Professor Eytan Modiano

modianoProfessor Eytan Modiano is a member of the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department, the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, and the Operations Research Center at MIT. From 1993 to 1999 he was with the Communications Division at MIT Lincoln Laboratory where he designed communication protocols for satellite, wireless, and optical networks and was the project leader for MIT Lincoln Laboratory's Next Generation Internet (NGI) project. He was a Naval Research Laboratory Fellow between 1987 and 1992 and a National Research Council Post Doctoral Fellow during 1992-1993 while he was conducting research on security and performance issues in distributed network protocols. Professor Modiano received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Connecticut at Storrs in 1986 and his M.S. and PhD degrees, both in Electrical Engineering, from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD, in 1989 and 1992 respectively. 

Professor Modiano's research is on communication networks and protocols with application to satellite, wireless, and optical networks. He is currently an Associate Editor for IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. He had served as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, and as guest editor for IEEE JSAC special issue on WDM network architectures; the Computer Networks Journal special issue on Broadband Internet Access; the Journal of Communications and Networks special issue on Wireless Ad-Hoc Networks; and for IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology special issue on Optical Networks. He was the Technical Program co-chair for IEEE Wiopt 2006, IEEE Infocom 2007, and ACM MobiHoc 2007.


PostDoc Fellows

  • Rahul Sinha

Graduate Students

  • Anurag Rai
  • Abhishek Sinha
  • Jianan Zhang
  • Thomas Stahlbuhk
  • Qingkai Liang
  • Igor Kadota
  • Rajat Talak



  • Yu-Pin Hsu, Assistant Professor, National Taipei University
  • Chih Ping Li, Qualcomm 
  • Georgios Paschos, Huawei
  • Hulya Seferoglu, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois, Chicago.
  • Hyang-Won Lee, Assistant Professor, Konkuk University, Seoul, Korea
  • Krishna Jagannathan, Assistant Professor, Indian Istitute of Technology, Madras, India
  • Gil Zussman, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Columbia University
  • Long Le, Assistant Professor at INRS, Montreal, Canada

Former Ph.D Students

Poompat (Tengo) Saengudomlert, Assocaite Professor, Bangkok University, Bangkok, Thailand. Thesis:  “Architectural Study of High-Speed Networks with Optical Bypassing,” August 2002.

Alvin Fu — Thesis: “Energy Allocation for communication Satellites,” January 2003. (co-advised with John Tsitsiklis). 

Anand Ganti — Thesis:  “Transmission Scheduling for satellite and wireless Systems,” January 2003. (co-advised with John Tsitsiklis).  Currently a research scientist at Sandia National Labs.

Michael Neely





Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California.
Thesis: “Dynamic Routing  and Power Allocation in Satellite and Wireless Networks with Time Varying Channels,“ December 2003. 

Chunmei Liu — Thesis:  “Cross-Layer Protocol Interactions in Heterogeneous Data Networks,” December 2004. Currently a research scientist at Sprint Labs.

Li Wei Chen — Thesis: “Dynamic Resource Allocation in WDM Networks with Optical Bypass and Waveband Switching,”  August 2005.  Currenltly at Venu Co. as member of technical staff.

Andrew Brzezinski
Thesis: " Dynamic Reconfiguration and Routing in IP-over-WDM Networks with stochastic Traffic,” June 2007. Currently at Fidelity Investments.

Jun Sun
Thesis: “Dynamic Channel Allocation for Satellite Networks,” June 2007. Currently, Member of Technical Staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

Murtaza Zafer
Thesis: “Energy Efficient Transmission Scheduling with Quality of Service Constraints,” June 2007. Currently member of Technical Staff at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.

Anand Srinivas
Thesis: Architectures and Algorithms for Network Self Organization in Mobile Wireless Networks,” June 2007. Currently member of technical staff at Airvana Inc.

Emily Craparo
Thesis: "Cooperative Exploration Under Communication Constraints," August, 2008. Currently on the faculty at the Naval Postgraduate School.

