I am a final year PhD student under the supervision of Lorenzo Alvisi in the LASR group where I am funded by a Google Doctoral Fellowship in Distributed Computing and a Harrington Doctoral Fellowship. I am currently a visiting researcher at Cornell University.

Previously, I was a student at MPI-SWS under the supervision of Allen Clement and at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Steven Hand in the Systems Research Group. I also obtained my undergraduate degree in Cambridge.

In the more or less distant past, I worked at INRIA under Gilles Muller in the WHISPER team (2016, Paris-France), at Microsoft Research with Phil Bernstein in the DMX group (2015, Redmond-USA), at Imperial College, with Peter Pietzuch and Eva Kalyvianaki (2012, London-UK), in the Large-Scale Distributed Systems Group and at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems in the Dependable Systems Group under the supervision of Rodrigo Rodrigues and Allen Clement (2011, Saarbruecken-Germany). Before that, I worked on the JMEDS Framework for Web Services in Materna GmBH (2010, Dortmund-Germany). An even longer time ago, I took the French Baccalaureate (2008). I am originally from the lovely area of Belleville, in Paris.

My CV is available here (Last Updated: June 2019).


My main interests lie in distributed systems, distributed computing and databases. I am specifically interested in looking at consistency and security in the context of large-scale geo-distributed systems.


June 2019 I will be joining UC Berkeley as an assistant professor in Fall 2020

March 2019 Invited to the program committee of OPODIS'19

February 2019 Invited to the program committee of VLDB 2020

November 2018 Invited to the program committee of PaPoC 2019

September 2018 Invited to the program committee of ICDCS 2019, Dependability Track


Journals and Book Chapters

Technical Reports

Workshops & Posters


I was the lead instructor (lecturer) for the following courses:

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I am fortunate to have received the following awards, which have supported me financially and logistically over the course of my undergraduate and graduate studies

September 2016 Microsoft Fellowship for Women in Computer Science (2016-2017) (Microsoft Research)

September 2015 University of Texas Harrington Fellowship (2015-2020) (University of Texas at Austin)

September 2014 Google Doctoral Fellowship in Distributed Computing (2014-2017) (Google)

June 2012 Redgate Prize for Best CS Undergraduate Student (Part II) (University of Cambridge)

June 2012 Gloucester Research Prize for Best CS Undergraduate Dissertation (University of Cambridge)


Drop me an email if you'd like to chat

Email: ncrooks at cs dot utexas dot edu

Last Updated: 30/07/19