Ardalan Amiri Sani

Email: ardalan at rice dot edu

Phone: 281 854 5007

Office: Duncan Hall room #3040

About Me

Research Interests

  • Virtualization

  • Operating systems

  • Mobile computing

  • Wireless system design


  • Ardalan Amiri Sani, Kevin Boos, Min Hong Yun, and Lin Zhong, "Rio: A System Solution for Sharing I/O between Mobile Systems," in Proc. ACM MobiSys, June 2014. Best Paper Award. (PDF) (video demo)

  • Ardalan Amiri Sani, Kevin Boos, Shaopu Qin, and Lin Zhong, "I/O Paravirtualization at the Device File Boundary," in Proc. ACM ASPLOS, March 2014. (PDF) (source code)

  • Ardalan Amiri Sani, Zhiyong Tan, Peter Washington, Mira Chen, Sharad Agarwal, Lin Zhong, and Ming Zhang, "The wireless data drain of users, apps, & platforms, " in ACM MC2R, October 2013. (PDF)

  • Ardalan Amiri Sani, Sreekumar Nair, Lin Zhong, and Quinn Jacobson, "Making I/O Virtualization Easy with Device Files," Technical Report 2013-04-13, Rice University, April 2013. (arXiv)

  • Hang Yu, Ahmad Rahmati, Ardalan Amiri Sani, Lin Zhong, Jehan Wickramasuriya and Venu Vasudevan, "Data Broadcasting using Mobile FM Radio: Design, Realization and Application," in Proc. ACM UbiComp, September 2011. (PDF)

  • Ardalan Amiri Sani, Wolfgang Richter, Xuan Bao, Trevor Narayan, Mahadev Satyanarayanan, Lin Zhong, and Romit Roy Choudhury, "Opportunistic Content Search of Smartphone Photos," Technical Report TR0627-2011, Rice University, June 2011. (arXiv)

  • Xuan Bao, Trevor Narayan, Ardalan Amiri Sani, Wolfgang Richter, Romit Roy Choudhury, Lin Zhong, and Mahadev Satyanarayanan, "The Case for Context-Aware Compression," in Proc. ACM HotMobile, March 2011. (PDF)

  • Ardalan Amiri Sani, Lin Zhong, and Ashutosh Sabharwal, "Directional Antenna Diversity for Mobile Devices: Characterizations and Solutions," in Proc. ACM MobiCom, September 2010. (PDF)

  • Ardalan Amiri Sani, Hasan Dumanli, Lin Zhong, and Ashutosh Sabharwal, "Power-Efficient Directional Wireless Communication on Small Form-Factor Mobile Devices," in Proc. ACM/IEEE ISLPED, August 2010. (PDF)

  • Hasan Dumanli, Ardalan Amiri Sani, Lin Zhong, and Ashutosh Sabharwal, "BeamSwitch: System Solution for Energy-Efficient Directional Communication on Mobile Devices," Technical Report 0616-09, Rice University, June 2009.

  • Stephen So, Ardalan Amiri Sani, Lin Zhong, Frank Tittel, and Gerard Wysocki, "Laser Spectroscopic Trace-Gas Sensor Networks for Atmospheric Monitoring Applications," in Proc. IPSN Wrkshp. Sensor Networks for Earth and Space Science Applications (ESSA), April 2009.

Selected Posters

  • Ardalan Amiri Sani, Sreekumar Nair, Kevin Boos, Lin Zhong, Quinn Jacobson, "Devirtualization: I/O Virtualization Based on Device Files," in USENIX OSDI, October 2012.


  • Lin Zhong, Hasan Dumanli, Ashutosh Sabharwal, Ardalan Amiri Sani, "Directional Communication on Mobile Device", under review for US Patent (Patent Application Tech Id. 2009-44;17500/004001).

Professional Activities



  • HTC G1 kinetic sensor data traces (11 users, each one week)(2.2GB, used in Mobicom 2010 paper "Directional antenna diversity for mobile devices: characterizations and solutions")(released September 2010)