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Dr. Lars Eggert

NetApp Deutschland GmbH
Sonnenallee 1
85551 Kirchheim


Lars Eggert is Technical Director for Networking in NetApp’s Office of the CTO, based in Munich, Germany.

He is a senior Internet technologist with deep expertise in architectures, end-to-end protocols such as TCP, virtualization, measurements and resource scheduling, among others. In addition to driving NetApp’s networking agenda, he is active in collaborative scientific research projects with leading universities and corporate labs. Lars has also been leading Internet standardization efforts as a steering group member and working group chair of the IETF, and he currently chairs the IRTF, the IETF’s research arm. He is a senior member of the ACM and the IEEE, and serves on the program and organization committees of many academic conferences and workshops, such as ACM SIGCOMM and IEEE Infocom. In addition, he serves on a number of other boards, such as ACM SIGCOMM’s Industrial Advisory Board.

Lars received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2003. Before joining NetApp in 2011, he was a Principal Scientist at Nokia Research Center in Helsinki, Finland and one of Nokia’s most senior technology experts, serving on the corporation’s CTO Technology Council. For a number of years, Lars was an Adjunct Professor at Aalto University, Finland’s premier technical university. Before that, he was a senior researcher at NEC Laboratories.

Employment and Education

2011 – present
Technical Director for Networking, NetApp

Technical Director for Networking in NetApp’s Office of the CTO, based in Munich, Germany.

Understanding the technology shifts in networking, and shaping NetApp’s R&D roadmap to spearhead them. Created a European research presence for NetApp and successfully acquired grant funding for its strategic cloud networking topics.

2009 – 2014
Adjunct Professor, Aalto University

Adjunct Professor (“dosentti”) at Aalto University in the area of Networking Technology, with a focus on current and future internetworking architectures and protocols.

2007 – 2011
Principal Scientist & Member of CTO Technology Council, Nokia Research Center

Most senior Internet technology expert at Nokia Research Center (NRC). Leading roles in several publicly co-funded, collaborative research projects focusing on many aspects of current and future Internet protocols, architectures and technologies, including project acquisition and technical management. Managing NRC’s university subcontracting related to these projects. Mentoring Nokia Ph.D. students; advising diploma, M.S. and B.S. students.

Member of the CEO Technology Council (2009-2011), a group of Nokia’s top 10-15 most senior technical experts across a broad range of technologies, which was reformed as the CTO Technology Council in 2011. Leading technical expert on Internet technologies, providing internal technical consulting to related activities and projects across Nokia. Company-wide technology, research & standardization strategy development. Technology evaluation and due diligence for M&A.

Transferring research results into Nokia patents, products and Internet standards. Active participant in the IRTF and IETF, chairing the IRTF (2011-present), past Area Director of the Transport Area (2006-2011).

2003 – 2006
Senior Research Staff Member, NEC Network Laboratories

Senior Research Staff Member (RSM 2003, SRSM 2005) in the Next-Generation Internet group at the NEC Network Laboratories in Heidelberg, Germany.

Fall 2003
Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Southern California

Research Projects

2015 – present
SSICLOPS Project, NetApp

The Scalable and Secure Infrastructures for Cloud Operations (SSICLOPS, pronounced “cyclops”) project focuses on techniques for the management of federated private cloud infrastructures, in particular cloud networking techniques within software-defined data centers and across wide-area networks.

Technical manager of the overall project, which is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon2020 program; project volume €7M.

2010 – 2011
Finnish Future Internet ICT SHOK Program, Nokia Research Center

The Finnish Future Internet ICT SHOK Program covers routing, transport and information-networking. Co-funded by TEKES, the Finnish National Science foundation, project volume several €M.

2008 – 2011
Trilogy Project, Nokia Research Center

Trilogy developed multi-path transport (TCP) and multi-path routing protocols, as well as related economic and policy aspect. Co-funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Program, project volume €8.1M. Winner, EC “Future Internet Award” 2011.

2004 – 2006
Ambient Networks Project, NEC Network Laboratories

Ambient Networks worked on internetworking based on dynamic network composition. Co-funded by the European Commission under the 6th Framework Program. Two phases: 2004-2005, with a project volume of €22.1M; and 2006-2007, with a volume of €21.4M.

2001 – 2003

DynaBone developed denial-of-service protection via network virtualization. Co-funded by DARPA, volume $2M.

2001 – 2003

NetFS developed networking-through-the-file-system ideas. Co-funded by NSF, project volume $480K.

1998 – 2003
X-Bone and X-Tend Projects, USC Information Sciences Institute

X-Bone and X-TEND developed a rapid deployment system for customized virtual networks, and the underlying virtualization architecture. Co-funded by DARPA & NSF, volume $3M.

Services, Activities and Awards

2012 – present
Advisory Boards

ACM SIGCOMM Industrial Advisory Board (2014-present), Internet & Gesellschaft Collaboratory Beirat (2014-present), Centre for Advanced Internet Architectures (CAIA) Scientific Advisory Board (2015-present), EU FP7 STREWS project (2012-present), EU FP7 RITE project (2013-present), EPSRC NaaS project (2013-present), EU FP7 PACE project (2012-present).

2011 – present

The IRTF is the research arm of the the IETF, the leading standards body for Internet technology.

2011 – present
Selection Committee Chair, Applied Networking Research Prize

As IRTF chair, created the Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) together with ISOC and assembled and managed the selection committee.

2004 – present
Conference Committee Memberships; Editorships

Over eighty in total, including:

2015 (posters), 2016
IFIP Networking
ACM HotMiddlebox
2012 (general chair), 2016 (workshop chair)
2007, 2008 (TPC chair), 2009 (steering), 2010 (+ steering), 2011 (steering), 2012 (steering), 2013 (steering)
2013 (workshop chair)
IEEE Global Internet
2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 (TPC chair), 2011, 2012
ACM MobiHeld
2009 (steering), 2010 (steering), 2011 (steering)
ACM ReArch
2008, 2009 (TPC chair), 2010 (+ steering)
2000 – present
Professional Society Memberships

ACM (member 2004, senior 2010), IEEE (member 2003, senior 2009), Gesellschaft für Informatik (member 2011), Internet Society (ISOC).

2012 – 2015
IEEE Internet Award Committee

Serving on the award committee for the IEEE Internet Award.

2005 – 2015
Area Director and Chair, Internet Engineering Task Force

Chair of the the RMCAT working group (2012-2015). Area director of the IETF’s Transport Area (2006-2011) and chair of the Transport Area Working Group (2006-2009). Chair of the the DCCP working group (2005-2006).

2009 – 2011
Member, CEO/CTO Technology Council, Nokia Corporation

Member of the CEO/CTO Technology Councils within Nokia Corporation.

Publications and Patents

Over thirty peer-reviewed academic publications, eight Internet RFCs, ca. twenty articles and posters, three granted patents, several more patents under submission. Full bibliography available.

Selected publications: