Chair, IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on the Internet;
Founding Director, The Hariri Institute for Computing, Boston University
Azer Bestavros (PhD'92, Harvard U) is a Professor in the Computer Science Department at Boston University, which he joined in 1991 and chaired from 2000 to 2007. He is the chair of the IEEE Computer Society TC on the Internet, and the Founding Director of the BU Hariri Institute for Computing, which was set up in 2010 to "create and sustain a community of scholars who believe in the transformative potential of computational perspectives in research and education." He is the recipient of the 2010 United Methodist Scholar Teacher Award in recognition of "outstanding dedication and contributions to the learning arts and to the institution" and of the ACM Sigmetrics Inaugural Test of Time Award for research "whose impact is still felt 10-15 years after its initial publication." His research contributions include pioneering the push web content distribution model adopted years later by CDNs, seminal work on Internet and web characterization, and work on formal verification of networks and systems. Funded by over $18M of grants from government agencies and industrial labs, his research yielded 14 PhD theses, 4 issued patents, 2 startup companies, and hundreds of refereed papers that are cited over 6,000 times. His current research projects focus on mechanism design for efficient and secure cloud computing and on formal verification of cyber-physical systems. For more information, check: http://www.cs.bu.edu/~best/.