Towsley receives prestigious IEEE award

Photo: Distinguished Professor Don Towsley

Distinguished Professor Don Towsley is the recipient of one of the IEEE’s most prestigious honors, the 2007 IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award. The IEEE Board of Directors chose Towsley for his fundamental contributions to the theory and practice of computers and communication networks.

Towsley’s work has significantly furthered the integration of computers and communications systems. His many papers have focused on developing frameworks for the modeling, analysis, and measurement of computer systems and networks. In the 1980s, Towsley developed some of the early models of distributed computer systems and parallel processing systems with a particular focus on scheduling. In the early to mid 90s, he developed a framework for analyzing the performance of reliable multicast protocols that eventually led to the recognition of the significant potential of forward error correction to improve performance. In the late 90s, Towsley greatly advanced the design, modeling, and analysis of IP networks through the use of fluid models and the application of control theory to the study of TCP. At the same time, he also developed a statistical framework for network tomography based on the use of end-to-end measurements.

An IEEE and ACM Fellow, Towsley serves as Chair of the IFIP Working Group 7.3 on Performance Modeling and Measurement, and Editor-in-Chief of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. He holds five patents and has published over one hundred papers in journals. He has received numerous awards, including the IEEE Communications Society William Bennett Theory Best Paper Award. Towsley obtained a B.A. in Physics from the University of Texas in Austin in 1971 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas in Austin in 1975. He is currently the co-Director of the Computer Networks Research Group.

The IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award was established by the IEEE Board of Directors in 1986 for outstanding contributions to the integration of computers and communications. The Award is named in honor of Dr. Koji Kobayashi, who has been a leading force in advancing the integrated use of computers and communications. The award consists of a bronze medal, certificate and honorarium.