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28. PIS Prof. Anja Feldmann: The Internet: A fascinating (research) object

27 Apr 2017   16:00


The Internet is a hugely successful, human made artifact that has changed the society fundamentally. We will survey the history and state of the art of the Internet by pointing out a number of surprises in terms of our mental models of the Internet that we have developed over the years. Next, we will focus on the evolution of the Internet in terms of (a) managing services rather than individual network components and (b) overcoming the architectural limitations of the Internet.

In this context we will discuss methods for detecting Internet infrastructure outages, for extending software-defined networking concepts to wireless networking, and for achieving predictable performance in distributed systems. We will end with an outlook on how we may evolve the Internet to tackle the future challenges of ubiquitous data availability from sensors and devices everywhere.


Anja Feldmann is a full professor at the TU Berlin, Germany, since 2006. Her research interests include Internet measurement, traffic engineering and traffic characterization, network performance debugging, intrusion detection and network architecture. She has published more than 60 papers and has served on more than 50 program committees, including as Co-Chair at ACM SIGCOMM, ACM IMC, and ACM HotNets. From 2009 to 2013 she was the Dean of the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering department of TU Berlin, Germany. From 2000 to 2006 she headed the network architectures group first at Saarland University and then at TU München. Before that she was a member of AT&T Labs - Research in Florham Park, NJ. She received a M.S. degree from the University of Paderborn, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Carnegie Mellon University. She is a member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the BBAW, and the supervisory board of SAP SE. She is a recipient of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Preis 2011 and the Berliner Wissenschaftspreis 2011.


The seminar will take place on the 4th Thursday of each month at 4:00pm (except June, July, August and December) alternately in the buildings of Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University, Karlovo nám. 13, Praha 2 and Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, Malostranské nám. 25, Praha 1.

Its program will consist of a one-hour lecture followed by a discussion. The lecture should be based on an (internationally) exceptional or remarkable achievement of the lecturer, presented in a way which is comprehensible and interesting to a broad computer science community. The lectures will be in English.
The seminar framework was laid out by the preparatory committee consisting of Michal Chytil (Czech Academy of Sciences, Computer Science Institute), Pavel Kordík (Czech Tech. Univ., Faculty of Information Technologies), Jan Kybic (Czech Tech. Univ., Faculty of Electrical Engineering), Michal Pěchouček Czech Tech. Univ., Faculty of Electrical Engineering), Jiří Sgall (Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics), Vojtěch Svátek (University of Economics, Faculty of Informatics and Statistics), Michal Šorel (Czech Academy of Sciences,Institute of Information Theory and Automation), and Filip Železný (Czech Tech. Univ., Faculty of Electrical Engineering)

The idea to organize this seminar emerged in discussions of the representatives of several research institutes on how to avoid the undesired fragmentation of the Czech computer science community.

S5, MFF UK, Malostranské nám. 25, Praha 1
Přípravný výbor PIS
Contact person
Veronika Šínová, sinova@fel.cvut.cz, 224 35 7667
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