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Dr. Krishan Sabnani

Krishan Sabnani is a prominent networking researcher and leader with a worldwide reputation. He is currently Vice President of Networking Research at Bell Labs. He manages all networking research at Bell Labs, comprising ten departments in six countries: USA, France, Germany, UK, India, and Belgium.  Krishan has conceived and launched numerous systems projects in the areas of internetworking and wireless networking.

His successful transfers of research ideas to products in Alcatel-Lucent and AT&T business units have had a major positive impact on the business.  Krishan has also conducted extensive personal research in data and wireless networking. He made major contributions in the communications protocols area. For example he designed the SNR, RMTP, and Airmail protocols. He also made significant contributions to conformance test generation, protocol validation, automated converter generation, and reverse engineering.

Krishan received the 2005 IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award and the 2005 IEEE W. Wallace McDowell Award. He is a Bell Labs Fellow and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). He received the Leonard G. Abraham Prize Paper Award from the IEEE Communications Society in 1991.

Krishan received the 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi, India. He also won the 2005 Thomas Alva Patent Award from the R&D Council of New Jersey. He also received President of India's Gold Medal from IIT Delhi  and the Institution of Engineers’ (India) Gold Medal both for 1975. He holds 40 patents and has published more than 70 papers.

Krishan received his B. Tech. in electrical engineering from IIT Delhi in 1975, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Columbia University, New York, in 1981. He joined Bell Labs in 1981.



Dr. K. K. Ramakrishnan

Dr. Ramakrishnan joined AT&T Bell Labs in 1994 and has been with AT&T Labs-Research since its inception in 1996. Prior to 1994, he was a Technical Director and Consulting Engineer in Networking at Digital Equipment Corporation. Between 2000 and 2002, he was at TeraOptic Networks, Inc., as Founder and Vice President.

A DMTS at AT&T Labs-Research, K. K. is involved in several technical and strategic activities in networking and information distribution. He has published nearly 150 papers and has over 90 patents issued. K.K’.s current work is on a range of topics including information distribution, multimedia content distribution and protocols designed to be robust against failures and losses across multiple layers.

K.K. is an IEEE Fellow and an AT&T Fellow, recognized for his contributions to communications networks, including congestion control, traffic management and VPN services. His work on the “DECbit” congestion avoidance mechanism was recognized in the 1995 retrospective issue of ACM Sigcomm Computer Communication Review as one of the 16 most important papers published over the previous 25 years in ACM Sigcomm publications. The work once again received the ACM Sigcomm Test of Time Paper Award in 2006.

K.K. has been on the editorial board of the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking and IEEE Network Magazine and has been a member of the National Research Council Panel on Information Technology for NIST. He is the General Chair and Technical Program Chair of several recent workshops and conferences on communications and protocols. He has participated in numerous standards bodies working on communication networks.

K. K. received his MS from the Indian Institute of Science (1978), an MS (1981) and Ph.D. (1983) in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA.




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