Title: “Networking Research in the Age of AI/ML: More Science, Less Hubris”
Speaker: Dr. Walter Willinger, Chief Scientist at NIKSUN, Inc.
Biography: Walter Willinger received the Dipl. Math. degree from the ETH Zurich and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University. He worked at Bellcore Applied Research and AT&T Labs-Research and is currently Chief Scientist at NIKSUN, Inc., a Princeton-based company developing industry-leading real-time and forensics-based cybersecurity and network performance solutions. An internationally recognized expert in the field of Internet measurement, Dr. Willinger has made pioneering contributions to the understanding of the temporal nature of real-world Internet traffic and the spatial structure of the physical and logical topologies of today’s Internet. The resulting groundbreaking insights have informed generations of researchers and engineers to design their new protocols, applications, and systems around facets of Internet behavior that do not change amidst an otherwise highly dynamic and uncertain environment. His research garnered the 1995 IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) W.R. Bennett Prize Paper Award, the 1996 IEEE W.R.G. Baker Prize Award, two ACM/SIGCOMM Test-of-Time Paper Awards (2005 & 2016), the 2023 Applied Networking Research Prize, and his paper “On the self-similar nature of Ethernet traffic” was featured in the 2007 IEEE ComSoc publication “The Best of the Best—Fifty Years of Communications and Networking Research”, as one of the most influential papers in communications and networking in the last half century. He is a Fellow of IEEE, ACM, AT&T, SIAM, and AAIA.