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Ming Hsieh Professor Wins Award at Internet Workshop

April 14, 2008 —
Konstantinos Psounis
Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering Asst. Prof. Konstantinos Psounis won the “Best and Most Compelling Presentation and Demonstration Award,” April 1 for a presentation at a high-profile networking workshop on the design of a future Internet.
Psounis brought home the top award from the workshop, “The Future of TCP: Train-wreck or Evolution?” held at Stanford University and sponsored by Cisco Systems and the Stanford Clean Slate interdisciplinary research program.
His presentation “TCP Over Multi-Hop Wireless Networks,” dealt with the challenges faced by today's Internet transport protocols and possible solutions to reduced performance.
“This work, a collaborative effort with my colleague Prof. Ramesh Govindan, will help address fundamental performance-related problems of multi-hop wireless networks, an emerging networking architecture that provides community networking, distributed sensing, support for medical applications, and Internet access in locations like airports, convention centers, education facilities, and hospitals,” said Psounis, who is a graduate of Stanford.
The award includes an unrestricted $10,000 research grant from the Cisco University Research Program.
“This award for research in wireless networking is an excellent recognition of Kostas Psounis’ work and its appreciation by his technical colleagues,” said Alexander Sawchuk, Systems Chair in the Ming Hsieh Department. “Our department joins me in congratulating him.”
Psounis’ research interests fall into the areas of modeling, design, and performance analysis of the Internet, mobile ad hoc networks, delay and disruptive tolerant networks, sensor networks, mesh networks, peer to peer networks and the web. 
After earning his M.S. and Ph.D from Stanford, Psounis became an assistant professor of electrical engineering at USC in 2003. He earned a B.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece.