 WA2, May 2013.

Wang H, Chen C, Sripanidkulchai K, Sahu S, Bergman K. Dynamically reconfigurable photonic resources for optically connected data center networks. National Fiber Optic Engineering Conference (NFOEC) I1B.2, March 2012.

Garg AS, Wang H, Chen C, Bergman K. Experimental demonstration of attenuation-based all optical time-to-live indicator. European Conference and Exhibition on Optical Communication (ECOC), September 2011.

Wang MS, Wang A, Bathula BG, Lai CP, Baldine I, Chen C, Majumder D, Gurkan D, Rouskas G, Dutta R, Bergman K. Demonstration of QoS-aware video streaming over a metro- scale optical network using a cross-layer architectural design. National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (NFOEC) NThC4, March 2011.

Presentations

Chen C, Bergman K. Photonic interconnection network for applications in heterogeneous utility computing. Poster Presentation, UC Berkeley Rising Stars in EECS, Berkeley, CA, November 2014.

Chen C, Wang H, Bergman K. A dynamically reconfigurable optically interconnected architecture for hardware accelerator enabled utility computing. Poster Presentation, Optoelectronics Industry Development Association Workshop on Software Defined Photonic and Data Center Networks, San Francisco, CA, March 2014.

Chen C, Wang H, Chan J, Bergman K. A photonic interconnection network for hardware accelerator enabled utility computing. Poster Presentation, Optoelectronics Industry Development Association Workshop: Future Needs of ‘Scale-Out Data Centers: An OIDA Workshop for Stakeholders, Anaheim, CA, March 2013. Best Poster – 2nd Place.

Chen C, Wang H, Chan J, Bergman K. A photonic interconnection network for hardware accelerator enabled utility computing. Oral Presentation, IEEE Optical Interconnects Conference 2012, Santa Fe, NM, May 2013.

Chen C, Janak J, Zhang W, Katz E, Ahsan A, Birand B, Bergman K, Schulzrinne H, Zussman G. Demonstration of WiMax client generated video transmitted on a transparent optical network. Poster Presentation, Optoelectronics Industry Development Association Workshop on Metrics for Aggregation Networks and Data Centers, Los Angeles, CA, March 2012.


Prior Experience

Graduate Research Assistant, Columbia University, 2009–2015

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Columbia University, 2009–2011

Program Management Summer Intern, Microsoft Corporation, 2008

Undergraduate Research Assistant, Cornell University, 2007–2009

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Cornell University, 2008–2009

Professional Affiliations

The International Society for Optics and Photonics—SPIE (Member, IT Committee)

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers—IEEE

The Optical Society—OSA

Society of Women Engineers—SWE

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Columbia University, 2015
  • M.Phil., Electrical Engineering, Columbia University, 2013
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Columbia University, 2011
  • B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University, 2009
  • IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference, Change Maker, 2015

    University of California Berkeley Rising Stars in EECS, 2014

    National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Integrated Access Networks, Student Leadership Council Scholarship 2014

    Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science Grossman Scholars Program, 2014–2015

    Wei Family Private Foundation Special Scholarship, 2014

    National Science Foundation Diversity Fellowship, 2011–2014

LANGUAGES

  • Cantonese
  • Mandarin Chinese