Network Convergence in the Future Internet
Professor Biswanath Mukherjee
University of California, Davis

Brief Bio

Biswanath Mukherjee holds the Child Family Endowed Chair Professorship at University of California, Davis, where he has been since 1987, and served as Chairman of the Department of Computer Science during 1997 to 2000. He received the B.Tech. (Hons) degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, in 1980, and the PhD degree from University of Washington, Seattle, in 1987.

He served as General Co-Chair of the Optical Fiber Communications (OFC) Conference 2011, and as Technical Program Co-Chair of OFC 2009. He served as the Technical Program Chair of the IEEE INFOCOM '96 conference. He is Editor of Springer's Optical Networks Book Series. He serves or has served on the editorial boards of eight journals, most notably IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking and IEEE Network. He is Steering Committee Chair of the IEEE Advanced Networks and Telecom Systems (ANTS) Conference, and served as General Co-Chair of ANTS in 2007 and 2008.

Mukherjee is co-winner of the Optical Networking Symposium Best Paper Awards at the IEEE Globecom 2007 and IEEE Globecom 2008 conferences. He won the 2004 UC Davis Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award. He won the 2009 UC Davis College of Engineering Outstanding Senior Faculty Award.

To date, he has supervised to completion the PhD Dissertations of 46 students, and he is currently supervising approximately 20 PhD students and research scholars. He is author of the textbook "Optical WDM Networks" published by Springer in January 2006.

He served a 5-year term as a Founding Member of the Board of Directors of IPLocks, Inc., a Silicon Valley startup company. He has served on the Technical Advisory Board of a number of startup companies in networking, most recently Teknovus, Intelligent Fiber Optic Systems, and LookAhead Decisions Inc. (LDI).

Mukherjee is a Fellow of the IEEE.


The Future Internet is expected to demonstrate network convergence across multiple dimensions: convergence among access/metro/core network segments; convergence among optical and wireless technologies; and convergence among the physical, network, and services layers, including energy-conservation issues. Such an integrated converged network platform can support efficient end-to-end service delivery, so the Future Internet should combine different network technologies under a unified control and management framework. Important R&D problems across the above dimensions will be discussed in this presentation.