Philip Brighten Godfrey

Ph.D., Computer Science, UC Berkeley, May 2009.
M.S., UC Berkeley, 2006.
B.S. in Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, May 2002.

Office: 3211 Siebel Center
Email: pbg at illinois dot edu
Fax: 217-244-6869

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and also serve as co-founder and CTO of Veriflow. Before joining UIUC, I was a Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley, advised by Ion Stoica, and a visiting researcher at Intel Labs Berkeley.

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2015DecSelected as winner of the 2015 ACM SIGCOMM Rising Star Award. I am thankful to work with fantastic students and colleagues who deserve the accolades more than I do!
JuneI will be co-chairing SOSR 2016, with Martin Casado
NSF grant awarded with Matthew Caesar: From Verification to Synthesis in Software Defined Networks, $1.2M
MayCongratulations to Soudeh Ghorbani, 2015 VMware Graduate Fellowship winner!
Congratulations to Ankit Singla, assistant professor at ETH Zurich starting January 2016; Anduo Wang, assistant professor at Temple University starting January 2016; and Ashish Vulimiri, future researcher at Samsung Labs!
Nice article in ITworld on the Internet at the Speed of Light project, also in Slashdot
MarEngineering Council Outstanding Advising Award
FebDean's Award for Excellence in Research
2014DecPCC, CCG, and Geode all accepted to NSDI 2015!
Internet at the Speed of Light featured in front page story in the San Jose Mercury News and Oakland Tribune
SepAnkit's Internet at the Speed of Light accepted to HotNets 2014
AugSoudeh Ghorbani wins best paper award at HotSDN 2014!
Google Research Award — Thanks Google!
NSF grant with Alexandra Kolla awarded for Designing networks for high throughput — Thanks NSF!
JulCisco research grant awarded for work on the Jellyfish project
AprSoudeh's paper Towards Correct Network Virtualization accepted to HotSDN 2014
MarChi-Yao's Software Defined Transport and Anduo's SDN as DB appear at ONS 2014
FebSloan Fellowship (Illinois press release)
Fellow in the Center for Advanced Study Beckman Fellow in 2014-15
2013DecAnkit's paper High Throughput Data Center Topology Design accepted to NSDI 2014
NovCo-chairing HotNets 2014 with Anja Feldmann
SepAshish's paper Low Latency via Redundancy accepted to CoNEXT 2013
JunPhD students Mo Dong and Qingxi Li win a 2013 Internet2 Innovate Application Award for Black Box Congestion Control (BBCC)
VeriFlow code released
AprAnkit Singla and Chi-Yao Hong's work on Jellyfish wins a UIUC CS Undergraduate - Graduate Symposium Outstanding Research Project Award
Rachit Agarwal's paper in PODC 2013: A Simple Stretch 2 Distance Oracle
MarThe Summer School on Formal Methods and Networks in June will cover SDN, verification, and more — join us!
Submit your CoNEXT 2013 workshop proposals by April 15!

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My research integrates networked systems and theory. You can check out my complete list of papers. Here are my group's current themes.

Networking at the speed of light

Network verification and trustworthy networking

Data center networks

Compact routing and paths in social networks

Flexible Internet architecture

Complete list of papers

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