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title: blue is a Systems Research Group
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We design, build, and evaluate novel computer systems. Our motto is putting
people before projects before papers.
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<h1 class="tighttop">blue is a Systems Research Group</h1>
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We design, build, and evaluate novel computer systems.
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We are currently working on smartphones, today's most pervasive mobile
technology.
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Our research aims to make smartphones more useful, safer, and more
sustainable.
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But our primary goal is training computer scientists and our primary
product is people.
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We try to align everything in service of that goal, which results in
putting <strong>people before projects before papers.</strong>
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<strong>Putting people first.</strong>
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Our primary job is training future researchers and developers.
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Lab members are here to learn.
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Students come up with new ideas, develop prototype systems, evaluate
them, and then communicate their results to the broader scientific
community.
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Along the way they are developing analytical and leadership abilities to
bootstrap a successful career in technology.
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<strong>Putting people before projects.</strong>
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Group members choose and lead projects that excite them.
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Projects proceed at a pace that benefits members' personal development.
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Along the way, we are careful not to miss opportunities to allow group
members to learn and grow.
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Sometimes this means development doesn't always happen as fast as
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<a href="/papers/">Papers <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-pencil" aria-hidden="true"></span></a>
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<strong>Putting projects before papers.</strong>
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We work on interesting projects with potential for impact&mdash;not just
ones that might quickly produce publications.
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When we discover something interesting, publishing is our chance to share
it with the world.
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We don't work on projects to publish papers&mdash;we work on projects
because we're curious about what happens when we try something new.
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<h2>Together In the Lab</h2>
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<a href="/">blue</a> is fortunate to have a single lab large enough
to house all current group members.
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We work in
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<a href="http://www.buffalo.edu/buildings/building?id=davis">Davis Hall</a>
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Room 301B, also know as the PhoneLab.
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All group members&mdash;faculty, administrators, graduate students
and undergraduates&mdash;work side-by-side in our lab.
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This arrangement is inspired by the organization of groups like the
Berkeley <a href="https://amplab.cs.berkeley.edu/">AMP Lab</a>, as
well as the organization of typical startups and technology
companies.
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Working together allows for spontaneous collaboration and problem
solving.
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Group members are asked to be present in the lab during certain hours
to facilitate interaction.
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New members find it easy to get started since there are always more
experienced developers nearby.
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Many group discussions that take place in the lab have benefited from
being overheard by group members that were not directly engaged in the
project.
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It also just ends up being a lot of fun!
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