Dr. Xiaohui (Helen) Gu received a PhD degree in 2004 and a MS degree in 2001 from the Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received a BS degree in computer science from Peking University, Beijing, China in 1999. She was a research staff member at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Hawthorne, New York, between 2004 and 2007. Dr. Gu received ILLIAC fellowship, David J. Kuck Best Master Thesis Award, and Saburo Muroga Fellowship from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also received the IBM Invention Achievement Awards in 2004, 2006, and 2007. Her research interests are computer systems with a current focus on automatic system management using machine learning methods, large-scale data stream processing systems, service overlay networks, peer-to-peer systems, and mobile wireless system.

Research Areas

  • Architecture and Operating Systems
  • Cloud Computing
  • Data Sciences and Analytics
  • Embedded and Real-Time Systems
  • Networking and Performance Evaluation
  • Parallel and Distributed Systems
  • Scientific and High Performance Computing


PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004


  • National Science Foundation Faculty Early CAREER Award - 2011
  • IBM Faculty Award - 2008, 2010, 2011
  • IBM Exploratory Stream Analytics Innovation Award - 2008