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Stefan Saroiu is a researcher at Microsoft, now in the Office of the CTO, Azure for Operators, and until 2020, at Microsoft Research. Stefan's research interests span many aspects of systems and networks although his most recent work focuses on systems security. Stefan's work has been published at top conferences in security, systems, networking, and mobile computing.

Stefan takes his work beyond publishing results. With his colleagues at Microsoft, (1) he is helping DRAM industry to address the threat of Rowhammer attacks once and for all, (2) he designed a methodology for testing cloud servers for the susceptibility to Rowhammer attacks, (3) he designed, deployed, and operated Microsoft Embedded Social, a cloud service aimed at user engagement in mobile apps that had 20 million users, (4) he designed the reference implementation of a software-based Trusted Platform Module (TPM) used in millions of smartphones and tablets, and (5) he designed and operated Zero-Effort Payments (ZEP), one of the first face recognition-based payment systems in the world.

Before joining Microsoft in 2008, Stefan spent three years as an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, and four months at as a visiting researcher where he worked on the early designs of their new shopping cart system (aka Dynamo). Stefan is an ACM Distinguished Member.

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Stefan Saroiu is a researcher and computer scientist, with a focus on systems and networking. He is an associate professor at the University of Toronto and a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems.

Dr. Saroiu received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004. His research interests include systems, networking, and distributed systems, with a focus on the design, implementation, and evaluation of large-scale distributed systems. He has published numerous papers in top-tier venues and has received several awards and honors for his research, including the ACM SIGCOMM Rising Star Award, the ACM Internet Measurement Conference Test of Time Award. He also served as an associate editor for several prestigious journals in the field of computer science.

Dr. Saroiu is also known for his work on the design, implementation, and evaluation of large-scale distributed systems, including content distribution networks, peer-to-peer systems, and distributed storage systems. He is particularly interested in understanding the trade-offs between performance, scalability, and dependability in these systems, and in developing techniques to improve their performance and dependability.