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James Mickens

James Mickens

Excellence. Quality. Science. These are just a few of the words that have been applied to the illustrious research career of James Mickens. In the span of a few years, James Mickens has made deep, fundamental, and amazing contributions to various areas of computer science and life. Widely acknowledged as one of the greatest scholars of his generation, James Mickens ran out of storage space for his awards in 1992, and he subsequently purchased a large cave to act as a warehouse/fortress from which he can defend himself during the inevitable robot war that was prophesied by the documentary movie “The Matrix.” In his spare time, James Mickens enjoys life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, often (but not always) in that order, and usually (almost always) while listening to Black Sabbath.


Professional Activities

  • FAST 2016: Program committee
  • SoCC 2015: Program committee
  • HotCloud 2015: Program committee
  • CoNEXT 2014: Program committee
  • SOCC 2014: Program committee
  • SOSP 2013: Program committee, poster committee
  • NSDI 2013: Program committee
  • USENIX WebApps 2012: Program committee
  • FAST 2012: Program committee, WiP chair
  • CoNEXT 2011: Poster committee
  • OSDI 2010: Diversity Workshop co-chair
  • ICPP 2010: Program committee
  • SOSP 2009: Diversity Workshop co-chair
  • SIGMETRICS 2009: Registration chair

Miscellaneous Excellence

  • At SOSP 2011, the Atlantis paper received the Audience Award for Best Presentation! See the talk here:
  • An independent, professional reporter has offered an unprecedented view into my exhilarating, high-stakes lifestyle as a Microsoft researcher:
  • On July 1, 2013, I gave an invited talk in the industry session of the IEEE Conference on Mobile Services.
  • I have written several humor columns for USENIX's online magazine! Please read these articles and apply their deep genius to your life.
  • I recently did an interview with the NSF. I explained my detailed, infallible opinions on a variety of topics, and now I'm waiting for my Nobel Prize to show up:
  • Read this article if you'd like to hear me describe my childhood while I make serious faces for a professional photographer. [FYI, I am available to be a high-priced model for yachts, caviar refrigerators, and any other product that is associated with class, elegance, and me being paid the salary of a high-priced model.]
  • On May 5, 2014, I gave an invited presentation at the Monitorama conference. This presentation, entitled "Computers are a Sadness, I am the Cure," is essential viewing for anyone who has ever lived in any historical period on earth: If you have not lived in any historical period on earth, WHO ARE YOU AND WHY ARE YOU READING MY WEB PAGE QUESTION/STATEMENT.