Pablo Rodriguez (computer scientist)

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Pablo Rodriguez
Born (1972-04-17) April 17, 1972 (age 42)
Nationality Spanish
Institutions Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Columbia University
Alma mater Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Thesis Scalable Content Distribution in the Internet (2000)
Doctoral advisor Ernst Biersack

Pablo Rodriguez Rodriguez, (born 17 April 1972) is a computer scientist and entrepreneur. He is the Research and Innovation Director for Telefónica. He holds a Ph.D. in Communications Systems from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and has been an adjunct Professor at Columbia University, New York.


Pablo graduated with a degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Universidad Pública de Navarra, Spain in 1995, while doing his M.S. thesis in Physics and Optical Sensors with Prof. Alan Rogers at King's College London, entitled "Advances in high-resolution distributed sensing using a time-resolved photon counting technique".[1]

He attended the Doctoral School in Communication Systems in 1997 and gained a PhD in Computer Science in 2000, both from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. For his PhD he worked at Institut Eurécom with Prof. Ernst Biersack. During his PhD he also worked at AT&T Labs (Shannon Laboratory, Florham Park, NJ) developing TCP/IP improvements for multi‐hop HTTP proxies.

His dissertation, "Scalable Content Distribution in the Internet", focused on scaling the existing Internet architecture to perform content distribution to millions of users. As part of his PhD work, he designed Parallel-Download algorithms to improve download times and resilience in Peer-to-Peer file swarming systems.[2]

In 2012 he became a coach facilitator at the Oxford Leadership Academy, and at the Kaos Pilot in Denmark.


Pablo has developed his career in the United States as a software architect and entrepreneur in two Silicon Valley start-ups: Inktomi (acquired by Yahoo!) where he worked as a software architect in the Inktomi Wireless Data Accelerator—one of the world´s first cellular Wireless Proxies[3][4]—and Tahoe Networks where he designed wireless edge routers for mobile IP services (now part of Nokia [5]).

He has also worked at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts and as a Member of Technical Staff at Bell-Labs in New Jersey. At Microsoft Research, he co-designed the Avalanche (P2P) system,[6] which uses Linear network coding [7] to improve security patches download times and resilience.[8][9] Microsoft made the technology available as a system called 'Microsoft Secure Content Downloader' (MSCD).[10]

As a researcher at Microsoft Research he also worked on parallel-downloads to transmit data simultaneously over multiple wireless connections such as GPRS, 3G, Wireless LAN, and Bluetooth, which influenced the design of Multipath TCP.[11]

In 2006 he established the Telefonica Research organization,[12] and now leads Telefonica's Innovation efforts.[13] At Telefonica he worked on Telefonica's Global Video Content Delivery Network[14] and the BeWiFi network.[15][16]

In 2010 he joined the Computer Science Department of Columbia University as an Adjunct Professor where he taught Social Networks and Next Generations System Architectures [17]

With T. Proell, during his early career he helped with the consistent hashing algorithm for the Linux Virtual Server (LVS) -- now referred to as Destination Hashing DH algorithm, and part of the standard Linux distribution.[18][19]

Jimmy Wales with the Bullipedia team

His research includes computer networking and distributed systems, content distribution and peer-to-peer, wireless networks, low power datacasting,[20] multicast and web caching. His current interests include network economics, data transparency, privacy and personal data.[21][21][22]

He collaborates with chef Ferran Adria at elBulli to develop Bullipedia, a culinary Wikipedia (see Wired magazine[23][24]), and with FC Barcelona[25] to define new strategies for soccer playing using Big Data.

Honors and awards[edit]

As a result of his work, Pablo has more than 200 scientific publications and patents.[22] He received the 2007 and 2013 best paper award at the ACM/Internet Measurement Conference, and the “Prix de la Recherche” for outstanding Ph.D. Thesis.[26]

He has been the keynote speaker at the World Wide Web Conference in 2009, at the 40 years Commemoration ceremony of International Federation for Information Processing TC6, the IEEE/Infocom 2013 Re-architecting the Internet,[27] the IEEE/P2P conference,[28] Network Science 2013, Tenera 2013,[29] IMC 2013,[30] and at the Distinguished speaker series at University of California, Irvine Computer Science Department.

Pablo was the General Chair for ACM/SIGCOMM '09. He has been a member of the editorial board for IEEE/Association for Computing Machinery Transactions on Networking (ToN), editor of ACM Computer Communications Review SIGCOMM/CCR, a special editor for IEEE/JSAC, a steering committee member for IEEE/HotWeb, and a Marie Curie Fellow.

In 2007 he received the gold award from the city of Langreo as a recognition of his research career.[31]

He is a member of the Scientific Council of IMDEA Networks since 2010,[32] a board member of LaBoral Art Center since 2013.,[33] and a trustee board member of the Calatan Foundation for Research and Innovation since 2014.


