Tilman Wolf

Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Interim Department Head of Biomedical Engineering
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Massachusetts Amherst
wolf@umass.edu

Contact Information

Address:   Whitmore Administration Building, room 366
University of Massachusetts
181 Presidents Drive
Amherst, MA 01003-9313 USA
Phone:   +1-413-545-0757 (email preferred)
Email:   wolf@umass.edu
Web:   http://www.ecs.umass.edu/ece/wolf

Biography

Tilman Wolf is Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Interim Department Head of Biomedical Engineering, and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His responsibilities include academic space, personnel reviews, and implementation of new initiatives, such as new cohort-based international distance education programs and year-round university operation. He led the effort to establish the new Department of Biomedical Engineering. As Associate Dean of Engineering, he developed a new training program for graduate students who teach the college-wide freshman seminar. He is engaged in research and teaching in the areas of computer networks, cybersecurity, and embedded systems. He is a co-author of the book "Architecture of Network Systems" and has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. His research has been supported by grants from NSF, DARPA, and industry. He has taught numerous courses on computer networks, embedded systems, programming, and digital design.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
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Education

Institute for Management and Leadership in Education

Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Summer 2018

Management Development Program

Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Summer 2016

D.Sc. in Computer Science

Washington University in St. Louis

Dissertation: "Design and Performance of Scalable High-Performance Programmable Routers."
Advisor: Jonathan S. Turner

August 2002

M.S. in Computer Engineering

Washington University in St. Louis
August 2000

M.S. in Computer Science

Washington University in St. Louis

Project: "Design of a Medical-Video-on-Demand System over ATM Networks"
Advisor: Guru M. Parulkar

December 1998

Diplom in Informatik

Universität Stuttgart, Germany

Project: "User Generated Annotations for WWW Documents"
Advisor: Kurt Rothermel

July 1998

Awards

External Awards
  • IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Communications Society, 2014 - 2017 (renewed 2016)
  • Best Paper Award, First IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security, 2013
  • Notable Article in Computing, ACM Computing Reviews' Best of 2013
  • Best Paper Award, 12th IEEE International Conference on High Performance Switching and Routing, 2011
  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2005
  • IBM Research Fellowship, 2001 - 2002
  • Fulbright Scholarship, 1996 - 1997
Internal Awards
  • Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award, University of Massachusetts, 2017
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, IEEE/HKN Student Chapter, University of Massachusetts, 2010
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Engineering, University of Massachusetts, 2008
  • Barbara H. and Joseph I. Goldstein Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, College of Engineering, University of Massachusetts, 2006
  • Lilly Teaching Fellowship, University of Massachusetts, 2004 - 2005
  • Outstanding Thesis Award, Universität Stuttgart, 1998

Administration

Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Member of Provost's leadership team with responsibility for several key functions in academic affairs: coordination with facilities and campus planning to ensure effective use of academic spaces and the availability of suitable laboratory spaces for new hires; evaluation of faculty for tenure, promotion, and other personnel actions; implementation of international distance education programs.

September 2017 - present

Interim Department Head of Biomedical Engineering

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Leadership of newly established Department of Biomedical Engineering with responsibility for continued implementation of new degree programs, faculty hiring, move into new space, establishment of research programs, and collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS).

June 2019 - present

Co-Leader of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL)

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Co-leader of the UMass Amherst Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning, which is part of a national network of 43 research universities to provide training for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in STEM disciplines to prepare them for careers that involve teaching.

June 2013 - present

Senior Associate Dean / Associate Dean for Research

College of Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Member of College of Engineering leadership team with responsibility for creation of a new department and degree programs in biomedical engineering, overseeing research activities, coordinating space use, ensuring compliance with environmental health and safety regulations, directing the information technology group, conducting evaluations of academic personnel, and implementation of a new cohort-based distance education program in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

January 2016 - August 2017

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Operations

College of Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Member of College of Engineering leadership team with responsibility for graduate studies and general operation, implementing a new Freshman Seminar program, coordinating graduate student fellowships, training graduate students for teaching, develop new degree programs, directing the information technology group, and conducting evaluations of academic personnel.

January 2014 - December 2015

Director of Five-Year B.S./M.S. Program

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Founder of new 5-year B.S./M.S. program in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

May 2009 - August 2015

Research

Research Interests

My research is in the areas of computer networks, cybersecurity, and embedded systems. My research interests include Internet architecture, network routers, embedded system security, and Internet of Things. My students and I approach these problems from a theoretical as well as practical angle and place emphasis on the implementation of prototype systems for validation and to obtain quantitative performance data.
I was lead principal investigator on the ChoiceNet project, one of five large NSF Future Internet Architecture (FIA) projects. I am co-author of the book "Architecture of Network Systems" and have published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. My research has been supported by grants from NSF, DARPA, and industry.

