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CEMSE Dean's Distinguished Lecture | Disaster Resilience of Telecom Infrastructure

Start Date: May 4, 2016
End Date: May 4, 2016

Professor Biswanath Mukherjee, Distinguished Professor, University of California, Davis
To combat the rising risk of disasters (e.g., hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, flooding, etc.) against our national/global interests and economic wellbeing - events which could lead to a domino effect of catastrophic failures of telecommunications, power, transportation, financial, and other critical infrastructures - novel methods are needed to provide protection in our information and communication networks. Topics such as the following will be discussed in this talk: normal preparedness, enhanced preparedness, degraded service under resource crunch, content connectivity (vs. network connectivity) due to the increasing deployment of cloud services, correlated cascading failures in interdependent networks, etc.

Biography: Biswanath Mukherjee is Distinguished Professor at University of California, Davis, where he has been a faculty member since 1987 and was Chairman of Computer Science during 1997-2000.  He received the BTech degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (1980) and PhD from University of Washington, Seattle (1987).  He was General Co-Chair of the IEEE/OSA Optical Fiber Communications (OFC) Conference 2011, Technical Program Co-Chair of OFC'2009, and Technical Program Chair of the IEEE INFOCOM'96 conference.  He is Editor of Springer's Optical Networks Book Series.  He has served on eight journal editorial boards, most notably IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking and IEEE Network.  In addition, he has Guest-Edited Special Issues of Proceedings of the IEEE, IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, and IEEE Communications.To date, he has supervised 64 PhDs to completion and currently mentors 18 advisees, mainly PhD students.  He is winner of the 2004 Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award and the 2009 College of Engineering Outstanding Senior Faculty Award at UC Davis.  He is co-winner of ten Best Paper Awards from various conferences, including Optical Networking Symposium Best Paper Awards at IEEE Globecom 2007 and 2008.  He is author of the graduate-level textbook Optical WDM Networks (Springer, January 2006).  He served a 5-year term on Board of Directors of IPLocks, a Silicon Valley startup company (acquired by Fortinet).  He has served on Technical Advisory Board of several startup companies, including Teknovus (acquired by Broadcom).  He is founder of Ennetix and Skydoot, two startup companies incubated at UC Davis.  He is winner of the IEEE Communications Society's inaugural (2015) Outstanding Technical Achievement Award "for pioneering work on shaping the optical networking area".  He is an IEEE Fellow.

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Date:  Wednesday 4 May 2016
Time: 12:00 - 13:00
Location: Building 9, Lecture Hall II Room 2325
Light Lunch  will be served at 11:30