Azer Bestavros

Azer Bestavros

Title: Professor

Office: MCS 276


Phone: 617-353-9726

Education: PhD, Harvard




Azer Bestavros is Professor and former Chair (2000-2007) of the BU Computer Science Department, which he joined in 1991 after completing his PhD at Harvard. His research contributions in the broad areas of networking and distributed systems include pioneering the Web push content distribution model adopted years later by industry, seminal work on Internet traffic characterization, game-theoretic approaches to cloud resource management, and safety certification of networked systems and software. This work yielded 16 PhD theses, 6 issued patents, 3 startups, and hundreds of refereed papers that are cited over 13,000 times. He is the Founding Director of the BU Hariri Institute for Computing, which was set up in 2010 to “create and sustain a community of scholars who believe in the transformative potential of computational perspectives in research and education.” At the Institute, he is spearheading a number of cloud computing, big-data, and cybersecurity initiatives, most notably the Open Cloud Exchange project which aims to set up a new model for public clouds and for cloud marketplaces. He serves as board member of the Cloud Computing Caucus, a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of industry and key government stakeholders, focused on raising awareness and educating lawmakers and the public on issues associated with cloud computing.

Selected Publications

Nikolaos Laoutaris, Georgios Smaragdakis, Konstantinos Oikonomou, Ioannis Stavrakakis, and Azer Bestavros. Distributed Server Migration for Scalable Internet Service Deployment. IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, 2013.

Dora Erdos, Vatche Ishakian, Azer Bestavros, and Evimaria Terzi. Repetition-Aware Content Placement in Navigational Networks. In Proceedings of KDD’13: The ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, Chicago, IL, August 2013.

Richard Skowyra, Sanaz Bahargam, and Azer Bestavros. Software-Defined IDS for Securing Embedded Mobile Devices. In Proceedings of HPEC’13: The IEEE High Performance Extreme Computing Conference, Waltham, MA, September 2013.