MoCA Lab 

"People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware" - Alan Kay

MoCA (Merced Computer Architecture) is a research lab of CSE department at UC Merced led by Dr. Hyeran Jeon. Our mission is to design energy-efficient, reliable and secure computer architectures and systems. The scope is not limited to micro-architecture level because performance and energy efficiency can be achieved from the smarter interaction between software and hardware.  As phasing into the domain-specific computing era, we are also exploring various emerging workloads (e.g., machine learning applications) to better support these new types of workloads in both software and hardware levels. Overall, the research motto of MoCA is greatly linked with the above quote of Alan Kay. MoCA is associated with HPCSA

PhD Students

Mujahid Al Rafi 

Research interest: 

Secure/Robust DNN Computing 

BS from CSE @ BUET

Yuan Feng 

Research interest: 

Multi-GPU Architecture  

MS from HPC @ U Edinburgh

Summer intern @ Alibaba Group

Master Students

Kevin Chau

Research interest: 

Power-efficient Autonomous Robots

BS from CS @ UC Berkeley

Undergraduate Students

Rodolfo Galvan Nunez

Research interest:

Power-efficient Autonomous Robots

CSE Undergrad @ UC Merced

UROC Undergraduate Research Award Recipient 

Visiting Scholars  

Umer Shahid UET Lahore/10xEngineers (Fall 2023-Spring 2024)


Ryan Zelek NVIDIA

Bilar Zafar 10xEngineers  

Rafi presented Decepticon paper at IISWC'23


Self-driving car (project Thor) demo on Sep. 15 2023 

Welcome Party in Fall 2021


Graduate Students

Hoa Nguyen first appointment @ MathWorks

Nigel Bernard first appointment @ Intuit

Shivam Tyagi first appointment @ Amazon

Danny Santoso first appointment @ SuperMicro

Deeksha Prakash Kankalale first appointment @ Samsung

Priyanka Subramanyam first appointment @ Lam Research

Prashanth Iyengar first appointment @ IGATE Global Solutions

Chethan Keshava  first appointment @ Intel

Aajna Karki first appointment @ Western Digital

Spoorthi Mysore Shivakumar first appointment @ Microsemi Corporation

Meera Ramesh first appointment @ NVIDIA

Bhushan Muthiyan first appointment @ Wave Computing 

Sindhuja Elango first appointment @ Synopsys

Shilpa Srinivasan first appointment @ Intel

Swetha Ravi first appointment @ Wave Computing

Undergrad Students

Yash Sharma (Fall 2021)

Yingshi Liu (Summer 2021)

Aman Kaur (Summer 2021)

Aishwaria Rangasamy (REU Summer Intern 2022)

Xavier Ybarra (REU Summer Intern 2022)

Kevin Espinoza (Spring 2023)

K-12 Students

Jun Choe (Carlmont High, Summer 2023)