  1. ^ Rodriguez, Pablo. "Advances in high-resolution distributed sensing using a time-resolved photon counting technique". Proc. SPIE 2838. Retrieved November 27, 1996. 
  2. ^ Rodriguez, Pablo. "Dynamic Parallel Access to Replicated Content in the Internet". IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, vol. 10, no. 4,. Retrieved August 2002. 
  3. ^ Inktomi Corp - Expansion Inktomi Content Networking Solutions - Inktomi Wireless Data Accelerator software that was designed to boost network capacity
  4. ^ Inktomi Wireless Traffic Server, Software provider forges wireless Internet alliances with seven other tech companies, March 14, 2000. CNN Money
  5. ^ "Nokia picks up assets of shuttered Tahoe Networks". Silicon Valley Business Journal. November 23, 2003. 
  6. ^ Microsoft Secure Content Distribution, MSCD allows authorized content publishers to distribute their content to a large audience via file swarming. John Miller, Principal Software Architect, Microsoft. 26, July. 2007
  7. ^ Random Network Coding, Overview, Theory and Applications of Network Coding, Professor Muriel Medard, June 2005, MIT
  8. ^ "Planet Scale Software Updates". Effective distribution of software updates (a.k.a patches) to millions of Internet users, Stanford Networking Seminar. October 18, 2005. 
  9. ^ "Microsoft works on own BitTorrent". Microsoft researchers in Cambridge, UK, are developing their own peer-to-peer file-sharing software, BBC News. June 20, 2005. 
  10. ^ Nimbus: Secure Peer Accelerated Downloads, Microsoft Secure Content Downloader recently used to distribute Visual Studio 2008 Beta-2 to Microsoft customers. MIcrosoft, Innovation Development, Microsoft Research Cambridge, Cambridgeshire UK.
  11. ^ Chakravorty, Rajiv; Pratt, Ian; Rodriguez, Pablo (July 2003). "MAR: Mobile Access Router". Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge. Archived from the original on 2013-11-11. 
  12. ^ Telefonica Research Telefonica Research
  13. ^ Mobile multinational Telefónica turns Barcelona into its world innovation lab
  14. ^ Evolutionary projects in Content Delivery, Future Internet Assembly, 2010
  15. ^ "Share your Wifi to obtain more Bandwidth with ClubADSL". Martin Varsavsky, Founder of FON. June 20, 2005. 
  16. ^ "BeWifi lets you steal your neighbour's bandwidth when they're not using it". BeWiFi, Wired. January 24, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Social Networks from a System´s point of view". Columbia University Courses, COMS E6998.010 Computer Science Department, New York City, NY. February. 2010. 
  18. ^ IPVS Destination Hashing scheduling module
  19. ^ Transparent Distributed Web Caching Architecture, M.S. Thesis, Institut Eurecom
  20. ^ Low Power DataCasting, Prototypes: Virtual post-it notes from mobile handhelds…a new power-saving technology for devices and more emerging technology prototypes. MIT Technology Review, 2005
  21. ^ a b "My Data Soul". My Data Soul, TEDx Talk. Nov 30, 2011. 
  22. ^ a b List of Publications from Google Scholar
  23. ^ Hacking Bullipedia, Ferran Adrià challenges students to help create online gastronomic resource, Wired Magazine, Culture, 10 October 2013
  24. ^ After el Bulli Wired, UK
  25. ^ F.C. Barça and Telefónica I+D: technological excellence for the Camp Nou F.C. Barca
  26. ^ Prix de la Recherche, France 2000
  27. ^ Re-architecting the Internet: will insights from the past help shape the future?, IEEE/Infocom 2013
  28. ^ IEEE P2P Conference Keynote, Pablo Rodriguez, Peer to Peer from an ISP´s point of view, September 03–05, 2012. Tarragona, Spain
  29. ^ PlatonTV Interviews Pablo Rodriguez, PlatonTV interviews Pablo Rodriguez (Telefonica Digital) at the TERENA Networking Conference 2013 (TNC2013) in Maastricht, the Netherlands, on Monday 3 June 2013
  30. ^ From Bits to Bites Pablo Rodriguez, ACM Internet Measurement Conference keynote, Pablo Rodriguez (Telefonica Digital) Oct 2013
  31. ^ Langreo premia a David Villa y a César Castaño., Recibirán la insignia de oro junto al investigador Pablo Rodríguez y el Adaro
  32. ^ [1] Institute IMDEA Networks appoints new Scientific Council members
  33. ^ LABoral Art Center LABoral renews its Board of Trustees with the incorporation of Luis Figaredo, Pablo Rodríguez and Alicia Ventura

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