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I am an assistant professor in the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University. My research is primarily in the areas of distributed systems and networking, with a recent focus on mobile systems. Much of my work entails crowdsourcing measurement and performance evaluation of Internet systems by deploying software to users at the scale of tens or hundreds of thousands of users. To date, more than 1 million users have installed software produced from my research and more than 15 research groups worldwide have integrated my datasets into their research projects.

Before joining Northeastern, I was a postdoctoral research associate in Tom Anderson's group at the University of Washington. This work has been generously funded by the CI Fellows program. I earned my PhD in Computer Science from Northwestern University in June, 2010, where I was awarded two Cabell Fellowships and 2009/2010 Outstanding Dissertation in EECS. Prior to that, I graduated from Amherst College, magna cum laude, in 2002 with a double-major in Physics and French. Since the job market for francophone physicists dried up, I was left with no choice but to pursue a career in the textbook-authorship business with Deitel & Associates. In two years, I worked on three books, two of which I coauthored. After that, I decided it was time for me to stop writing about others' work and start making my own to write about. Fortunately, Fabián saw fit to entertain this notion.


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College of Computer and Information Science
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
202 West Village H
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

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E-mail: choffnes *at* ccs <dot> neu <dot> edu
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My research interests are broadly in the areas of networking, distributed systems, and mobile computing. My recent focus is improving the performance and reliability of Internet and mobile systems. Please see my research statement and publications list for details.

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