Yeonju Ro

About me

Hi all!

I am a second-year Ph.D. student in Computer Science at UT Austin! I am co-advised by Prof. Vijay Chidambaram and Prof. Aditya Akella. My research interests include deep learning, systems for machine learning, and AI SW-HW co-design.

Before joining UT Austin, I worked as a researcher at Samsung Research. I earned B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Computer Science from KAIST, where I had a splendid time studying computer architecture under the supervision of Prof. John Kim.

News- One paper accepted to NSDI'23

News- One paper accepted to CVPR'22

Research Interests

Computer systems - Systems for ML, Disaggregated systems, Distributed systems, Heterogeneous systems, Computing acceleration, AI SW-HW Co-design

Deep learning - On-device AI, Model optimization, Scalable ML, Efficient ML, Distributed ML

Security and privacy - Oblivious systems


  • The University of Texas at Austin

  • Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

    • M.Sc in Computer Science (Advisor: Prof. John Kim)

    • Sep. 2015 - Feb. 2018

  • Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

    • B.Sc in Computer Science

    • Feb. 2010 - Feb. 2014


  • Ringleader: Efficiently Offloading Intra-Server Orchestration to NICs

    • Jiaxin Lin, Adney Cardoza, Tarannum Khan, Yeonju Ro, Brent Stephens, Hassan Wassel, Aditya Akella

    • The 20th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI ‘23)

  • Mr.BiQ: Post-Training Non-Uniform Quantization based on Minimizing the Reconstruction Error

    • Yongkweon Jeon*, Chungman Lee*, Eurlang Cho*, Yeonju Ro* (*equal contribution)

    • IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR'22)

  • Ghost Routing to Enable Oblivious Computation on Memory-centric Networks [paper]

    • Yeonju Ro, Seongwook Jin, Jaehyuk Huh, John Kim

    • The 48th Annual ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA'21)

  • Multi-dimensional Parallel Training of Winograd Layer on Memory-centric Architecture [paper]

    • Byungchul Hong, Yeonju Ro, John Kim

    • The 51st Annual IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO'18)

Research Experience

  • On-device Lab, Samsung Research, Samsung Electronics

    • Jun. 2018 - Sep. 2021

    • Model Compression (CVPR'22): Model compression includes low-rank approximation, quantization, and pruning. As a practical compression technique, our group focused on parameter quantization to reduce the model's memory footprint. Worked on post-training quantization for language models and vision models.

    • CNN Accelerator Design (2018. 06 ~ 2020. 06): Actively participated in the architecture exploration. Implemented an in-house performance modeling simulator in C++. Designed and implemented pointwise operations (e.g., activation functions, elementwise operations) processors in Verilog HDL. Will be deployed in Samsung Digital TV.

  • Computer System and Network Lab, School of Computing, KAIST

    • Sep. 2015 - May. 2018

    • Secure Routing (ISCA'21): While recent secure processors encrypt memory requests data to guarantee confidentiality, memory address (or traces) can leak important information. Worked on oblivious computation on a multi-node system to hide coarse-grain access patterns.

    • Multi-dimensional Parallel Training (MICRO'18): This work proposes accelerating deep learning training in a memory-centric system by applying Winograd transformation. Worked on the implementation of dynamic clustering topology in the cycle-accurate full-system simulator.

  • lowRISC, Google Summer of Code 2017

    • May. 2017 - Aug. 2017

    • Implemented ORAM interface for RISC-V systems both in software and hardware. Obtained hands-on experience in collaborating with open-source communities, multiple software simulators (including spike and DRAMSim2), and SystemVerilog.

  • Systems Software and Security Lab, Georgia Tech

    • Jan. 2017 - Mar. 2017

    • Explored RISC-V ISA and Rocket architecture for hardware security research. Worked on studying FPGA programming with Intel SoC board to accelerate system software functions.

Work Experience

  • Backend Software Engineer, Jobplanet, Braincommerce Inc

    • Dec. 2013 - Jun. 2015

    • Braincommerce is a startup company that runs Jobplanet, and I was a starting member of the company.

    • As a starting member, I and my friends were in charge of the design and implementation of the entire initial product server.

    • In particular, I worked on the design of the database, user log system, recommendation engine based on the knowledge graph.

    • For operation and management, I worked on the automated administration tools including the content search tool with combined filters and mass mailer.

Teaching Experience

  • [TA] KAIST CS101 Introduction to Programming

  • [TA] KAIST CS206 Data Structures

  • [TA] KAIST CS310 Computer Architecture (for undergraduate students)

  • [TA] KAIST CS510 Advanced Computer Architecture (for graduate students)

  • [TA] UT Austin CS360V Virtualization (for online master students)


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