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Distinguished Lecture Series

Networks Capable of Change


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Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 11:00am


Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Rexford


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Jennifer Rexford is the Gordon Y.S. Wu Professor of
Engineering and the Chair of Computer Science at Princeton
University.  Before joining Princeton in 2005, she worked
for eight years at AT&T Labs--Research.  Jennifer received
her BSE degree in electrical engineering from Princeton
University in 1991, and her PhD degree in electrical
engineering and computer science from the University of
Michigan in 1996. Her research focuses on computer
networking. She is co-author of the book "Web Protocols and
Practice" (Addison-Wesley, 2001) and co-editor of the book
"She's an Engineer?  Princeton Alumnae Reflect" (Princeton
University, 1993).  Jennifer received the ACM Grace Murray
Hopper Award for outstanding young computer professional,
the ACM Athena Lecturer Award, the NCWIT Harrold and Notkin
Research and Graduate Mentoring Award, the ACM SIGCOMM award
for lifetime contributions, and the IEEE Internet Award.
She is an ACM Fellow, an IEEE Fellow, and a member of the
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy
of Engineering, and the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Rexford's personal page

Location : Via Zoom

Event Type: Distinguished Lecture Series

Abstract: The early designers of the Internet fosteredtremendous innovation by leaving much of the network’sfunctionality to the programmable computers at itsperiphery. Unfortunately, the *inside* of the network hasbeen much harder to change. Yet, changing the network isimportant to make the Internet more reliable, secure,performant, and cost-effective. The networking researchcommunity has struggled for many years to make networks moreprogrammable. What has worked, and what hasn't, and whatlessons have we learned along the way? This talk offers myperspective on these questions, through a 25-yearretrospective of research on programmable networks, focusingon my own research experiences as well as reflections onmajor trends in the field. The talk advocates a sort of“ambitious pragmatism” that approaches an ambitiouslong-term goal (a programmable network infrastructure)through smaller, pragmatic steps while keeping an eye on theprize.


Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences

Contact  Host: Prof. Srinivas Narayana Ganapathy

Zoom link: https://rutgers.zoom.us/j/97690591138?pwd=bUMwWDV2S08zdndjU3BmNEp1QUFHQT09