Ramakrishnan (Ram) Durairajan is an Assistant Professor and a Ripple Fellow in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Oregon. Ram co-directs the Oregon Networking Research Group (ONRG). Ram earned his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Computer Sciences from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and his B.Tech. in Information Technology from the College of Engineering, Guindy (CEG), Anna University. Ram's research has been recognized with NSF CRII award, Ripple faculty fellowship, UO faculty research award, best paper awards from ACM CoNEXT and ACM SIGCOMM GAIA, and has been covered in several fora (NYTimes, MIT Technology Review, Popular Science, Boston Globe, Gizmodo, Mashable, among others). In addition, his research on Internet topology has been named as "One of the 100 Greatest Innovations" and has won a number of awards including UW-Madison CS Department "Graduate Research Award" for best dissertation research in 2018 and the "Best of What's New" (in security category) by the Popular Science Magazine in 2017.
B.Tech. in Information Technology, College of Engineering - Guindy, 2010.
M.S. in Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2014.
Ph.D. in Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2017.
Ram's research vision is to create a "robust Internet" by taking a measure-and-then-build approach. To this end, Ram is interested in (a) developing new techniques and tools to empirically measure issues, properties and characteristics of the Internet; and (b) building decision-support systems to enhance Internet robustness by mitigating risks, outages, and cybersecurity issues identified using empirical measurements.
Broadly speaking, Ram has addressed research questions in several areas of computer networking including network measurements and analysis, network economics, large-scale network simulations, debugging and testing in software-defined networks, mobile and wireless communication, Internet of things, visualization, cyber attacks and security issues, and datacenter transport protocols.