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Luis Ceze

Venture Partner

Luis Ceze joined Madrona as a Venture Partner in early 2018.

Luis is co-founder and CEO at OctoML, a University of Washington spin-out that aims to make efficient and secure machine learning accessible to everyone and every hardware target.

Luis is an award-winning professor of computer science at the University of Washington, where he joined the faculty in 2007. His research focuses on the intersection of computer architecture, programming languages, molecular biology, and machine learning. At UW, he co-directs the Molecular Information Systems Lab where they are pioneering the technology to store data on synthetic DNA and in exploring novel uses of DNA nanotechnology. He also co-directs the SAMPL Lab, which focuses on hardware/software co-optimization for machine learning, and where the TVM deep learning compilation and optimization stack started. He is a recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, a Sloan Research Fellowship, a Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship, the IEEE TCCA Young Computer Architect Award and UIUC Distinguished Alumni Award. He is a member of the DARPA ISAT and MEC study groups.

Luis also has a track record of entrepreneurship. He spent the summer of 2017 with Madrona and has been a vital partner as we have evaluated new ideas and companies for several years. In 2008, Luis co-founded Corensic, a Madrona backed, UW-CSE spin-off company.

Education and Extracurricular

Luis is from São Paulo, Brazil, where it drizzles all the time, just like Seattle. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his B.Eng. and M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering from University of São Paulo, Brazil. In his “free” time, he pursues the art of cooking. And eating. He is also an art fan, VR and drone enthusiast. According to his life partner, Karin Strauss, his sense of color matching for clothing is random.