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Prof. Ken Birman

Cornell University
N. Rama Rao Professor of Computer Science
Ken is a serial entrepreneur and a professor of computer science at Cornell University, where he has worked since getting his PhD at UC Berkeley in 1981. His research has always focused on reliable distributed computing. Back in the 1990’s he developed core parts of the French air traffic control system, the New York and Swiss Stock Exchanges, the US Navy AEGIS communication system, and Oracle’s network management infrastructure. More recently his research contributed to the architecture of AWS and IBM Websphere, created a new software fault-tolerance approach for Cisco’s CRS-1 network routers, and was adopted in a smart grid prototype system being built by ISO NE to monitor the bulk power grid in the US Northeast. His web page has details and links to some of his publications and open source software systems.