Charith Mendis


I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to that, I was a visiting faculty researcher at Google Brain. My broad interests are at the intersection of compilers, program optimization and machine learning. I lead the ADAPT lab. Our current work is focused on two main fronts.

Office: 4118, Siebel Center for Computer Science
201 N. Goodwin Ave., Urbana IL 61801
Email: charithm (at)

Research Opportunities

ADAPT lab has opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. If you are a student who is passionate about building high performance ML optimization or compilation techniques or is passionate about automated compiler construction techniques using either machine learning or formal methods, please be in touch with me.

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Undergraduates or Master's students at UIUC: Please include a CV, an up-to-date transcript, and your programming experience. The subject line should contain the word "prospective undergraduate/master's researcher" to indicate these instructions have been read. Please note that, since we are doing systems work at least 2 semesters worth of commitment is required to get fruitful results (e.g. a publication) out of your experience. Also, I will not agree to supervise any final year Master's students.

Prospective PhD students: First, you must apply and gain admission to the graduate program in Computer Science at UIUC. You should mention me as a potential advisor in your application as well as in your personal statement. Once you apply, you can optionally send me an email with subject "prospective PhD student". If you are admitted, then I'm happy to discuss supervision.


Apr 27, 2024 We released the TGLite framework for programming temporal GNNs. Check out its code and the documentation.
Feb 24, 2024 SPADE is recognized with a IEEE Micro Top Picks Honorable Mention.
Jan 18, 2024 PI Mendis receives NSF CAREER Award.
Nov 20, 2023 Dias accepted at SIGMOD 2024! Congratulations to Stefanos Baziotis for leading this effort! Please checkout the code and play around with Dias.
Nov 07, 2023 3 papers conditionally accepted at ASPLOS 2024! Congrats to all authors!


I am truly thankful for the sponsors of our research at the ADAPT lab. In particular, we are partially funded by the ACE center, one of the seven centers in JUMP 2.0, a Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) program sponsored by DARPA, by National Science Foundation (NSF) and through generous gifts from Google, Intel and Qualcomm.