The ACEMS Workshop on Challenges of Data and Control of Networks (ACDCN)


6 - 8 December 2017


The University of Adelaide

Inkgarni Wardli Building, Level 7

The ACEMS Workshop on Challenges of Data and Control of Networks is broad-ranging workshop covering topics in measurement, management and control of networks. In particular, we want to consider networked cyber-physical systems, but other topics from wireless, WWW, and other network management settings will be considered.

Keynote Speakers:

John C. Doyle, Caltech

John Doyle is the Jean-Lou Chameau Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems at the California Institute of Technology. His research is on mathematical foundations for complex networks with applications in biology, technology, medicine, ecology, neuroscience, and multi-scale physics that integrates theory from control, computation, communication, optimization, statistics (e.g. Machine Learning); with emphasis on universal laws and architectures, robustness/efficiency and speed/accuracy tradeoffs, adaptability, and evolvability and large scale systems with sparse, saturating, delayed, quantized, uncertain sensing, communications, computing, and actuation. John’s work is widely acknowledged: he has won the IEEE Baker Prize, the IEEE Automatic Control Transactions Award (twice), the 1994 AACC American Control Conference Schuck Award, the IEEE Control Systems Field Award and many others. His work was included in Best Writing on Mathematics 2010, and his work was listed in the world top 10 “most important” papers in mathematics (1981-1993).

Walter Willinger, Chief Scientist, NIKSUN Inc.

Walter Willinger is Chief Scientist at NIKSUN, Inc., the world leader in real-time monitoring and cyber forensics solutions. Before joining NIKSUN, he worked at AT&T Labs-Research in Florham Park, NJ from 1996 to 2013 and at Bellcore Applied Research from 1986 to 1996. He received his Dipl. Math. from the ETH Zurich and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University. He is a Fellow of ACM (2005), Fellow of IEEE (2005), AT&T Fellow (2007), and Fellow of SIAM (2009), co-recipient of the 1995 IEEE Communications Society W.R. Bennett Prize Paper Award and the 1996 IEEE W.R.G. Baker Prize Award, and co-recipient of the 2005 and 2016 ACM/SIGCOMM Test-of-Time Paper Awards. His paper “On the Self-Similar Nature of Ethernet Traffic” is featured in “The Best of the Best - Fifty Years of Communications and Networking Research,” a 2007 IEEE Communications Society book compiling the most outstanding papers published in the communications and networking field in the last half century.

Paul Barford, University of Wisconsin

Paul Barford is a Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He is also the Chief Scientist at comScore, Inc., a world-wide media measurement company. His research interests are Internet measurement and Security. He is the founder of two successful Internet startup companies. He has published over 100 papers in forums such as the ACM Internet Measurement Conference and the ACM SIGCOMM Conference. He is an ACM Fellow, has a number of award winning papers and his Internet Atlas project was named one of the 100 Greatest Innovations of 2017 by Popular Science Magazine. His hobby is taking naps.

Nikolai Matni, University of California, Berkeley

Nikolai is a postdoctoral scholar in EECS at UC Berkeley. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral scholar in Computing and Mathematical Sciences at the California Institute of Technology. He received the B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, and the Ph.D. in Control and Dynamical Systems from the California Institute of Technology in June 2016. His research interests broadly encompass the use of learning, layering, dynamics, control and optimization in the design and analysis of complex cyber-physical systems. He was awarded the IEEE CDC 2013 Best Student Paper Award, the IEEE ACC 2017 Best Student Paper Award (as co-advisor) and was an Everhart Lecture Series speaker at Caltech.


Detailed program TBD, but a rough schedule is included below for those planning travel.

Wed: 5.00-6.00 Meet and Greet
Thur: 9.00-5.00 Technical Talks
Thur: 6.00-10.00 Dinner
Fri: 9.30-12.00 Technical Talks, and wrap up


Registration is open. Please go to the registration page.

Workshop numbers will be strictly limited with preference given on a first come basis.


  • ACEMS Student $0
  • External Student $50
  • ACEMS Member $100
  • External $250
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