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Andrea Francini

Computer Systems and Security Research
Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent
Mooresville, NC 28115, USA
Ph: +1 336-697-3405
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Email: andrea dot francini at alcatel-lucent dot com


I am a Member of Technical Staff in the Computing and Software Principles Research Department at Bell Laboratories.

I obtained my Italian Laurea degree (MS equivalent) in Electrical Engineering in 1993 from the Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy. In my Laurea dissertation I studied the accuracy of numerous methods for the transient and steady-state analysis of the results produced in the Montecarlo simulation of network systems, identifying optimal methods for both types of analysis. I implemented those results in a statistical library for simulation tools developed during a six-month tenure as a visiting researcher at Telecom Italia Labs (1994).

In 1998 I earned my Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Communications from the Politecnico di Torino. In my thesis, titled "Design and Analysis of Packet Scheduling Algorithms for Broadband Networks," I defined new algorithms and low-cost implementation architectures for packet scheduling algorithms with minimum-delay and optimal-fairness properties. Relevant portions of my thesis work were conducted during a 12-month tenure as a visiting researcher in the High-Speed Networks Research department of Bell Laboratories, where they were brought to market in successful ASIC devices.

In October 1997 I started working as a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories, where I have been without interruption until now.

During my years at Bell Labs, I have designed traffic management architectures of market-leading line-card and switch-fabric chips for packet switches and routers, I have devised and implemented QoS architectures for DSLAM, multi-service switching, and radio access network systems, I have been an active member of standardization bodies (WiMAX Forum and IEEE 802.21), and I have been involved in the architectural design and commercialization of a revolutionary solution for enterprise network security (the Alcatel-Lucent OmniAccess 3500 Nonstop Laptop Guardian).

My current research activity focuses on the design of traffic management architectures and congestion control algorithms that help maximize the energy efficiency of packet networks.

I received one IEEE Best Paper Award, one Bell Labs Presidentís Gold Award, one Bell Labs Teamwork Award, and many industry awards. I have coauthored 12 USPTO patents and 8 pending patent applications, 10 archive journal papers, and more than 20 international conference papers.