Short Biography


I grew up in Cologne, Germany. In 1981 - 1982, I studied History and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne. From 1982-1987, I studied Computer Science at the University of Erlangen, where I received a Diplom-Informatiker degree (with distinction). In Fall 1987, I continued studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where I received the PhD degree in Computer Science in December 1991. During 1990 and 1991 I did my dissertation work partly at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. In January 1992, I became a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Computer Science Division at the University of California, Berkeley. In Fall 1992, I joined the Computer Science Department at the University of Virginia where I went through the ranks of Assistant, Associate and Full Professor. From 1997-1998, I was an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering of Polytechnic University (now Polytechnic Institute of NYU). In Fall 2005, I joined the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Toronto as the Nortel Chair of Network Architecture and Services.

  • IEEE Fellow (class of 2008) "for contributions to the design and analysis of computer networks and their protocols".
  • TCCC Outstanding Service Award, IEEE Communications Society, 2006.
  • NSF Research Initiation Award in 1993, NSF CAREER Award in 1996.
  • University of Virginia Teaching and Technology Fellow 1995-1996, Virginia Engineering Foundation (VEF) Faculty Fellow, 2002-2005.
  • Editorial boards: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking (1999-2005, steering committee 2004-2005), IEEE Network (1997-2003), ACM/Springer Multimedia Systems (2001-2005), Real-Time Systems Journal (1996-2003), and Cluster Computing (1998-2004), Computer Communications (1999-2005).
  • Editor in Chief: IEEE Network (1999-2000)
  • Chair of 16th IEEE Workshop on Computer Communications (CCW'01), Co-chair of  the 10th International workshop on Quality of Service (IWQoS 2002), Program Co-Chair of the 11th IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP 2003), Co-General Chair of 5th ACM International Conference on emerging Networking EXperiments and Technologies (ACM CoNEXT 2009), Co-General Chair of ACM SIGCOMM 2011.
  • Program committee member of many conferences on networking and related areas (Infocom, Sigmetrics, ACM Multimedia, Sigcomm, ICNP, IWQoS, RTSS, etc.)
  • Co-organizer of ACM Sigcomm Workshop on Networking Education, 2002 and 2003.
  • Elected to IEEE Communications Society Board of Governors for 2003-2005.
  • Internet2 Network Research Liaison Council (2002-2007).
  • Vice-Chair of Communications Society of Internet Technical Committee (ITC), 2006-2007.
  • Chair of Communications Society Technical Committee on Computer Communications (TCCC), 2004-2005.
  • Member of IEEE ComSoc, IEEE Computer, ACM Sigcomm, ACM Sigmetrics.
  • Co-author of Best Student Paper Award at ACM Sigmetrics 2005 (with F. Ciucu and A. Burchard).
  • Co-author of  textbook “Mastering Networks: An Internet Lab Manual”, (with M. El Zarki), Addison-Wesley, 2003.
  • Married to Almut Burchard.