Visiting Researcher - Katia Obraczka

Katia Obraczka is an expert in computer networks, distributed systems, and Internet information systems. Her research focuses on the design, evaluation, implementation, and deployment of protocols for internetworks consisting of wired as well as wireless networks, where her contributions span different layers of the protocol stack, from the medium-access control to the application layer.

The Labex UCN@Sophia has supported two one-month visits at the DIANA project-team, in July 2017 and during summer 2018 to work on in particular in the decentralization of the SDN control plane applied to Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS).

Katia Obraczka is Professor of Computer Engineering and Graduate Director at Department of Computer Engineering, UC Santa Cruz where she leads the Internetworking Research Group (i-NRG). She obtained a PhD in Computer Science in 1994 from University of Southern California, and a M.S. in Computer Science in the same University in 1990 and another M.S. in Computer Engineering in 1987 from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Before joining UCSC, she was a research Scientist at USC's Information Sciences Institute (ISI) and had a joint appointment at USC's Computer Science Department. Katia Obraczka has been a PI and a co-PI in a number of projects sponsored by government agencies (e.g., NSF, DARPA, NASA, ARO, DoE, AFOSR) as well as industrila stakeholders (e.g., Cisco, Google, Nokia). In 2014 she became Fellow of the IEEE for contributions to energy-efficient protocols and routing in wireless networks.

With Thierry Turletti (Inria), she was the co-PI of the associated team "COMMUNITY: Message Delivery in Heterogeneous Networked Environments" between her group and the PLANETE project-team at Inria between 2009 and 2014. This collaboration was very fruitful with the design of communication protocols for delay tolerant networks and programmable (SDN) networks for both infrastructure and infrastructureless environments.