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Shan Lu is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Chicago.

She received her Ph.D. at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 2008. She was the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Computer Sciences at University of Wisconsin, Madison, from 2009 to 2014. Her research focuses on software reliability and efficiency, particularly detecting, diagnosing, and fixing functional and performance bugs in large software systems.

Shan is an ACM Distinguished Member (2019 class), an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow (2014), a Distinguished Educator Alumnus from Department of Computer Science at University of Illinois (2013), and NSF Career Award recipient (2010).

Her co-authored papers won Google Scholar Classic Paper 2017, Best Paper Awards at ACM-SIGOPS SOSP 2019, USENIX OSDI 2016 and USENIX FAST 2013, 3 ACM-SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Awards at ICSE 2019, ICSE 2015 and FSE 2014, an ACM CHI Honorable Mention Award 2021, an ACM-SIGPLAN Research Highlight Award at PLDI 2011, and an IEEE Micro Top Picks in ASPLOS 2006. Shan is also a member of the informal ASPLOS Hall of Fame.

Shan currently serves as the Chair of ACM-SIGOPS (2019 –), the Vice Chair of ACM SIG Governing Board Executive Committee (2021–2022), Member-at-Large of ACM SIG Governing Board Executive Committee (2020 — 2022), and the Associate Editor for IEEE Computer Architecture Letters. She serves/served as the technical program co-chair for International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems (ASPLOS) in 2022, USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation (OSDI) in 2020, USENIX Annual Technical Conference (ATC) in 2015, and ACM Asia-Pacific Systems Workshop (APSys) in 2018.


Focus Areas: Software Reliability, Systems

Shan’s research focuses on software reliability, particularly detecting, diagnosing, and fixing concurrency bugs and performance bugs in large software systems.


Systems, Architecture & Networking

Design and analysis of computing systems: cloud, edge, Internet, quantum, and beyond

Labs & Groups

Systems Group

A vibrant, collaborative research community with diverse, synergistic research interests spanning systems, programming languages and software engineering, software and hardware...

Programming Languages Group

Interested in all aspects of programming language design and implementation, ranging from theoretical foundations to practical applications.

CERES Center for Unstoppable Computing

Andrew A. Chien
A dynamic community focused on reducing the fragility and complexity of computing systems, while also increasing their efficiency and lifetime.

Awards & Honors

ACM SIGOPS vice chair
ACM SIGOPS vice chair
ACM SIGOPS vice chair
Distinguished paper award, ICSE
ACM SIGOPS vice chair
ACM SIGOPS vice chair
Google scholar classic paper award
ACM SIGOPS vice chair
Best paper award, OSDI
ACM SIGOPS vice chair
Distinguished paper award, ICSE
ACM SIGOPS vice chair
Alfred P. Sloan research fellowship
Distinguished paper award, FSE
Best paper award, FAST
Distinguished alumni educator award
ACM SIGPLAN research highlights, PLDI
IEEE micro top picks in computer architecture, ASPLOS

News & Events

UChicago CS News

Concurrency Bug Research by Prof. Shan Lu Receives ASPLOS Influential Paper Award

Mar 29, 2022
UChicago CS News

ScaleStuds Project Receives $5 Million to Build Foundations for Massive Computation

Nov 19, 2021
UChicago CS News

Five UChicago CS Students Named to Siebel Scholars 2022 Class

Sep 23, 2021
UChicago CS News

PhD Student Chengcheng Wan Receives Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant

Jun 23, 2021
UChicago CS News

Ten Papers at CHI 2021 Flourish Frontiers of HCI Research at UChicago CS

May 11, 2021
Past Event

Fraser Brown (Stanford) – Eliminating Bugs in Real Systems

Apr 12, 2021
Past Event

Akshitha Sriraman (Michigan) – Enabling Hyperscale Web Services

Mar 02, 2021
UChicago CS News

UChicago CS Alums Go On To Exciting Futures in Academia, Industry, and Startups

Nov 24, 2020
UChicago CS News

Four UChicago CS Students Selected for Rising Stars Program

Oct 17, 2020
UChicago CS News

Three UChicago CS Students Receive Harper Dissertation Fellowships

Jun 03, 2020
UChicago CS News

New Concurrency Bug Approach From Shan Lu’s Group Wins Best Paper at SOSP

Nov 21, 2019
UChicago CS News

Professors Shan Lu and Heather Zheng Named ACM Distinguished Members

Nov 06, 2019
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