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Keith W. Ross

Keith W. Ross

Leonard J. Shustek Professor

Computer Science and Engineering


Keith Ross is the Leonard J. Shustek Chair Professor in Computer Science at Polytechnic Institute of NYU.  Before joining NYU-Poly in 2003, he was a professor at University of Pennsylvania (13 years) and a professor at Eurecom Institute (5 years). He received a B.S.E.E from Tufts University, a M.S.E.E. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Computer and Control Engineering from The University of Michigan.

Professor Ross has worked in security and privacy, peer-to-peer networking, Internet measurement, video streaming, multi-service loss networks, content distribution networks, queuing theory, and Markov decision processes. He is an ACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow, recipient of the Infocom 2009 Best Paper Award (1,435 papers submitted), and recipient of  2008 and the 2011 Best Paper Awards for Multimedia Communications (awarded by IEEE Communications Society).  His work has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, Bloomberg Television, Huffington Post, Fast Company, Ars Technia, and the New Scientist.

Professor Ross is co-author (with James F. Kurose) of the popular textbook, Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet, published by Addison-Wesley (first edition in 2000, sixth edition 2012). It is the most popular textbook on computer networking, both nationally and internationally, and has been translated into fourteen languages. Excluding introductory programming textbooks, it is the fifth most popular CS textbook overall. Professor Ross is also the author of the research monograph, Multiservice Loss Models for Broadband Communication Networks, published by Springer in 1995.

From July 1999 to July 2001, Professor Ross took a leave of absence to found and lead Wimba, which develops voice and video applications for online learning. He was the Wimba CEO and CTO during this period. Wimba was acquired by Blackboard in 2010.


University of Michigan, 1985

Doctor of Philosophy, Computer, Information, and Control Engineering

Columbia University, 1981

MSEE, Electrical Engineeing

Tufts University, 1979

BSEE, Electrical Engineering

Authored + Edited Books

  • J.F. Kurose and K.W. Ross, Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach, 6th Edition, Addison-Wesley, 2012
  • K.W. Ross, Multiservice Loss Networks for Broadband Telecommunications Networks, Springer-Verlag, 1995