I am a PhD student under the supervision of Lorenzo Alvisi in the LASR group (since 2015) where I am kindly funded by a Google Doctoral Fellowship in Distributed Computing and a Doctoral Harrington Fellowship. I am currently a visiting academic 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 interned at INRIA Paris (2016) under Gilles Muller in the WHISPER team, at Microsoft Research Redmond with Phil Bernstein in the DMX group (2015), at Imperial College London, with Peter Pietzuch and Eva Kalyvianaki (2012), 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). Before that, I worked on the JMEDS Framework for Web Services in Materna GmBH (2010). An even longer time ago, I took the French Bac, Scientific Section (2008).

My CV is available here (Last Updated: February 2017).


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


November 2017 Invited to the program committee of PaPoC 2018

August 2017 Invited to the Rising Stars Workshop in Stanford

July 2017 Invited to the program committee of ICDCS 2018, Dependability Track

April 2017 Paper "Seeing is Believing: A client-centric specification of database isolation levels" will appear at PODC 2017

February 2017 Paper "Tebaldi: Taking modular concurrency control to the next level!" will appear at SIGMOD 2017

January 2017 Paper "I Can't Believe It's Not Causal: Causal Consistency at Scale" will appear at NSDI 2017


Journals and Book Chapters

Technical Reports

Workshops & Posters


I have been a teaching assistant/supervisor for the following courses:



I am fortunate to have received the following awards, who 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: 17/12/17