Publications

A full list of my publication is available in my CV. Most of my publications are also listed in the following databases:
Google Scholar
DBLP Computer Science Bibliography
IEEE Xplore Digital Library
ACM Digital Library
Publication identifiers: ORCID: 0000-0003-0449-0441, ResearcherID: B-4782-2019, Scopus: 7201702112

Graduate Students

I have had the opportunity to work with many talented students. Students I have worked with have gone on to pursue successful careers in industry and academia. Overall, I have supervied 32 M.S. theses and 12 Ph.D. disertations.
Math Genealogy Project

 

Teaching

I have taught numerous courses on computer networks, embedded systems, programming, digital design, and the introduction to electrical and computer engineering. In all of my teaching, I aim to inspire students with excitement about the impact that they can have as engineers. I also want all aspiring engineers to believe that they can succeed as students and as practitioners.
My approach to teaching has evolved over the last decade to reflect these aspirations. This was in response to two challenges that I observed in engineering education: (1) the field of engineering, particularly electrical and computer engineering, has long projected an image of artificial selectivity that threatens to filter out those students who do not already come with prior preparation, rather than providing a nurturing environment for a diverse student body to learn and succeed, and (2) the bottom-up structure of the curriculum hides from students a perspective of how foundational materials relate to the "big picture," in which engineering solves meaningful, societal problems.
To address these issues, I have transformed my classroom engagement and the content and structure of the introductory courses that I co-teach. In the classroom, I share my passion for engineering with my students - I enjoy the thrill of stepping in front of a class and delivering an engaging performance. Developing demos and activities that can be conducted in large classroom environments was an innovation that I introduced when redesigning and creating the introductory engineering courses.


