April 2019: My former student, Soumya Sen, is now a recently promoted and tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Information Systems & Decision Sciences at the Carlson School of Management of the University of Minnesota, and furthermore was named a 2019 McKnight Presidential Fellow at the University of Minnesota. Quoting from their website, “The McKnight Presidential Fellows Program is a three-year award given to the most promising individuals who have been granted both tenure and promotion to associate professor in an academic year. It recognizes recipients who are recommended by their college dean and chosen at the discretion of the executive vice president and provost based on excellence in research and scholarship, leadership, potential to build top-tier programs, and ability to advance University of Minnesota priorities.” Congratulations to Soumya and well-deserved.
March 2019: I just attended Google's 2019 Networking Research Summit in Sunnyvale, CA. I truly enjoyed it, both in terms of the technical presentations and the opportunities for hallway discussions with old (well, not that old) and new colleagues alike.
March 2019: I received a Google Faculty Research Award for work on “Minimum Capacity Inter-Data Center Networks with Service Guarantees.” I am looking forward to working on the problem in collaboration with our Google sponsor, Henry Sariowan.
December 2018: I gave a keynote talk titled “Network Technology Adoption – Why It Is Hard” at the First Internet Architecture and Technology Conference in Chengdu (the home of the panda research center).
October 2018: Behnaz Arzani, one of my former Ph.D. students co-advised with Boon Thau Loo and currently a post-doctoral researcher at Microsoft Research was named one of 10 N2Women: Rising Stars in Computer Networking and Communications. Congratulations to Behnaz and well-deserved.
August 2018: The 2018 ACM SIGCOMM conference was successfully held in Budapest, Hungary. Thanks to Sergey Gorinsky and János Tapolcai for a great organization. If you go to the conference Program page, you will find links to the papers and their slides as well as streamed videos from all the sessions. Enjoy!
August 2018: I attended the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit in Redmond, WA. There were many interesting presentations. I was particularly interested by the panel on “Intelligent Edge” that both reviewed Microsoft focus in that area and presented a number of perspectives on the topic. Also of interest was the announcement of the upcoming release of the Open Network Emulator, and of the reintroduction of Microsoft faculty Fellowships. During the Summit I also had a brief “Researcher in the Hall” discussion describing some of the work we are doing at WashU.
July 2018: I attended the 2018 CRA Conference at Snowbird. The conference is held every two years and brings together most of the leadership of the North American computing research community. This year's edition included a number of interesting panels including on teaching faculty, diversity in recruiting, recruiting initiatives and best practices, ranking, etc.
June 2018: I gave a talk at the LINCS 2018 Workshop on the work done with Ph.D. student Jiayi Song titled “Pricing and Bidding Strategies for Cloud Computing Spot Instances.”
June 2018: The paper “Shared or Dedicated Infrastructures? On the Impact of Reprovisioning Ability” co-authored with Soumya Sen, Xinxin Li, and Kartik Hosanagar, was just accepted for publication in MIS Quarterly.
May 2018: I attended the NSF Workshop on Cloud Economics held at Stanford University on May 16-17, 2018. It was an exciting forum on this important topic and a report documenting the outcome of the workshop should be coming out later this year. Thanks to David Irwin (UMass) and Bhuvan Urgaonkar (PennState) for organizing the workshop.
November 2017: The paper “Opinion formation in Ising networks,” co-authored with M.H. Afrasiabi and S. Venkatesh was published in the Online Social Networks and Media Journal (Vol. 5, March 2018, pp. 1-22). The paper offers a possible explanation, arguably using a stylized model, for the emergence of highly polarized partisan's outcomes when party affiliation has a strong influence in how we weigh others opinions.
October2017: The paper titled “A Statistical Exploration of Protocol Adoption.” co-authored with M. Nikkhah, A. Mangal, and C. Dovrolis was published in the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, Vol. 25, No. 5, October 2017. The paper analyzes data from a body of IETF standards (RFCs) to try to identify factors that contribute to the success (or failure) of proposed standards.
May 2017: The paper titled “Pricing and Bidding Strategies for Cloud Computing Spot Instances” co-authored with Jiayi Song was presented at the Smart Data Pricing Workshop. The paper explores the role of spot pricing in cloud computing, and in particular under what conditions the availability of a (variable) spot pricing service can increase the cloud providers' revenue when compared to an offering that only includes a fixed price on-demand service.