Laboratory for Robust Information Systems

Lara Dolecek, PhD



Assistant Professor 

EE Department and Mathematics Department, UCLA

dolecek @ ee.ucla.edu


Link to My Recent CV.


Biosketch

Lara Dolecek is an Assistant Professor  with the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She holds a B.S. (with honors), M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, as well as an M.A. degree in Statistics, all from the University of California, Berkeley. She received the 2007 David J. Sakrison Memorial Prize for the most outstanding doctoral research in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley. Prior to joining UCLA, she was a postdoctoral researcher with the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She received Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award (2013), Intel Early Career Faculty Award (2013), University of California Faculty Development Award (2013), Okawa Research Grant (2013), NSF CAREER Award (2012), and Hellman Fellowship Award (2011). She is an Associate Editor for Coding Theory for IEEE Transactions on Communications and for IEEE Communication Letters and is the lead guest editor for IEEE JSAC special issue on emerging data storage. Her research interests span coding and information theory, graphical models, statistical algorithms, and computational methods, with applications to emerging systems for data storage, processing, and communication.

Research Interests

  • Coding Theoretic Methods for the Next-Generation Storage Systems
  • Theoretical Foundations of Data Processing Under Uncertainty 
  • Graph-based Code Designs and Iterative Algorithms 
  • Fast Statistical Inference with Applications to Data Storage, Wireless Communications and Circuits
  • Combinatorial and Probabilistic Analysis of Robust Information Systems



Popular items 
      

UCLA Center on Development of Emerging Storage Systems (CoDESS) is founded.
       
        More information on our center is available at http://www.uclacodess.org

        

UCLA press release on CODESS is here

 

Information for prospective CoDESS kickoff day invited attendees:

        Please follow the link at http://www.loris.ee.ucla.edu/codess for registration

        (registration is free but the space is limited, please register early)

 


Information for 2014 FMS tutorial attendees:

        Please follow the link at http://www.flashmemorysummit.com/ for access to tutorial slides.

Information for 2014 ISIT tutorial attendees:

        Please inquire with the tutorial chairs for the copy of the slides. Feel free to email me as well. 

Information for 2013 Flash Summit tutorial attendees:

        Please follow the link at http://www.flashmemorysummit.com/ for access to tutorial slides.

Information for 2012 Asilomar tutorial attendees: 

        Please see the link at http://www.asilomarssc.org/ (under Program Info) for tutorial slides.


Information for prospective graduate and undergraduate students:

        Fully funded research positions available for UCLA undergraduate and graduate students with strong 
        mathematical background. Email me with your CV and subject line [interested in LORIS research] if interested.


News

(8/1/14) LORIS is at the 2014 Flash Memory Summit! Lara presents a tutorial on the ECC for Flash with Prof. Andrew Jiang and Dr. Steve Hetzler. We also have a talk (Lara) and a poster (Clayton) on non-binary LDPC codes for flash.

(8/1/14) Journal article on overcoming stuck-at errors in flash using coding methods is accepted to IEEE Communication Letters. See publications for the updated list.

(8/1/14) Two articles to appear in the Proceedings of ITW 2014.

(7/1/14) Lara presented with Prof. Anxiao (Andrew) Jiang the tutorial on coding for memories at this year's ISIT. Synopsis is here.

(4/15/14) Journal article on non-binary protograph-based LDPC codes is accepted to IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. See publications for the updated list.

(4/1/14) JSAC Special Issue on Data Storage is coming out in May! Guest editorial is here.

(4/1/14) Three articles to appear in the Proceedings of ISIT 2014.

(4/1/14) Arturo Flores is visiting LORIS lab under UC Mexus project. Welcome Arturo!

(2/1/14) Journal article on spatially coupled codes is accepted to IEEE Communications Magazine. See publications for the updated list.

(11/27/13) Journal article on absorbing sets for non-binary graph-based codes is accepted to IEEE Transactions on Communications. See publications for the updated list.