Service

Leadership in Professional Societies
  • IEEE Communications Society Technical Committee on Computer Communications (TCCC), Vice Chair, July 2019 - present
  • IFIP Working Group 6.2: Network and Internetwork Architectures, Full Member, January 2019 - present
  • IEEE Communications Society Awards Committee, Member, January 2016 - December 2018
  • ACM Special Interest Group on Communication (SIGCOMM), Treasurer, June 2005 - June 2013 (re-elected 2007 and 2009)
  • Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) End Middle End (EME) Research Group, Co-Chair, October 2006 - February 2008
Advisory Boards and Steering Committees
  • National Leadership Team of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL), Member, August 2019 - present
  • Advisory Board of the Center for International Education (CIE), College of Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Member, May 2019 - present
  • Steering Committee of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, Chair, July 2013 - June 2014, Member, April 2012 - present
  • Steering Committee of ACM/IEEE Symposium on Architectures for Networking and Communication Systems (ANCS), Member, October 2012 - present
  • Steering Committee of Global Internet Symposium (GI), Member, March 2010 - December 2016
  • External Advisory Board, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis, Member, 2010 - 2013
Editorships
  • IEEE Networking Letters, Associate Editor, June 2018 - present
  • IEEE Micro, Associate Editor, November 2005 - April 2016
  • IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, Associate Editor, September 2007 - March 2012
  • Computer Networks (Elsevier), Guest Editor, Special Issue on Architectures and Protocols for the Future Internet, Volume 55, Number 4, March 2011
  • International Journal on Design Automation for Embedded Systems (Springer), Guest Editor, Special Issue on Embedded System Security, Volume 12, Number 3, September 2008
Conference General Chair / Co-Chair
  • ACM/IEEE Symposium on Architectures for Networking and Communication Systems (ANCS) 2012
  • IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks (ICCCN) 2010
Conference Technical Program Co-Chair
  • Annual Joint Conference of the IEEE Computer and Communications Societies (INFOCOM) 2019
  • IEEE International Symposium on Local and Metropolitan Area Networks (LANMAN) 2019
  • IFIP Networking 2017
  • IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security (CNS) 2016
  • IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP) 2013
  • ACM/IEEE Symposium on Architectures for Networking and Communication Systems (ANCS) 2011
  • IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks (ICCCN) 2009
Conference Organizing Committee Member
  • ACM Annual Conference of the Special Interest Group on Data Communication (SIGCOMM) Treasurer 2018, Student Travel Grant Chair 2004, 2014
  • IEEE International Conference on Cloud Networking (CloudNet) Publicity Co-Chair 2018
  • Annual Joint Conference of the IEEE Computer and Communications Societies (INFOCOM) Panel Co-Chair 2015
  • ACM/IEEE Symposium on Architectures for Networking and Communication Systems (ANCS) Finance Chair 2010
  • IEEE Conference on Open Architectures and Network Programming (OPENARCH) Publicity Chair 2003
  • IEEE International Symposium on Performance Analysis of Systems and Software (ISPASS) Publicity and Web Co-Chair 2001
Conference Technical Program Teack Chair / Co-Chair
  • International Conference on Parallel Processing (ICPP} 2014
  • IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks (ICCCN) 2008
Conference Technical Program Committee Area Chair
  • Annual Joint Conference of the IEEE Computer and Communications Societies (INFOCOM) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020
  • IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security (CNS) 2014, 2015, 2017
Conference Technical Program Committee Member
  • IFIP Networking 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2020
  • IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security (CNS) 2013, 2019
  • ACM Symposium on Software-Defined Networking Research (SOSR) 2016, 2019
  • IEEE Conference on Network Function Virtualization and Software Defined Networks (NFV-SDN) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • IEEE International Conference on Internet-of-Things Design and Implementation (IoTDI) 2017, 2018
  • ACM/IEEE Symposium on Architectures for Networking and Communication Systems (ANCS) 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2017
  • IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP) 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2017
  • International Teletraffic Congress (ITC) 2017
  • IEEE International Symposium on Local and Metropolitan Area Networks (LANMAN) 2008, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016
  • IEEE Sensing, Communication and Networking (SECON) 2016
  • ACM International Conference on emerging Networking EXperiments and Technologies (CoNEXT) 2015
  • ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC), Special Track on Embedded Systems 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014
  • Annual Joint Conference of the IEEE Computer and Communications Societies (INFOCOM) 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks (ICCCN) 2007, 2008, 2012
  • IEEE Globecom - Next Generation Networking and Internet Symposium 2012
  • IEEE International Conference on Communications in China (ICCC) 2012
  • IEEE International Symposium on Performance Analysis of Systems and Software (ISPASS) 2010
  • International Conference on Future Information Networks (ICFIN) 2009
  • ISCA International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Computing and Communication Systems (PDCCS) 2008
  • Passive and Active Measurement Conference (PAM) 2007
  • International Working Conference on Active Networks (IWAN) 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Annual IEEE International Symposium on Workload Characterization (IISWC) 2005
  • International Conference on Parallel Processing (ICPP} 2003
  • IEEE Conference on Open Architectures and Network Programming (OPENARCH) 2003
Workshop Co-Chair
  • Global Internet Symposium (GIS) in conjunction with the IEEE Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM) 2010
  • Workshop on Re-Architecting the Internet (ReArch) in conjunction with the ACM International Conference on emerging Networking EXperiments and Technologies (CoNEXT) 2009
  • Workshop on Performance Evaluation of Next-Generation Networks (NetEval) in conjunction with the IEEE International Symposium on Performance Analysis of Systems and Software (ISPASS) 2009
  • Workshop on Embedded System Security (WESS) in conjunction with ACM EMSOFT 2007
  • Advanced Networking and Communications Hardware Workshop (ANCHOR) in conjunction with The Annual International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA) 2006
Workshop Technical Program Committee Member
  • Global Internet Symposium (GIS) in conjunction with the IEEE Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM) 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015
  • Workshop on Secure Network Protocols (NPSec) 2014, 2015
  • Workshop on Heterogeneous and Unconventional Cluster Architectures and Applications (HUCAA) in conjunction with International Conference on Parallel Processing (ICPP) 2013, 2014
  • Workshop on Embedded System Security (WESS) in conjunction with ACM EMSOFT 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • International Workshop on the Network of the Future (FutureNet) 2011
  • FTRA International Workshop on Security and Application for Embedded Smart Systems (SAE) 2011
  • Workshop on Re-Architecting the Internet (ReArch) in conjunction with the ACM International Conference on emerging Networking EXperiments and Technologies (CoNEXT) 2008, 2010
  • IEEE Workshop on Enabling the Future Service-Oriented Internet in conjunction with IEEE Globecom 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • International Workshop on Security and Privacy in Cloud Computing (SPCC) 2010
  • Workshop on the Influence of I/O on Microprocessor Architecture (IOM) 2009
  • IEEE INFOCOM High-Speed Networks Workshop (HSN) 2008
  • Workshop on Network Processors (NP) 2003, 2004

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