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Pierre Francois

Staff Researcher at Institute IMDEA Networks


Dr. Pierre Francois is a Staff Researcher at Institute IMDEA Networks since September 2011. He received his B.Sc. in Economics and Management Science from the Facultés Notre Dame de la Paix in Namur, Belgium, where he also holds a Masters in Computer Science. He obtained his Ph.D. from Université catholique de Louvain in 2007. His main topics of interest are notably IP Routing scaling and convergence, Network management, and Internet Routing economics.


Zhi-Li Zhang

Visiting Researcher at Institute IMDEA Networks

Chair of Excellence at University Carlos III of Madrid

Qwest Chair Professor at University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, USA)


Zhi-Li Zhang received the B.S. degree in computer science from Nanjing University, China, in 1986 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the University of Massachusetts, in 1996.  In 1997 he joined the Computer Science and Engineering faculty at the University of Minnesota, where he is currently the Qwest Chair Professor in Telecommunications. Prof. Zhang has held visiting positions at various universities and industrial research labs including University of California, Berkeley; AT&T Research; IBM T.J. Watson Research Center; Microsoft Research (Asia and Redmond, WA, USA), Narus Inc; Sprint Advanced Technology Lab; INRIA, France. He is currently a  “Cátedras De Excelencia” Visiting Professor at  UC3M and a visiting research scientists at IMDEA, Networks.
Prof. Zhang's research interests lie  broadly in computer communication  and networks, Internet technology, multimedia and emerging applications. His past research was centered on the analysis, design and development of scalable Internet QoS solutions to support performance-demanding multimedia applications. His current research thrusts focus primarily on i) building  highly scalable, resilient and secure Internet infrastructure and mechanisms to enhance Internet service availability, reliability and security; and on ii) developing  next-generation, service-oriented, manageable Internet architectures to provide better support for creation, deployment, operations  and management of value-added Internet services and underlying networks. 
Prof. Zhang has served on the Editorial board of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, Elsevier's Computer Network, an International Journal, and Chinese Academy of Science's Journal of Computer Science and Technology. He was Technical Program Co-chair of IEEE INFORM 2006 and ACM/USENIX Internet Measurement Conference (ACM/USENIX IMC'08), has served  on the  Technical Program Committees of various conferences and workshops including ACM SIGCOMM, ACM SIGMETRICS, ACM/USENIX IMC, IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE ICNP and CoNext. He received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 1997. He has also been awarded the prestigious McKnight Land-Grant Professorship and George Taylor Distinguished Research Award at the University of Minnesota, and the Miller Visiting Professorship at Miller Institute for Basic Sciences, University of California, Berkeley. Prof. Zhang is co-recipient of an ACM  SIGMETRICS best paper award, an IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP) best paper award, and an IEEE INFOCOM best paper award. He is a member of IEEE and ACM, and a Fellow of IEEE.
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