Karin is a researcher in Computer Architecture at Microsoft Research (MSR). She is also an affiliate associate professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington.
Her research lies at the intersection of computer architecture, systems, and biology. As traditional semiconductor scaling has started to slow down, Karin investigates alternative approaches to continue the improvement we have been seeing in computer systems over the last few decades, including hardware accelerators for machine learning, emerging memory technologies, and the use of biotechnology to the benefit of the IT industry.
Karin received her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007. During her studies, she has collaborated very closely with top-notch researchers at IBM Research, where she also worked on the Blue Gene project. After graduating, she worked for almost 2 years at AMD Research.