Work

My research combines the foundations and applications of data science, drawing on disciplines of computer science, computer networking, algorithms, machine learning, probability, and statistics to create new methods that are inspired by challenges in application domains. My major current interests include:

  • Algorithms for sampling massive graph streaming data
  • Data analytics and algorithms for network measurement and resilience
  • Data science applications in engineering, currently transportation and hydrology

Current Positions

  • 2014 to present: Texas A&M University, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Full Professor (with tenure)
  • 2015 to present: Director, Texas A&M Engineering Big Data Initiative

Other Current Affiliations and Professional Service

  • 2015 to present: Professor by Courtesy, Texas A&M Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  • 2015 to present: Associate Member, Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance
  • 2015-2017: Member of Board of Directors, ACM Sigmetrics
  • 2014 to present: Chief Editor for Big Data, Frontiers in ICT
  • 2014 to present: Editor-at-Large, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking

Previous Positions and Education

  • 2013-2014: Rutgers University / DIMACS, NJ: Research Professor
  • 1995-2013: AT&T Labs-Research, NJ:  Distinguished Member of Technical Staff (final level) and AT&T Fellow.
  • 1986-1995: Post-doc and faculty positions in Dublin, Ireland and Heidelberg, Germany.
  • 1983-1986: Queen Mary College, University of London, PhD, Mathematical Physics (1987)
  • 1979-1983: Christ’s College, University of Cambridge, BA Natural Sciences (1982) and MMath (Part III Maths, 1983), MA (1986)

Teaching

  • Spring 2016: ECEN 489/689 Data Mining and Analysis
  • Fall 2014, Fall 2015: ECEN 689 Data Science for Communications Networks

Research Interests and Collaborators

  • Streaming Algorithms for Big Graph Sampling
  • Rough Paths in Data Analytics
    • Ni Hao (University of Oxford, Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance)
    • Weijung Xu (University of Warwick, Mathematics Institute)
  • Big Data in Transportation
    • Byron Chigoy (Texas Transportation Institute, Research Specialist)
    • Shawn Turner ( Texas Transportation Institute, Division Head for Mobility)
  • Data Science in Hydrology
    • Dhruva Kathuria (Texas A&M Biological and Agricultural Engineering), PhD student)
    • Hanzi Mao (Texas A&M Computer Science and Engineering, PhD student, as advisor)
    • Binayak Mohanty (Texas A&M Biological and Agricultural Engineering)
  • Measurement in Software Defined Networking
    • Bin Liu (Tsinghua University)
    • Hao Wu (Tsinghua University)
    • Yunhong Xu (Texas A&M ECE PhD Student, as advisor)
    • Minlan Yu (University of Southern California)
  • Network Resilience through Data Analytics (multiple projects)
  • Read more about current opportunities

Recent Research Funding

  • NeTS: Small: Collaborative Research: Distributed Approximate Packet Classification, National Science Foundation, Award 1618030, 9/1/2016-8/31/2019. PIs Nick Duffield (Texas A&M) & Minlan Yu (Yale). Total $350,996 / Duffield $198,346.
  • DEDUCE: Distributed Enclave Defense Using Configurable Edges. DARPA $11,500,000, 7/1/2015-6/30/2018, Applied Communication Sciences. Texas A&M Subaward, PI: Nick Duffield. Total $11,500,000 / Duffield $389,872
  • Traffic Measurement from High-level Names in Software Defined Networking, Google Faculty Research Award, 2015,  $79,992, PIs N.G. Duffield and Minlan Yu (University of Southern California).
  • Approximation Methods for Massive Graph Analytics, Intel Corporation, 2016, PI N.G. Duffield, $30,000
  • Understanding Multi-Scale Hydrology: Fusion of BIG DATA from Ground Networks and Space-Based Satellites, Texas A&M Big Data Seed Grant, January 2016, PI: Binayak Mohanty (Texas A&M Biological and Agricultural Engineering); co-PI: N. Duffield. Total $50,000./ Duffield $25,000
  • Improving Understanding of 
Travel Behavior and Transportation Systems through Big Data Analytics, Texas A&M Big Data Seed Grant, January 2016, PI: Shawn Turner (Texas A&M Transportation Institute) co-PI: N. Duffield. Total $50,000 / Duffield $25,000
  • Boosting Attack Identification through Correlated System & Network Monitoring. Texas A&M Cybersecurity Seed Grant, January 2016,. PI: N. Duffield, co-PI: Guofei Gu (Texas A&M Computer Science and Engineering). Total  $50,000 / Duffield $25,000

Recent Short Term Research Visits

  • 6/20/2016-7/15/2016, Intel Research, Santa Clara, CA
  • 7/1/2015-7/31/2015, Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance

Selected Recent / Upcoming Talks

  • 12/5/2016: Keynote, 2016 BigGraphs Workshop at IEEE BigData’16, Washington, DC
  • 11/29/2016: Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • 7/13/2016: Intel Research, Santa Clara, CA
  • 7/8/2016: University of Southern California
  • 1/21/2016: Informatics Institute, University of Florida
  • 11/2015: ECE University of Texas at Austin
  • 12/6/2014: Keynote, IPCCC, Austin TX
  • 9/12/2014: Invited talk, Heilbronn Conference, Bristol, UK
  • 8/2014: Sampling for Big Data: A Tutorial (with G. Cormode), ACM SIGKDD 2014
  • 2/26/2014: Big Data Lecture Series, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • 2/11/2014: Computer Engineering Eminent Scholar Seminar, Texas A&M University
  • 12/10/2013: Facebook, Menlo Park CA
  • 12/10/2013: Google, Mountain View CA
  • 11/13/2013: Invited Speaker and Panelist, Big Data in the Mathematical Sciences, Warwick University
  • 09/11/2013: Keynote Speaker, ITC 25, Shanghai

Recent Service

  • Program Committee 2016 BigGraphs Workshop at IEEE BigData’16
  • Scientific Programme Committee, 9th Bernoulli/IMS World Congress in Probability and Statistics, Toronto 2016
  • Chief Editor for Big Data, Frontiers in ICT, since October 2014
  • Editor-at-Large, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, since September 2014
  • TPC, International Workshop on Traffic Monitoring Analysis (TMA). Barcelona, April 2015
  • TPC, IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols, ICNP 2014
  • TPC, Workshop on MAthematical performance Modeling and Analysis, MAMA 2014
  • TPC Co-Chair, IFIP Performance 2013,

Publications

Awards

  • ACM SIGMETRICS Test of Time, 2013, for Fast Accurate Computation of Large-Scale IP Traffic Matrices from Link Loads (2003), awarded jointly with Albert Greenberg, Matt Roughan and Yin Zhang. This award is given each year to a previous conference paper still making an impact 10-12 years after publication. Citation: “The paper presented a novel, remarkably fast, and accurate method for practical and rapid inference of traffic matrices in IP networks from link load measurements, augmented by readily available network and routing configuration information.”
  • ACM SIGMETRICS Test of Time, 2012, for Network Tomography on General Topologies (2002), awarded jointly with Tian Bu, Francesco Lo Presti and Don Towsley. This award is given each year to a previous conference paper whose impact is still felt 10-12 years after publication. Citation: “This paper is a pioneering work in network tomography and it presented novel and formal approaches to perform tomography on networks under general setting, from which various performance, e.g., delay, packet lost,..etc., can be estimated.”
  • AT&T Fellow, 2007. Citation: “For fundamental contributions to sampling, analysis and inference from network measurements that have had broad impact on AT&T and the industry.”
  • IEEE Fellow, 2005. Citation: “For contributions to the measurement, analysis and management of telecommunications networks.”

Major research interests