Kristy Gardner

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Computer Science Department
Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002

Office: 405 Seeley Mudd Building
Phone: 413-542-5428



COSC-111: Introduction to Computer Science I

COSC-211: Data Structures


COSC-111: Introduction to Computer Science I (Fall 2017)

COSC-311: Algorithms (Fall 2017)

Slides on TA responsibilities (from 2/1/18 TA training session)


My research focuses on performance modeling: developing mathematical solutions that predict system performance and inform system design. While my work is largely theoretical, I draw my research topics from the problems that arise in practice in computer systems. One common performance metric is latency---the time from when a job arrives to the system until it completes service---and providing low latency is a key goal of most systems. To do this, we need to answer questions such as "how many servers does our system need?", "how should we disptch jobs to servers?", and "in what order should we schedule jobs to run?" My work involves designing dispatching and scheduling policies and mathematically analyzing these policies to predict their performance. One of my particular interests is in developing theoretical models of computer systems that accurately capture important features of real systems without sacrificing analytical tractability.

My publications

Links for summer research students


Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, 2017
M.S., Carnegie Mellon University, 2015
B.A., Amherst College, 2012