David Chiu
Chair and Associate Professor of Computer Science
University of Puget Sound
Office: Thompson Hall 390B
Email: dchiu@pugetsound.edu
Ph: (253) 879-2853
David Chiu

Research Interests

My research interests intersect topics in cloud computing and data management. I'm working with collaborators on several problems involving sustainable computing and data centers. Specifically, we're involved in understanding the data center's role in dynamic energy markets. We are also exploring the tradeoffs between energy, performance, and utilization costs for HPC and data-intensive processing. Finally, I'm passionate about CS education, and specifically, how we can help introductory students think critically about their algorithms before diving into implementation.

Current Projects

(See: Conference Publishing Standards for Computer Science from CRA and National Academies of Sciences)

Power Management


Bitmap Indexing for Data-Intensive Processing


Completed Projects

Modeling and Resource Allocation for Data-Intensive Cloud Applications


Elastic Cloud Caching for Accelerating Data-Intensive Applications


Mining Data Streams


Automatic Service Planning in Cloud/Grid Environments


Education Technologies and CS Pedagogy

  • D. Chiu and S. Wallace. On the Science in Computer Science: Integrating Research Preparedness in Undergraduate CS. In the Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges. Vol 29(1). 2013.
  • D. Chiu. On Teaching Computer Science: Thoughts and Advice for TAs. ACM XRDS. 15(2), 2008.
  • D. Chiu and P. S. Wang. An Approach for Interoperable and Customizable Web-based Mathematics Education. In Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Web-based Education. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. 2006. (Best Student Paper Finalist)
  • D. Chiu. WME Site Organization and Customization Support. In Proceedings of the Conference on Information Technology in Education. Elizabethtown, PA. 2004. (Best Student Paper Award)
  • M. Mikusa, P. S. Wang, D. Chiu, X. Lai, and X. Zou. Web-based Mathematics Education Pilot Project. In Proceedings of the Conference on Information Technology in Education. Elizabethtown, PA. 2004.
  • D. Chiu. Web-based Mathematics Education with MathChat. In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Information Technology: Coding and Computing (ITCC'04). Las Vegas, NV. 2004. (Best Student Paper Award)
  • D. Chiu, Y. Zhou, X. Zou, and P. S. Wang. Design, Implementation, and Processing Support of MeML. In Proceedings of the ACM ISSAC Workshop on Internet Accessible Mathematics Computation (IAMC'03), Philadelphia, PA, USA. July 2003.

PhD Dissertation

Research Students

Below is a list of my (former) research students and a half-hearted effort to track where they currently are.

  • Sarah McClain (current)
  • Sarah Walling-Bell (current)
  • Jared Polonitza (BS'19)
  • Jack Burns (BS'18), Loopie Seattle
  • Christine Li, Student at Columbia University
  • Patrick Ryan (BS'18), T-Mobile Bellevue
  • Rachel Hirsch (BS'17), Student at Colorado State University
  • Chili Johnson (BS'17)
  • Alexia Ingerson (BS'16), Intel
  • Brandon Roberts (BS'16), Milliman
  • Ben McCamish, (MS'15), Professor at Washing State University
  • Miles Histand (BS'14) Daimler
  • Gabriel Dunham (BS'14), Plexsys
  • Sean Lim (BS'14), Dell EMC
  • Helena Lucia (BS'14), Cox Automotive
  • Bo Wang (MS'14), Microsoft
  • Eriko Otsuka (MS'14), Clark College
  • Fredton Doan (MS'13), Clark County Washington
  • Farhana Kabir (MS'12), HP
  • Travis Hall (MS'12), VMware

Research Awards

  • Best Paper Finalist, 5th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Big Data Computing, Application, and Technologies, 2018
  • Research Achievement Award, University of Puget Sound, 2017
  • Best Poster Award, Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges, Northwest Region, 2015
  • Best Student Paper Finalist, International Conference on Web-based Education, 2005
  • Best Student Paper, IEEE International Conference on Coding and Computing, 2004
  • Best Student Paper, Conference on Information Technology in Education, 2004
   Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
University of Puget Sound
1500 N. Warner St
Tacoma, WA 98416