Keith W. Ross

Leonard J. Shustek Professor of Computer Science
& Department Head

Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Polytechnic Institute of NYU
Two MetroTech Center, 10th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
phone: 718-260-3859
fax: 718-260-3609


Looking for Postdoc

I'm looking for a postdoc in the general areas of social networks, privacy and data mining. Candidates should be creative and very strong, having excellent skills in probability, statistics, machine learning, stochastic processes, and programming.


Keith Ross is the Leonard J. Shustek Chair Professor in Computer Science at Polytechnic Institute of NYU. Before joining NYU-Poly in 2003, he was a professor at University of Pennsylvania (13 years) and a professor at Eurecom Institute (5 years). He was the Department Head of the CSE Department fromm 2008 to 2013. He received a B.S.E.E from Tufts University, a M.S.E.E. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Computer and Control Engineering from The University of Michigan.

Professor Ross has worked in security and privacy, peer-to-peer networking, Internet measurement, video streaming, multi-service loss networks, content distribution networks, queuing theory, and Markov decision processes. He is an ACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow, recipient of the Infocom 2009 Best Paper Award (1,435 papers submitted), and recipient of  2008 and the 2011 Best Paper Awards for Multimedia Communications (awarded by IEEE Communications Society).  His work has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, Bloomberg Television, Huffington Post, Fast Company, Ars Technia, and the New Scientist.


Professor Ross is co-author (with James F. Kurose) of the popular textbook, Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet, published by Addison-Wesley (first edition in 2000, sixth edition 2012). It is the most popular textbook on computer networking, both nationally and internationally, and has been translated into fourteen languages. Excluding introductory programming textbooks, it is the fifth most popular CS textbook overall. Professor Ross is also the author of the research monograph, Multiservice Loss Models for Broadband Communication Networks, published by Springer in 1995.

He has served on numerous journal editorial boards and conference program committees. He was PC co-chair for ACM Multimedia 2002, ACM CoNext 2008, and IPTPS 2009. From July 1999 to July 2001, Professor Ross took a leave of absence to found and lead Wimba, which develops voice and video applications for online learning. He was the Wimba CEO and CTO during this period. Wimba was acquired by Blackboard in 2010. A personal account of asynchronous voice and the early days of Wimba can be found here.


Professor Ross is fluent in French and has been struggling with Mandarin for several years.




         ACM Fellow

         IEEE Fellow

         2011 Best Paper Award for Multimedia Communications (awarded by IEEE Communications Society)

         2009 Infocom Best Paper Award

         2008 Best Paper Award for Multimedia Communications (awarded by IEEE Communications Society)

         Co-author of most popular textbook on Computer Networking; 5th most popular CS textbook overall

         Extensive media coverage (NYT, NPR, WSJ, etc)

         More than 15,000 Google citations; h-index 58

         PC co-chair for ACM Multimedia 2002, ACM CoNext 2008, and IPTPS 2009

         Former Associate Editor for IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, Operations Research, Queuing Systems Theory and Applications, Probability in the Engineering and Information Sciences, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control


By Year

Current Research Team

Ratan Dey, PhD student
Yuan Ding, PhD Student
Zubin Jelveh, PhD Student
Sai Teja Peddinti, PhD Student

Former PostDocs

Zhengye Liu, AT&T Research
Di Wu, Associate Professor, Sun Yat-Sen University (Guangzhou, China)
Xiaojun Hei, Associate Professor, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (Wuhan, China)
Amitabha Bagchi, Assistant Professor, IIT Delhi

Former PhD Students

Prithula Dhungel, Akamai
Chao Zhang, Microsoft
Zhengye Liu, AT&T Research
Angela Wang, Akamai
Jian Liang, Huawei, Mountain View
Rakesh Kumar, Bloomberg
Philippe de Cuetos, ENST, Paris
Jussi Kangasharju, Professor, University of Helsinki
David Turner, Professor, California State University
Despina Saparilla, Cisco Systems
Martin Reisslein, Professor, Arizona State University
Jean McManus, Executive Director, Verizon
Bill Liang, Tellme
Sanjay Gupta, VP Product Development, Motorola
Jie Wang, CEO ConvergingStream Technology
Shun-Ping Chung, Professor, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
Danny Tsang, Professor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Melike Baykal-Gursoy, Associate Professor, Rutgers University
Ravi Varadarajan, Datek

Recent Courses at NYU-Poly