Where Do I Come From?

(Short one-page bio in pdf format) – Last updated April 2012.

I grew up in a suburb of Paris, France, called Saint Cloud and went to high school 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 was entitled "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 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 joined the department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in October 1998 as the Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of Telecommunications Networks.

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 have been Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking since July 2009. I received the 2009 IEEE TCCC Outstanding 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, and Program co-Chair, together with Olivier Bonaventure, of the 2007 ACM CoNEXT conference and I am currently serving as the chair of the CoNEXT Steering Committee. I also was on ACM SIGCOMM's Technical Advisory Committee from 2001 till 2005.

I served on the Scientific Advisory Board (Conseil Scientifique) of France Telecom for two consecutive terms from 2001 till 2006, and on Samsung's Technical Advisory Board in 2003 and 2004. I joined the Scientific Advisory Board of Simula in 2010.