Krishna Jagannathan
Thesis: “Asymptotic Performance of Queue Length Based Network Control Policies,” August 2010.  Currently Assistant Professor, Indian Istitute of Technology, Madras, India

Kayi Lee, Thesis: “Survivability in Layered Networks,” January 2011.  Currently at Google Research

Sebastiann Neumayer, “On the Robustness of Network Infrastructures to Disasters and Physical Attacks,”  August 2012.  Currently member of technical staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

Guner celik, "Scheduling algorithms for throughput maximization in time-varying networks with reconfiguration delays,”  August, 2012.  Currently at Oracle, Mountain View, CA.

Mihalis Markakis, “Scheduling in Switched Queueing Networks with Heavy-Tailed Traffic, June 2013.  Currently Assistant Professor, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain.

Greg Kuperman, “Network Protection with Service Guarantees” June 2013.  Currently member of technical staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

Nathan Jones, “Practical Algorithms for Distributed Network Control,” August 2013. Currently member of technical staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

Matt Johnston, "The Role of Control Information in Wireless Link Scheduling," December 2014.  Currently at Boeing Co.

Marzieh Parandehgheibi, "Modeling and Mitigating Cascading Failures in Interdependent Power Grids and Communication Networks," May 2016.  Currently at NEC Labs.

Former Master's Students

  • Brant, Dmitry — Thesis:  "Threshold Schemes for Optical Flow Switching,"  June, 1999.
  • Melahn Parker — Thesis: “Broadband Satellite Constellation Design and Evaluation,” June 2001.
  • (co-advised with Charles Boppe and Paul Cefola)
  • Tatsuki Kashitani — Thesis:  “Development and Application of an Analysis Methodology for Satellite Broadband Network Architectures,” June, 2002. (co-advised with Charles Boppe and Paul Cefola).
  • Hungjen Wang — Thesis: “Routing Policy on Robustness in WDM Optical Networks,” January 2002.
  • Ashwinder Ahluwalia - Thesis: “Distributed Construction of Energy Efficient Ad Hoc Wireless Broadcast Trees,” January 2002.
  • Jun Sun — Thesis:  “Routing and Capacity provisioning for Low Earth Orbit satellite constellations with both circuit and packet traffic,”  August, 2002.
  • Dan Kan — Thesis:  “Design of Survivable IP-over-WDM Networks: Providing Protection and Restoration at the Electronic Layer,” June 2003.
  • Murtaza Zafer — Thesis:  “Blocking probability analysis and channel assignment algorithms for wireless networks,” August 2003.
  • Sonia Jain — Thesis: “Enhancing the Performance of TCP over Satellite Links,” June, 2003.            
  • Anand Srinivas — Thesis: “Reliability and Energy Efficiency in Wireless Ad Hoc Networks,” June, 2004.
  • Amir Khandani — Thesis:  “Cooperative Routing in Wireless Networks,”  June, 2004.
  • Danjie Chen — Thesis:  “Minimum Energy Path Planning for Ad Hoc Networks“, June 2005.
  • Krishna Jagannathan — Thesis: “Efficient Scheduling of Multi-User Multi-Antenna Systems,” August 2006.
  • Wajahat Khan - Thesis: Autonomous Routing Algorithms for Networks with Wide-Spread Failures, August, 2008.
  • Guner Celik, “Medium Access Schemes for Ultra-wideband Networks,” August 2007.
  • Ryan Kingsbury, “Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks for Oceanic Aircraft Communications,” August 2009.
  • Matt Johnston, “A Robust Optimization Approach to Network Design,” August 2010
  • Karim Liman-Tinguiri, “Using Importance Sampling to Simulate Netwokrs with Heavy Tailed Service Tiem Distributions,”  August 2011.
  • Marzieh Parandehgheib, “Survivable paths in multilayer networks,”  June, 2012.
  • Zach Bunting, “Improving Performance through Topology Management and Wireless Scheduling in Military Multi-hop Radio Networks,” June 2013.
  • Kyu Soeb Kim, “Transmission Scheduling with Deadline and Throughput Constraints,”  August 2013.