INFOCOM 2016 Keynote Address

Professor Leonard Kleinrock
Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at UCLA


Brief Biography

Professor Leonard Kleinrock is Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at UCLA. He laid out the mathematical theory of packet networks, the technology underpinning the Internet as an MIT graduate student in 1962.  His UCLA Host computer became the first node of the Internet in September 1969 from which he directed the transmission of the first Internet message. Kleinrock received the 2007 National Medal of Science, the highest honor for achievement in science bestowed by the President of the United States.

Leonard Kleinrock received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1963. He has served as Professor of Computer Science at UCLA since then, serving as department Chairman from 1991-1995. He received a BEE degree from CCNY in 1957 and an MS degree from MIT in 1959. He has published over 250 papers and authored six books in areas including packet switching networks, packet radio networks, local area networks, broadband networks, nomadic computing, performance evaluation, intelligent agents and peer-to-peer networks. He has supervised the research for 48 Ph.D. students.
Dr. Kleinrock is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, is an IEEE fellow, an ACM fellow, an INFORMS fellow, an IEC fellow, an inaugural member of the Internet Hall of Fame, a Guggenheim fellow, and a founding member of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council. Among his many honors, he is the recipient of the National Medal of Science, the Ericsson Prize, the NAE Draper Prize, the Marconi Prize, the Dan David Prize, the Okawa Prize, the IEEE Internet Millennium Award, the ORSA Lanchester Prize, the ACM SIGCOMM Award, the NEC Computer and Communications Award, the Sigma Xi Monie A. Ferst Award, the CCNY Townsend Harris Medal, the CCNY Electrical Engineering Award, the UCLA Outstanding Faculty Member Award, the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, the INFORMS President's Award, the ICC Prize Paper Award, the IEEE Leonard G. Abraham Prize Paper Award, the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, the SIGMOBILE 2014 Outstanding Contributions Award, and the IEEE Harry M. Goode Award.

Professor Mario Gerla 
Professor of Computer Science at UCLA

Brief Biography

Dr. Mario Gerla is a Professor in Computer Science at UCLA. During his Ph.D. program at UCLA he worked on early ARPANET protocols under Prof. Leonard Kleinrock. Since joining the UCLA Faculty in 1976, he has contributed to several network designs including wireless (ODMRP and CODECast) and Internet transport (TCP Westwood). He has lead the ONR MINUTEMAN project (2001-2006), designing the next generation scalable airborne Internet. He has developed at UCLA a Vehicular Testbed for safe navigation and intelligent transport. He was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2002 and was recently recognized with the MILCOM Award (2011), the IEEE Ad Hoc and Sensor Network Award (2011) and the Sigmobile Life Achievement Award (2015)