Aditya Akella @ University of Wisconsin-Madison

1210 W. Dayton St., Madison, WI, 53705.
Phone: (608) 890-0122
Email: akella AT

I'm an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Sciences at UW-Madison. I'm part of the Wisconsin Institute on Software-defined Datacenters in Madison (WISDoM). And, I'm one of the PIs leading CloudLab.

  • Oct 2014 : Honored to receive the 2014 SIGCOMM Rising Star Award.
  • Sep 2014: Management plane analytics and highly available fabric accepted to appear at HotNets 2014! These are both projects I started during my sabbatical.
  • Sep 2014: Looking forward to teaching undergrad Networks after a long time! New topics this year: Mobile Web, SDN and Cloud Computing!
  • Aug 2014: Announcing CloudLab, a new playground for all your cloud computing research! See the NSF and Wisconsin press releases.
  • Aug 2014: Back in Madison after a wonderful sabbatical at MSR and Univ. of Washington!
  • Aug 2014: I co-chaired HotSDN 2014. It was super fun and exciting! Check out the program and slides.
  • Jul 2014: I'm serving as program co-chair for IMC 2014. Take a look at the program.


I'm interested in Computer Networks and Networked Systems. Some of my current projects include:

Older projects on: Data Centers workloads and traffic engineering, Content-based Networking, and Redundancy Elimination.

Some Recent Publications (Complete list here)

Professional Activities

Program co-chair:
IMC 2014
HotSDN 2014
Open Networking Summit Research Track, 2013
DIMACS Workshop on Systems and Networking Advances in Cloud Computing, 2011
HotNets 2011

Organizing committees:
Workshops co-chair, SIGCOMM 2013
Workshops co-chair, MobiCom 2011
Poster/Demo co-chair, SIGCOMM 2011
Area Editor, MC2R (2011 - ??)
Panel co-chair, COMSNETS 2011
Web co-chair, MobiCom 2010

Program committees:
2015: Sigcomm, NSDI
2014: Sigcomm
2013: HotNets, IMC, MobiCom, Sigcomm, HotMiddlebox, HotSDN, SIGMETRICS, NSDI, IC2E
2012: CoNEXT, IMC, ICNP, Sigcomm, Sigcomm Posters & Demos, MobiGame, SECON, Hot-ICE
2011: CoNEXT, Sigcomm, SAFECONFIG, NSDI, HotCloud, Hot-ICE, HomeNets, INFOCOM, COMSNETS
2010: Sigcomm (Student Research Competition Judge), ReArch, PRESTO, INFOCOM, COMSNETS, IFIP Networking
2008: HotNets, NPSec, Sigmetrics Student Thesis Panel, INFOCOM
2007: Sigcomm, INFOCOM
2006: Sigcomm, CoNext Student Workshop


Current graduate students:
Aaron Gember-Jacobson,
Robert Grandl,
Keqiang He (w/ Tom Ristenpart),
Junaid Khalid,
Chaithan Prakash,
Shan-Hsiang Shen,
Raajay Vishwanathan,
Liang Wang (w/ Tom Ristenpart),
Wenfei Wu

PhD Alumni:
Ashok Anand (recipient of Google PhD Fellowship), PhD, January 2012. Researcher at Bell Labs Research, India
Theophuilus Benson (recipient of IBM PhD Fellowship), PhD, July 2012. Assistant Professor (starting F'13) at Duke University, CS

Masters Alumni:
Archit Gupta, May 08
Pratap Ramamurthy Dec 08
Chitra Muthukrishnan May 2010
Holly Esquivel Jul 2010 (NDSEG Fellow)
Anand Krishnamurthy, Jul 2014
Weiyang Chiew, Jul 2014


Fall 2014: CS640: Introduction to Computer Networks.
Spring 2012: CS740: Advanced Computer Networks.
Fall 2012: CS838: Systems and Networking Challenges in Cloud Computing.
Spring 2012: CS740: Advanced Computer Networks.
Spring 2011: CS740: Advanced Computer Networks.
Fall 2010: CS640: Introduction to Computer Networks.
Spring 2010: CS740: Advanced Computer Networks.
Fall 2009: CS838: Rethinking the Internet Architecture.
Fall 2008: CS740: Advanced Computer Networks.
Spring 2008: CS740: Advanced Computer Networks.
Fall 2007: CS640: Introduction to Computer Networks.
Spring 2007: CS740: Advanced Computer Networks.
Fall 2006: CS640: Introduction to Computer Networks.