I am a 4th year PhD Candidate in Computer Science at University of California, Irvine, advised by Sangeetha Abdu Jyothi. Prior, I completed my B.S in Computer Science at Texas A&M University, where I had the pleasure to work with James Caverlee. I am broadly interested in developing machine learning solutions for computer networks and systems, working to address performance, explainability and safety. I also love coffee and hiking tall mountains.

Email: sagarRAND.patelRANDO@uciRANDOM.edu

Curriculum vitae


Towards Future-Based Explanations for Deep RL Network Controllers

Sagar Patel, Sangeetha Abdu Jyothi, Nina Narodytska

ACM SIGMETRICS Performance Evaluation Review, 2023

CrystalBox: Future-Based Explanations for Input-Driven Deep RL Systems

Sagar Patel, Sangeetha Abdu Jyothi, Nina Narodytska

The 38th Annual AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-24)

Plume: A Framework for High Performance Deep RL Network Controllers via Prioritized Trace Sampling

Sagar Patel, Junyang Zhang, Sangeetha Abdu Jyothi, Nina Narodytska

arxiv (preprint), 2023


Towards Future-Based Explanations for DRL Controllers

SIGMETRICS Workshop on Measurements for Self-Driving Networks

Jun 2023

VMware Research

Aug 2022


Ph.D. in Computer Science

University of California, Irvine

Sep 2020 โ€” Present

M.S in Computer Science

University of California, Irvine

Sep 2020 โ€” Jun 2022

B.S in Computer Science

Texas A&M University

Aug 2017 โ€” May 2020


Professional Experience

VMware Research, Palo Alto

Research Intern

Jun 2023 โ€” Sep 2023

Research Intern

Jun 2022 โ€” Sep 2022

Teaching Experience

University of California, Irvine

Teaching Assistant

Sep 2020 โ€” Present

CS 201P: Computer Security

Spring 2024

CS 256: Systems and ML

Fall 2022

ICS 45C: Programming in C/C++

Spring 2021, Winter 2021

ICS 32: Python Libraries

Fall 2020, Summer 2021, Spring 2023

Texas A&M University

Peer Teacher

Aug 2019 โ€” Dec 2019

CSCE 121: C++ Libraries

Fall 2019

CSCE 206: Programming in C

Fall 2019


American Red Cross

Mar 2024 โ€” Present

ACM HotNets 2024

Jan 2024 โ€” Present

Venado Middle School, Irvine Unified School District

Oct 2023 โ€” Present

By Any Means, UC Irvine

Volunteer at OC Food bank and The Hub OC

Jan 2023 โ€” Present

Save Our Youth, Costa Mesa

Jan 2023 โ€” Jun 2023


Aug 2020 โ€” Present

Memorial Assistance Ministries, Houston

Aug 2020 โ€” Dec 2020