Patrick P. C. Lee

Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, CUHK
Address: Room 108, Ho Sin Hang Engineering Building
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Shatin, Hong Kong
Email: pclee at

Patrick P. C. Lee received the B.Eng. degree (first-class honors) in Information Engineering from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2001, the M.Phil. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2003, and the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Columbia University in 2008. He was a postdoctoral researcher at University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2008-2009. He is now an Associate Professor of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He currently heads the Applied Distributed Systems Lab and is working very closely with a group of graduate students on different projects in networks and systems. He was a collaborator with Alcatel-Lucent in developing network management solutions for 3G wireless networks in 2007-2011. His research interests are in various applied/systems topics including storage systems, distributed systems and networks, operating systems, dependability, and security.

August 2017: I am broadly interested in distributed systems research. My main focus is to build dependable storage systems, with emphasis on fault tolerance, recovery, security, and performance. I am exploring practical mechanisms that can address the dependability of different types of storage architectures including clouds, data centers, disk arrays, SSDs, and memory. I recently also focus on building distributed stream processing systems to support real-time and fault-tolerant analytics (e.g., data synopsis, data mining, machine learning, etc.) for continuous data streams. An open question is to design and implement a dependable storage backend that seamlessly supports upper-layer distributed stream processing systems.

Teaching in Fall 2017: CSCI4180 Introduction to Cloud Computing and Storage (Accessible within the CUHK network only)