(11/27/13) Journal article on the performance analysis of Gallager B decoder under transient and permanent errors in hardware is accepted to IEEE Transactions on Communications. See publications for the updated list.

(11/15/13) Fred receives outstanding 2013 MS Student Award from UCLA HSSEAS! Congratulations, Fred! UCLA press release is here.  

(11/15/13) Lara receives 2013 Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award from UCLA HSSEAS! UCLA press release is here.

(10/07/13) Invited paper at Allerton conference on efficient file synchronization. See publications for the updated list.

(10/07/13) UCLA Engineering press release for CoDESS is here and UCLA press release for CoDESS is here.

(09/25/13) Ehsan Ebrahimzadeh and Clayton Schoeny join LORIS as graduate students, and Shancheng Zhao joins LORIS as a visiting scholar. Welcome on board Ehsan, Clayton, and Shancheng!  

(08/10/13) UCLA Center on Development of Emerging Storage Systems (CoDESS) kickoff day is Thursday, Sept 19 at UCLA. For invited guests, please follow the link http://www.loris.ee.ucla.edu/codess to register

(07/21/13) Lara will present a tutorial at the 2013 Flash Summit (August 12, Santa Clara) titled "Making Error Correcting Codes Work for Flash Memory", together with Charles Camp (IBM) and Andrew Jiang (Texas A&M)

(07/21/13) Journal article on an optimal algorithm for the recovery from deletions through interactive communication is accepted to IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. See publications for the updated list.

(07/21/13) Lara gives talks at Bell Labs and Rutgers University.

(06/13/13) Lara gives invited talk in ISL colloquium at Stanford. 

(06/3/13) Lara receives Intel Early Career Faculty Award. UCLA press release is here.

(06/3/13) Lara receives University of California Faculty Development Award. UCLA press release is here.

(06/3/13) Fred Sala is a recipient of the Distinguished Masters Thesis Award in Signals and Systems. UCLA press release is here. Terrific achievement, Fred!

(05/1/13) Lara gives invited talk in CommNets Seminar at USC.

(05/1/13) Journal article on fast sampling methods for SRAM yield analysis will appear in IEEE Transactions on VLSI. See publications for the updated list.

(05/1/13) Journal article on novel, dynamic threshold schemes for non-volatile memories will appear in IEEE Transactions on Communications. See publications for the updated list.

(05/1/13) Journal article on variability-aware computing systems appears in IEEE Transactions on CAD. See publications for the updated list.

(04/15/13) FIVE papers at ISIT this year! Great work, everyone.

(01/10/13) Lara is an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications.

(01/10/13) Lara is the Chair of the Data Storage Track at IEEE Globecom 2014.

(12/31/12) Journal article on the cycle consistency approach to absorbing sets in sparse codes is accepted to IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. See publications for the updated list.

(12/1/12) Journal article on the graded bit error correcting codes with applications to Flash memories is accepted to IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. See publications for the updated list.

(12/1/12) Journal article on noisy Gallager B decoder is accepted to IEEE Transactions on Communications. See publications for the updated list.

(12/1/12) Journal article on the asymptotic distribution of absorbing sets in regular LDPC codes is accepted to IEEE Transactions on Communications. See publications for the updated list.

(12/1/12) Journal article on optimal resource allocation for noisy decoders is accepted to IEEE Communication Letters. See publications for the updated list.

(11/15/12) RIM4S research website is up! See http://www.loris.ee.ucla.edu/rim4s

(11/15/12) Andrew Jiang (Prof. at Texas A&M) and Lara Dolecek recently presented a tutorial at 2012 IEEE Asilomar Signals and Systems Conference on Coding Methods for Emerging Storage Systems. For more information see here.

(11/01/12) Lara receives prestigious Okawa Research Grant! UCLA press release is here and the official list of recipients is here.

(11/01/12) Nicolas Bitouze joins LORIS team. Welcome Nicolas!

(11/01/12) NSF funds collaborative research on Code Design and Analysis to Approach Capacity with Short Blocklengths Using Feedback. UCLA press release is here.

