Keynote Speakers

  1. Hari Balakrishnan, Professor of Computer Science at MIT
  2. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras
  3. Jim Kurose, Professor of Computer Science at University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Short Bio of Hari Balakrishnan:

Hari Balakrishnan is the Fujitsu Professor of Computer Science at MIT and a Faculty Director of MIT's recently-launched Center for Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing (Wireless@MIT). His research is in networked computer systems, with current interests in networking, data management, and system software for a world of "truly mobile" wireless devices. Previous work includes the RON overlay network, the Chord distributed hash table, the Cricket location system, the CarTel mobile sensing system, cross-layer wireless protocols such as snoop TCP and SoftPHY, and an accountable Internet architecture (AIP). He has also contributed to verifiable Internet routing, congestion control, network security, and database systems.

He is an ACM Fellow, a Sloan Fellow, and an ACM dissertation award winner; he has received several best-paper awards, including the IEEE Bennett prize and the SIGCOMM "Test of Time" award. He is a co-founder of StreamBase Systems and is an advisor to Meraki Networks. He was educated at IIT Madras and UC Berkeley.

Title of the talk: Rethinking Data Transport for a Truly Mobile World

Keynote Date: 8th January, 2013

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Short Bio of Bhaskar Ramamurthi:

Dr. Bhaskar is currently the director of IIT Madras, India. He is a founding member of TeNeT, and he holds an M.S. (1982) and a Ph.D (1985) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. Image Coding using Vector Quantization, an area in which he did some of his early work, formed the subject of his doctoral thesis. Soon after obtaining his doctorate, he joined the AT&T Bell Laboratories, USA, where he worked on problems in indoor wireless communications.

In 1986, he joined the faculty at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M), his alma mater. He had earlier graduated from IIT-M in 1980 with a B.Tech in Electronics Engineering.

Title of the talk: SMart Communications for a Better Life

Keynote Date: 9th January, 2013

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Short Bio of Jim Kurose:

Jim Kurose is currently Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts. Professor Kurose has been a Visiting Scientist at IBM Research, INRIA, Institut EURECOM , the University of Paris, and Technicolor Research Labs. He has previously served in a number of campus administrative roles including Chair of the Department of Computer Science, and Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. His research interests include network protocols and architecture, network measurement, cyber-physical systems, multimedia communication, and modeling and performance evaluation.

Dr. Kurose has served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Communications and was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. He has served as Technical Program C-chair for IEEE Infocom, ACM SIGCOMM, ACM SIGMETRICS and the ACM Internet Measurement conference. He has won several conference best paper awards and received the ACM Sigcomm Test of Time Award. He has also received a number of awards for his educational activities, including the IEEE Taylor Booth Education Medal. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association, the NSF CISE advisory council, and the boards of several research institutes. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the ACM. With Keith Ross, he is the co-author of the textbook, Computer Networking, a top down approach, now in its 6th edition.

Title of the talk: Challenges in the Design and Analysis of Content Caching Networks

Keynote Date: 10th January, 2013

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