Michael Wu

PhD Student

Department of Computer Science

Yale University


I am a 2nd year Ph.D. student in Computer Science at Yale University, where I am part of the Computer Systems Lab (CSL). I am advised by Prof. Abhishek Bhattacharjee.

My broad research interests are in examining the cognitive-level organization of memory in the brain, identifying the principles behind them, and applying such principles to improve memory management in computer systems. Currently, I am investigating how theories of pattern recognition and recall from cognitive neuroscience can inspire better prefetching at all levels of the computing stack. The overall goal of my work is to find solutions to computational, storage, and learning constraints of deep learning techniques that serve as obstacles to their use in real-world computer systems, perhaps with the use of cognitively rather than neurobiologically-inspired learning models.

Prior to my Ph.D., I obtained bachelor's degrees in both Computer Science and Mathematics from Rutgers University. There, I also worked with Prof. Bhattacharjee at Rutgers University on HALO, a flexible architecture for implantable Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs).

I am a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.


Ph.D. in Computer Science [2021 - Present]

Yale University

Advisor: Prof. Abhishek Bhattacharjee

B.S in Computer Science, Mathematics [2017 - 2021]

Rutgers University


[HOTOS 2023] Prefetching Using Principles of Hippocampal-Neocortical Interaction (paper)

Michael Wu, Ketaki Joshi, Andrew Sheinberg, Guilherme Cox, Anurag Khandelwal, Raghavendra Pradyumna Pothukuchi, Abhishek Bhattacharjee

[Top Picks 2020] Balancing Specialized Versus Flexible Computation in Brain-Computer Interfaces (paper)

Karthik Sriram, Ioannis Karageorgos, Ján Vesely, Nick Lindsay, Xiayuan Wen, Michael Wu, Marc Powell, David Borton, Rajit Manohar, Abhishek Bhattacharjee

[ISCA 2020] Hardware-Software Co-Design for Brain-Computer Interfaces (paper)

Ioannis Karageorgos*, Karthik Sriram*, Ján Veselý*, Michael Wu, Marc Powell, David Borton, Rajit Manohar, Abhishek Bhattacharjee

*Joint first authors


Email: mw976@yale.edu