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Markus is the German form of Mark which means “rebellious.”

Having played competitive water polo for over 25 years, I do not only love everything in and around water. I also grew passionate about living and working in a team. At home, that team is our family, the cornerstone of my life, and the reason why I enjoy such happiness. At work, I relish every hour being inspired by the world’s best colleagues one could ever hope for. Being surrounded by such amazing friends and colleagues allows me to contribute in many professional activities, some of which are listed below.


  • Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) in Computer Engineering from University of Karlsruhe, Germany, February 1998 (w. honors).
  • M.S. (Dipl.-Inform.) in Computer Science from University of Karlsruhe, Germany, September 1994.


  • GI/KuVS Doctoral Dissertation Award for best Ph.D. thesis in Germany in the area of Distributed Systems and Telecommunications (awarded by Special Interest Group ‘Communication and Distributed Systems’ of the German Society of Computer Science, 1998).
  • FZI Doctoral Dissertation Award for best Ph.D. thesis in Computer Science at University of Karlsruhe (awarded by the German Research Center for Computer Science, FZI, 1998).
  • Lucent Chairman’s Award (2006).
  • Triple winner of Bell Labs Teamwork Award (2003, 2004, 2006).
  • Thomas Edison Patent Award (awarded by the Research & Development Council of New Jersey, 2013).
  • Inventor of the Year Award (awarded by New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame, 2015)
  • IEEE Fellow (Class of 2020).

Professional Activities

  • Executive Vice President, Nokia Bell Labs, Holmdel, NJ, USA.
  • Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, New York, USA (Spring 2005, Spring 2006, and Spring 2007).
  • Member of Advisory Board of Computer Science at New Jersey Institute of Technology (2013-2018).
  • Member of the Advisory Board of Number Eight Capital (2013-2015).
  • Chair of Internet Technical Committee (ITC), a joint committee of the Internet Society and the IEEE Communications Society (2004-2007).
  • Chair of the IETF/OPES Working Group (2002-2007).
  • Member of Editorial Board of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking Journal (2007-2010).
  • Member of Advisory Editorial Board of Computer Communications Journal (2000-2011).
  • Member of International Advisory Board of ICIN Conference (2013-2018).
  • Member of Advisory Board of CDN 2001 Conference.
  • Chair and Member of Program Committee IEEE Global Internet 2002.
  • Chair and Member of Program Committee NGC 2001.
  • Chair and Member of Program Committee GI Multicast Workshop’99.
  • Invited Speaker or Tutorial Speaker at IDMS 2001, ACM Multimedia 2002, NGC 2003, World Wide Web Conference 2004, IEEE ICNP 2004, WTS 2014, WISE 2015, WTS 2018, WTS 2021.
  • Guest-Editor of Special Issue “The Global Internet”, Computer Networks Journal, Volume 45, No. 1, Elsevier Publishing, May 15, 2004.
  • Alumni of 2004 Frontiers of Engineering, National Academy of Engineers (NAE).
  • Member of the following Program Committees:
    • IFIP/IEEE Networking 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022.
    • International Conference on Networks (ICN) 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022.
    • IEEE INFOCOM Software-Driven Flexible and Agile Networking (SWFAN) 2016 and 2017.
    • IFIP/IEEE International Workshop on Management of 5G Networks 2016 and 2017.
    • IEEE ICC Workshop on Mobile Cloud Networking and Services (MCN) 2013.
    • International Conference on Pervasive and Embedded Computing and Communication Systems (PECCS) 2013.
    • World Wide Web (WWW) Conference 2001, 2002, 2005, and 2010.
    • IEEE Conference on Telecommunication Techno-Economics (CTTE) 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2015.
    • IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium (NOMS) 2010.
    • IEEE/IFIP International Symposium on Integrated Management (IM) 2009.
    • IEEE Global Internet 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2008.
    • IEEE ICC 2006, 2007, and 2008.
    • IEEE Symposium on Next Generation Networks, Protocols, and Services Symposium (NGNPS) 2008.
    • Wired/Wireless Internet Communications (WWIC) 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.
    • IEEE Symposium on Network Services and Operation (NSO) 2007.
    • IEEE Globecom 2002 and 2006.
    • IEEE Symposium on Internet Services and Enabling Technologies (ISET) 2006.
    • IEEE Workshop on Monitoring, Attack Detection, and Mitigation (MonAM) 2006.
    • Web Caching and Content Distribution (WCW) 2005.
    • IEEE LCN 1998/1999/2000/2001/2002/2003/2004.
    • IEEE Workshop on Internet Applications (WIAPP) 2003.
    • Networked Group Communications (NGC) 1999/2000/2001/2002/2003.
    • Content Distribution Networking (CDN) 2001.
  • Reviewer for ACM Sigcomm, IEEE Infocom, ACM Multimedia, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking (ToN), IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC), IEEE Networking Magazine, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, Computer Communications Journal, Computer Networks Journal, Annual Simulation Symposium, IEEE Symposium on Signal Processing and Information Technology, International Journal of Network Management.
  • Reviewer for Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, San Francisco, CA.
  • National Representative of Germany on Cost 264 Management Committee (1998-2002).