Distinguished Professor
(Formerly Child Family Professor and Past Chairman)
Fellow of the IEEE

Department of Computer Science
University of California
Davis, CA 95616, USA
Phone: +1-530-752-4826
E-mail: bmukherjee@ucdavis.edu
http://networks.cs.ucdavis.edu/bmukherjee.html

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Recent News

  • May 2019: B. Mukherjee wins the 2019 Academic Senate Distinguished Research Award. The tradition of the UC Davis Annual Faculty Lecture (given by the winner of the Faculty Distinguished Research Award) started in 1942; and in its 78-year history, Prof. Mukherjee is the first person of Indian origin, first computer scientist, and third engineering faculty selected for this honor. He is also recepient of the UC Davis Distinguished Teaching Award 2004. He is the only engineering faculty (and one of only three UCD faculty members in the entire UC Davis history) to have won both the Distinguished Research Award and the Distinguished Teaching Award. Related articles: Biswanath Mukherjee to deliver UC Davis Annual Faculty Lecture on June 4 and 2019 Academic Senate Distinguished Research Award. Link to the lecture.
  • July 2018: B. Mukherjee graduates PhD #75: Dr. Rafael Braz Reboucas Lourenco; Dissertation Title: “Providing Communication with Scarce Network Resources” (July 2018); Current Employer: Google. Other recent PhD graduates of Dr. Mukherjee: 74: Dr. Wei Wang (VMware China); 73: Dr. Abhishek Gupta (Amobee); 72: Dr. (Ms) Sifat Ferdousi (UC Davis postdoc); 71: Dr. (Ms) S. Sedef Savas (Big Switch); 71: Dr. (Ms) Divya Chitimalla (Akamai).
  • May 2018: Professor Biswanath Mukherjee's lab wins the 2018 Charles Kao Award for their paper “5G Fronthaul–Latency and Jitter Studies of CPRI Over Ethernet”, IEEE Journal of Optical Communications & Networking, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 172-182, Feb. 2017.
  • Dec. 2017: Professor Biswanath Mukherjee's lab wins the 2018 TAOS Best Paper Award for their paper “TDM EPON Fronthaul Upstream Capacity Improvement Via Traffic Classification and Sifting”, IEEE Global Communications Conference, 2017.
  • January 3-7, 2016: At 104th Indian Science Congress, inaugurated by the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India at Tirupati, India, B. Mukherjee convened two plenary sessions - one on "Cloud Computing & Virtualization" & another on "5G & IoT" - and gave plenary talks in both along with experts from industry, academe, and government.

  • May 2016: Received UC Davis International Community Building Award.
  • December 2015: Received IEEE Communications Society's inaugural Outstanding Technical Achievement Award "for pioneering work on shaping the optical networking area".

Major Contributions

  • First proposal/prototype for a network intrusion detection system (1990); today a $10B/yr industry. L. Todd Heberlein, B. Mukherjee, et al., “A Network Security Monitor (NSM),” Proc., 1990 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, pp. 296-304, Oakland, CA, May 1990.
  • First proposal/prototype for a filtering firewall (1990); today a $8B/yr industry. C. Kwok and B. Mukherjee, “Cut-through bridging for CSMA/CD Local Area Networks,” IEEE Transactions on Communications, vol. 38, pp. 938-942, July 1990.
  • Many contributions and books on Optical backbone network design, IP over optical, virtualization, etc. (1991 onwards).
  • First proposal/prototype for dynamic bandwidth allocation in Ethernet optical access networks (2002); over 100 million units deployed worldwide. G. Kramer, B. Mukherjee, and G. Pesavento, “IPACT: A dynamic protocol for an Ethernet PON,” IEEE Communications Magazine, vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 74-80, Feb. 2002.
  • First proposal to integrate optical and wireless networks (2007); basis for the upcoming multibillion-dollar 5G industry. Suman Sarkar, Sudhir Dixit, and Biswanath Mukherjee, “Hybrid Wireless-Optical BroadbandAccess Network (WOBAN): A Review of Relevant Challenges,” IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology, vol. 25, no. 11, Nov. 2007.

  • Keynote/Plenary Talks

    • June 4, 2019: "Rising Power of the Network User," UC Davis Annual Faculty Lecture, CA, USA. Link to the lecture.
    • May 13, 2019: "Rising Power of the Network User," 23rd Conference On Optical Network Design And Modelling (ONDM 2019), Athens, Greece.
    • July 19, 2018: "Rising Power of the Network User," DOE Mini-Symposium on Data over Distance: Convergence of Networking, Storage, Transport, and Software, Hanover, MD, USA.
    • June 20, 2018: "Rising Power of the Network User," European Conference on Networks and Communications (EuCNC) 2018, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
    • January 5, 2017: "Cloud Computing and Virtualization," Indian Science Congress, Tirupati, India.
    • January 5, 2017: "5G and IoT," Indian Science Congress, Tirupati, India.
    • September 24, 2016: "Disaster Resilience of Telecom Infrastructure," Chinacom, Chongqing, China.
    • September 13, 2016: "Disaster Resilience of Telecom Infrastructure," Reliable Networks Design and Modeling (RNDM) Conference, Halmstad, Sweden.
    • September 12, 2016: "Network Resilience for Massive Failures and Attacks," COST/RECODIS, Halmstad, Sweden.
    • March 4, 2016: "Network Adaptability to Combat Disaster Disruptions and Cascading Failures," National Communications Conference (NCC), IIT Gauhati, India.
    • February 29, 2016: Guest of Honor Lecture, Research Day, SRM University, Chennai, India.
    • March 25, 2015: "Network Adaptability from Disaster Disruption and Cascading Failures," Design of Reliable Computer Networks (DRCN) Conference, Kansas City, USA.
    • October 28, 2013: "Software-Defined Optical Networks (SDONs)," ETRI Annual Conference, Jeju, Korea.
    • April 18, 2013: "Panorama of Optical Network Survivability," Optical Network Design and Modeling (ONDM) Conference, Brest, France.
    • September 3, 2012: "Emerging Technology/Research Trends in Next Generation Optical Networks," Chief Guest and Inauguration Address, Faculty Development Program, SRM University, Chennai, India.

Awards and Honors

  • May 2018: Co-winner, Charles Kao Award (named after Nobel Laureate and Fiber Optic Pioneer Charles Kao) for the Best Paper in IEEE Journal on Optical Communications and Networks (JOCN) for the paper: “5G Fronthaul–Latency and Jitter Studies of CPRI Over Ethernet,” IEEE Journal of Optical Comms. & Net., vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 172-182, Feb. 2017.
  • Dec. 2017: Co-winner, IEEE Communications Society’s Transmission, Access, and Optical Systems (TAOS) Best Paper Award for IEEE Globecom 2017 Optical Networks and Systems (ONS) Symposium, for the paper: “TDM EPON Fronthaul Upstream Capacity Improvement Via Classification and Sifting,” Proc., IEEE Globecom 2017, Singapore, Dec. 2017.
  • May 2016: Winner, UC Davis International Community Building Award.
  • December 2015: Winner, IEEE Communications Society's inaugural (2015) Outstanding Technical Achievement Award "for pioneering work on shaping the optical networking area".

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