Alex Afanasyev

Florida International University (FIU); Networking, Security, NDN, ICN

Alex Afanasyev is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information and Computing Sciences at Florida International University. He received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from UCLA in 2013. His research focus is on the next-generation Internet architecture as part of the Named Data Networking (NDN) project. His research interests include a variety of topics that are vital for the success of NDN, including scalability of name-based routing, auto-configuration, distributed data synchronization, application and network security. He is also leading the development effort of the overall NDN codebase.

Jeff Burke


Jeff Burke is Executive Director of the Center for Research in Engineering, Media and Performance (REMAP), a collaborative center of the School of Theater, Film and Television (TFT) and Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA. He is also Assistant Dean for Technology and Innovation at TFT, where he has been on the faculty since 2003. As a faculty administrator at one of the premier programs of its kind, his role is to develop and implement strategy for advancing TFT as a global leader in interdisciplinary innovation at the intersection of new digital platforms, technology, visual storytelling, and performance.

Jason Cong

UCLA; Customizable Computing, AR

Jason Cong received his B.S. degree in computer science from Peking University in 1985, his M.S. and Ph. D. degrees in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987 and 1990, respectively. Currently, he is a Chancellor’s Professor at the Computer Science Department of University of California, Los Angeles, the Director of Center for Domain-Specific Computing (funded by NSF Expeditions in Computing Award), and the director of VLSI Architecture, Synthesis, and Technology (VAST) Laboratory. He served as the chair of the UCLA Computer Science Department from 2005 to 2008, and is currently serving as an Associate Vice Provost for Internationalizaton since 2009.

Mario Gerla

UCLA; Wireless, VANET

Mario Gerla holds the Engineering degree from the Politecnico di Milano, Italy and the Ph.D. degree from UCLA. He became IEEE Fellow in 2002. As a Graduate Student at UCLA, he was part of the team that worked on the early ARPA Network system and protocols under the guidance of Prof. Leonard Kleinrock. After four years at Network Analysis Corporation in NY, he joined the UCLA Faculty in 1976. At UCLA he has designed network protocols including ad hoc wireless clustering, multicast (ODMRP and CODECast) and Internet transport (TCP Westwood). He has lead the ONR MINUTEMAN project, designing the next generation scalable airborne Internet for tactical and homeland defense scenarios. He is now leading several advanced wireless network projects under Industry and Government funding. His team is developing a Vehicular Testbed for safe navigation, content distribution, urban sensing and intelligent transport. Parallel research activities are wireless medical monitoring using smart phones and cognitive radios in urban environments. He has served on several Conference Program Committees including MobiCom, MobiHoc, MedHocNet and WONS. He is on the IEEE TON Scientific Advisory Board.

Songwu Lu

UCLA; Wireless, SDR, Cloud

Songwu Lu is Professor in Computer Science Department at University of California, Los Angeles. I am leading Wireless Networking Group (WiNG) at UCLA. My research interests include wireless networking, mobile systems, cloud computing and wireless and Internet security. Prior to UCLA, I graduated with a Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1999.

Satyajayant (Jay) Misra

NMSU; Security & Privacy, Wireless, NDN, ICN

Jay Misra is an associate professor in computer science at New Mexico State University (NMSU). He received his Ph. D. in computer science from Arizona State University, in 2009 and his integrated M.Sc. (Tech.) information systems and M.Sc. (Hons.) physics degrees from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India, in 2003. His research interests include algorithm and protocol design and development for anonymity, security, and survivability in networks, namely the future Internet, in supercomputing, and IoT/CPS architectures. He has over 50 peer-reviewed publications in several prestigious venues. He served on the editorial board of the IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials and is currently an editorial board member of the IEEE Wireless Communication Magazine (feature editor).

Lixia Zhang

UCLA, Project Lead; Networking, NDN, ICN

Lixia Zhang is a full professor of Computer Science at UCLA. She received her PhD from MIT in 1989, MS from California State University, Los Angeles in 1981, and BS from Heilongjiang University, China in 1976. She was a member of the research staff at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center from 1989-1995. She is an ACM and IEEE fellow and recipient of the 1994 Xerox Excellence in Science and Technology Award and 2009 IEEE Internet Award. She holds the UCLA Jon Postel Chair in Computer Science, and has authored more than 250 papers on networking. She was the original designer of the standard protocol RSVP. In the past, she served as Vice Chair of ACM SIGCOMM and member of the Internet Architecture Board. Since 2010, she has served as the lead PI of the NDN project.