Where Do I Come From?

Short one-page bio in pdf format - Last updated July 2018.

Long CV - Last updated August 2020.

I grew up in a suburb of Paris, France, called Saint Cloud and attended the Cours Hattemer in Paris before going to Franklin (École Saint Louis de Gonzague), also in Paris.

I did my undergraduate studies at ENST, Paris, and actually spent my last year in Toulouse in the South-West of France in the Satellite Communications Systems department (don't ask me why, but it was fun). I did my undergraduate thesis on "Jamming Resistant Multiple Access Methods for Satellite Systems."

After finishing my undergraduate studies, I attended Caltech, where I received both my MS (1984) and Ph.D. (1986) from the Electrical Engineering department. My Ph.D. was supervised by Prof. Edward Posner and my thesis was titled "Queueing and Traffic in Cellular Radio".

After graduating from Caltech, I joined the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, where I worked on many aspects related to quality of service in broadband networks for over 12 years. When I left IBM in 1998 I was the manager of the Network Control and Services department (sample of projects I was involved in while at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center). I then started my academic career in the Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania as the Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of Telecommunications Networks. In July 2013, I joined the department of Computer Science and Engineering at Washington University in Saint Louis as the Harold B. and Adelaide G. Welge Professor as well as its new department chair.

In 2001, I co-founded Ipsum Networks (that eventually morphed into Iptivia) with Raju Rajan, a former colleague from my days at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, and spent the next two years at Ipsum on part-time leave of absence from Penn and acting as its CEO. Ipsum pioneered the development of Layer 3 Management, which offers scalable and real-time visibility into the behavior (and problems) of IP networks, and allows rapid root-cause analysis and resolution of the often complex issues that commonly plague IP networks. I returned full-time to Penn in the Fall of 2004.

I was elected IEEE Fellow in January 2001 and served as a Member-at-Large on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Communications Society until the end of 2002. I was an editor for the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking and the IEEE Transactions on Communications, served as the chair of the Technical Committee on Computer Communications of the IEEE Communications Society from 1997 to 1999, and was the General Chair of the IEEE INFOCOM'98 conference. I served as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking from 2009 till 2013. I received the 2009 IEEE TCCC Outstanding Service Award and the 2010 IEEE INFOCOM Achievement Award for "Pioneering Contributions to the Theory and Practice of QoS in Networks."

I became an ACM Fellow in 2006, served as the Editor of the ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review (CCR) until the end of 2001 and returned as an area editor for CCR from 2005 to 2006. I was Program co-Chair of the ACM SIGCOMM'2001 conference and General Chair of the ACM SIGCOMM 2005 Conference, Program co-Chair with Olivier Bonaventure of the 2007 ACM CoNEXT conference, and Program co-Chair of the ICNP 2020 conference with Peter Steenkiste. I served as member and then chair of the CoNEXT Steering Committee until the end of 2012. I also was on ACM SIGCOMM's Technical Advisory Committee from 2001 till 2005 and on the ACM Publications Board from 2013 to 2018. Last but not least, I was elected chair of ACM SIGCOMM in June 2017 and will be serving in that capacity till June 2021.

I served on the Scientific Advisory Board (Conseil Scientifique) of France Telecom for two consecutive terms from 2001 till 2006, on Samsung's Technical Advisory Board in 2003 and 2004, on the Scientific Advisory Board of Simula from 2010 until 2013, and on the Scientific Advisory Board of SITI (University Lusofona) from 2012 till 2016. I joined the Scientific Committee of the Laboratory of Information, Networking and Communication Sciences (LINCS) in 2013.