John Byers


Title: Professor
Office: MCS 270
Phone: 617-353-8925
Education: PhD, UC Berkeley


John Byers joined the BU Department of Computer Science in 1999 after completing my Ph.D. at UC Berkeley. His research interests are broadly focused on algorithmic and economic aspects of e-commerce, networking, and large-scale data management, striking a balance between theoretical foundations and rigorous data-driven experimentation.

John is Chief Scientist and a member of the Board of Directors at Cogo Labs, a start-up based in Cambridge, MA, where he has had an executive role since the company’s founding (as Adverplex, Inc.) in 2005. Cogo leverages a proprietary technology platform for online advertising, algorithmic marketing, and data analytics to guide incubated portfolio companies from inception to profitability and beyond.

Selected Publications

Georgios Zervas, Davide Proserpio and John W. Byers. The Rise of the Sharing Economy: Estimating the Impact of Airbnb on the Hotel Industry. Working paper. Presented at the Workshop on Information Systems and Economics (WISE), Milan, Dec 2013.

John W. Byers, Michael Mitzenmacher and Georgios Zervas. The Groupon Effect on Yelp Ratings: A Root Cause Analysis. In Proc. of the 13th ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce, Valencia, Spain, June 2012.

Ashok Anand, Fahad Dogar, Dongsu Han, Boyan Li, Hyeontaek Lim, Michel Machado, Wenfei Wu, Aditya Akella, David Andersen, John Byers, Srinivasan Seshan and Peter Steenkiste. XIA: An Architecture for an Evolvable and Trustworthy Internet. Proc. of ACM HotNets X, Cambridge, MA, November 2011.