We are very excited to announce the second list of “10 women in networking/communications that you should know”. Many people from around the world submitted one or more nominations for this list, and it was difficult to choose only 10 amazing women. We focused on women who have had a major impact in networking and/or communications. We also wanted a list that represented our diversity, e.g., diversity in the area of networking/communications and, thus, chose the list accordingly.
For 2016, in alphabetical order by last name, here are 10 women in networking/communications that you should know!
Charles Batchelor Professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University
As director of the Lightwave Research Laboratory, Keren Bergman leads multiple research programs on optical interconnection networks for advanced computing systems, data centers, optical packet-switched routers, and chip multiprocessor nanophotonic networks-on-chip.
“She has pioneered the area optical networks based on silicon photonics and played a critical role in today’s revolution of photonics for supercomputer applications” – Michal Lipson, Columbia University
Founder and director of the Center for Applied Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA)
Kimberly Claffy’s research interests span Internet topology, routing, security, economics, future Internet architectures, and policy. She leads CAIDA research and infrastructure efforts in Internet cartography, aimed at characterizing the changing nature of the Internet’s topology, routing and traffic dynamics, and investigating the implications of these changes on network science, architecture, infrastructure security and stability, and public policy.
“Kc is a pioneer in the area of macroscopic Internet measurements. She is a visionary who built a world-class research organization, the Center for Applied Internet Data Analysis, with the overarching mission of making the best possible Internet data available to the research community. Her seminal work on measurement, analysis, visualization and sharing of Internet data, and studies of the economics and policy aspects of the Internet inspire researchers worldwide.” – Amogh Dhamdhere, CAIDA
Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor at MIT
Dina Katabi’s works on wireless networks, network security, traffic engineering, congestion control, and routing. She draws on advanced mathematical models to deliver practical network solutions, and have a particular interest in adapting tools from various fields of applied mathematics such as control theory, coding theory, and machine learning to solve problems in computer networks.
“Professor Katabi has done pioneering research on the use of Wi-Fi and related RF technologies for sensing – such as detecting the location and movements of people behind walls, respiration rate, and even emotions. She used similar techniques in co-developing a strong and creative solution to protect legacy implanted medical devices from cyberattack. Her work never ceases to amaze, for its depth and creativity.”– David Kotz, Dartmouth College
INRIA Senior Researcher, INRIA-Rennes France
Anne-Marie Kermarrec’s research interests span peer to peer distributed systems, epidemic algorithms, content-based search in large-scale overlay networks, collaborative storage systems, search, collaborative filtering, social networks, Web Science. She is also the CEO and co-founder of Mediego.
“She has provided an instrumental contribution to the fields of peer-to-peer distributed systems, content-based search in large-scale overlay networks, and collaborative storage systems. She’s the recipient of an ERC grant for the GOSSPLE project, among other prestigious sources of funding. She’s a Senior Researcher at Inria and the CEO and founder of Mediego.” – Katia Jaffres-Runser, Université de Toulouse
Sr. Director, Public DNS at Salesforce
Allison Mankin’s research focuses on DNS security and privacy. She led research projects on DNS security, application and transport security, standards and testbeds, many under DARPA and NSF support. Past contributions include co-leading the IETF design effort that resulted in IPv6. She’s been active in the IETF since its start, including serving a total of 10 years on the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).
“Allison has been a guiding light and technology anchor in the IETF, co-managing both the Transport and IPng areas as well as chairing the nominations committee, and soon the IRTF. She has mentored generations of new IETF participants, including myself. The Internet has benefited greatly from her careful guidance in the areas of voice over IP, congestion friendly transport protocols, IPv6, as well as many others.” – Scott Bradner
Professor at University of Cambridge
Cecilia Mascolo’s research interests rotate around mobile and sensor systems, mobility modeling, mobile applications, mobile data analysis. We have worked on systems to improve efficiency of mobile and wearable devices, sensing systems, models able to cater for spatio-temporal aspects related to human mobility. Applications have been in the areas of recommendation, behavior intervention, health, urban design, organization analytics and zoology.
“Cecilia has done seminal work in distributed and mobile systems, especially on social network analysis and sensing all sorts of contexts from location to emotion.” – Tristan Henderson, University of St Andrews, Scotland
CTO – Evangelist New Frontiers Development and Engineering at Cisco
Monique Morrow’s specialties are networking technology, grid, cloud computing, intercloud-federation, Internet of Things, M2M security and E-Health, semantic web, and business development. Her current focus in on the intersection between research – economics-technology to portfolio, e.g. Circular and Exponential Economies.
“Monique Morrow is the CTO of New Frontiers Engineering at Cisco. Focused on the intersection between economics, technology, and research, she is defining mechanisms and marketplace scenarios for cloud federation constructs to include security. Monique has consistently demonstrated the willingness and courage to take risks and explore new market opportunities. These innate qualities are part of her DNA and are of great value to all the global organizations with which she is involved. She is a highly motivated professional who is inspirational to those around her, and a pleasure to work with. Monique has won several Influential Women and Global Achievers Awards, and is listed as one of the top 50 most inspiring women in Europe for 2016. Monique has co-authored and edited several influential books, amongst them the defining “The Internet of Women – Accelerating Culture Change”, which was recently published.” – Mark de Jongh, River Publishers
Staff Engineer at Google
Konstantina Papagiannaki is a researcher in computer networks, mobile systems, and data analysis. Her scientific work, cited more than 7000 times according to Google scholar, is often associated with significant progress in the areas of network traffic classification, forecasting of network traffic, network data analytics, security, self-organizing wireless local area networks, and centralized wireless local area networks.
“Dina has made substantial contributions to the way we understand and manage traffic in networks today. Despite spending her entire career in industry, she has helped lead the academic community’s efforts in traffic measurement and classification, with a particular focus on techniques that address the practical constraints found in operational networks.” – Alex Snoeren, University of California, San Diego
Tier 1 Canada Research Chair, University of Waterloo
Catherine Rosenberg’s Research Interests are in wireless networks (heterogeneous cellular networks, MAC protocols, sensors and mesh networks, resource management, mobility and power management, WLANS, interference management) and energy systems (smart grids, storage, renewable, modeling, optimization, data analysis).
“Prof. Rosenberg has contributed in the last two decades to the evolution of mobile networks. Her work on user scheduling, user association and resource allocation is recognized worldwide.” – Razvan Stanica, INSA Lyon
Professor at Georgia Tech
Ellen Zegura’s research concerns the development of wide-area (Internet) networking services and mobile wireless networking. Her focus is on services implemented both at the network layer, as part of network infrastructure, and at the application layer. In the context of mobile wireless networking, she is interested in challenged environments where traditional ad-hoc and infrastructure-based networking approaches fail. These environments have been termed Disruption Tolerant Networks.
“Ellen led early work in Internet topology modeling (e.g., the GT-ITM tool) and disruption-tolerant networking (e.g., the first DTN protocol stack, message ferries, and throw-boxes). Ellen was elected an IEEE Fellow in 2011, elected to the CRA Board of Directors in 2011. She was Editor-in-Chief of IEEE/ACM ToN from 2003 to 2005. Ellen is co-creator of Compute for Good at Georgia Tech, a project-based education and research effort that applies computing to help solve societal problems.” – Jennifer Rexford, Princeton University