(10/15/12) ARR12 is coming up! Check out the list of speakers showcasing cutting edge research in our department! 

http://www.ee.ucla.edu/home/people/industry/industry-relations/annual-research-review/2012-annual-research-review

Make sure to register as the space is limited.

(10/15/12) Yao Li has joined LORIS as a post-doc. Welcome Yao!

(10/15/12) IARPA funds our research! See UCLA press release here.

(10/01/12) TPC for ITW 2013, NVMW 2013, and Data Storage Track at Globecom 2013 

(09/10/12) Intel corporation funds LORIS research

(09/10/12) ASTC-IDEMA funds LORIS research

(09/10/12) Ryan receives George Michael Memorial High Performance Computing Fellowship. Congrats Ryan! 

(08/01/12) Invited talk at Allerton 2012.

(06/30/12) Our recently accepted papers will appear at IEEE conferences ISIT, ITW and ISTC.

(06/15/12) Jiadong earns his doctorate -- Congratulations Dr Wang!! 

(06/15/12) Behzad receives his MS degree. Congrats Behzad!

(06/15/12) Jiajun (Dennis) Zhang receives 2012 Outstanding Bachelors of Science Award. Fantastic achievement, Dennis!

(05/01/12) Lara is Associate Editor for IEEE Communications Letters

(05/01/12) Ryan passed his Qual Exam -- congratulations Ryan !!

(04/01/12) NSF funds our 3-yr project titled "Spatially Coupled Sparse Codes on Graphs - Theory, Practice, and Extensions" (NSF award abstract is here)  

(04/01/12) Fred receives NSF graduate fellowship -- congratulations Fred!

(04/01/12) Symposium Chair for Data Storage Technologies and Applications at IEEE ICNC 2013. Call for papers is  here.

(02/15/12) Lara receives NSF CAREER award (See UCLA Engineering article for news release: http://www.engineer.ucla.edu/newsroom/ )

(01/15/12) TPC for IEEE Globecom 2012, NVMW 2012, and IEEE ISTC 2012. 

(01/15/12) Our recently accepted papers appear in IEEE ICNC 2012, IEEE Asilomar Conference 2011 (3 papers), ACM ISPD 2012, and IEEE Trans. on Signal Processing. 

(10/15/11) Annual Research Review (ARR11) is coming up on Monday, November 14th ! Check out the great program showcasing our department's research http://www.ee.ucla.edu/people/industry/industry-relations/annual-research-review

(10/01/11) TPC for IEEE ICNC 2012, IEEE ICC 2012.

(09/01/11) UC-Mexus funds our research

(09/01/11) UC Discovery and Western Digital fund our research

(08/01/11) Our recently accepted papers will appear at IEEE ITW 2011 (2 papers) and IEEE Milcom 2011.

(07/01/11) Our recently accepted papers will appear at IEEE ISIT 2011 (3 papers!) and IEEE Globecom 2011.

(06/15/11) Lara is a recipient of a funding award thorough the Hellman Fellows Program, a competitive campus wide program established to support promising assistant professors. (UCLA Today release is here

(06/15/11) Chi-Wei Lin and Ben-Yue Chang recently earned their MS degrees. Congratulations!!

(02/15/11) I recently gave a tutorial on High-Performance Graph-Based Codes at IEEE AusCTW 2011 held in Melbourne, Australia Jan. 31-Feb. 3, 2011 (info for tutorial attendees: email me for slides).

(02/01/11) TPC for IEEE ISCC2011 and IEEE Globecom2011.

(02/01/11) Our recently accepted and invited papers appear at IEEE conferences ICC 2011, ISCAS 2011, ITA 2011, AusCTW 2011, and ACTEMT 2010.

(09/23/10) We are organizing Signals and Systems seminar this quarter. Check out the list of our renowned speakers!

(08/22/10) With Prof. Srivastava and Prof. Gupta at UCLA, we are a part of the multi-university 5-year project titled "Variability-aware Software for Efficient Computing with Nanoscale Devices". The project receives $10M in funding through the NSF-Expeditions program (press release)