Prof Joe Mambretti

Director International Center for Advanced Internet Research, Northwestern University Director

International Center for Advanced Internet Research, Northwestern University

Joe Mambretti is Director of the International Center for Advanced Internet Research at Northwestern University, which is developing digital communications for the 21st Century. The Center, which was created in partnership with a number of major high tech corporations, designs and implements large scale services and infrastructure for data intensive applications (metro, regional, national, and global). He is also Director of the Metropolitan Research and Education Network (MREN), an advanced high-performance network interlinking organization providing services in seven upper-Midwest states,which created the world’s first GigaPoP, and Director of the StarLight International/National Communications Exchange Facility in Chicago, a global exchange for advanced high performance networks, which is based on leading-edge optical technologies. With its research partners, iCAIR has established multiple major national and international network research testbeds, which are used to develop new architecture and technology for dynamically provisioned communication services and networks, including those based on lightpath switching. He is PI for the NSF International Software Defined Networking Exchange (iSDX), PI for the NSF GENI Software Defined Networking Exchange (SDX), co-PI of the Chameleon NSFCloud testbed, PI for the International Global Environment for Network Innovations (iGENI) initiative (funded the NSF), PI for StarWave, a multi-100 Gbps communications exchange, PI for several research projects directed at creating 100 Gbps services, network testbeds, and facilities, and PI for several national and international testbed networks. He is co-developer of the Open Science Data Cloud, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Open Commons Consortium and the Center for Computational Science Research.

He has served on the advisory boards of major technology corporations, is a frequent speaker at national and international communications technology forums, and has published multiple articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals as well as several books on advanced networking.