University of Minnesota


DTC Leading Edge Seminar Series

The Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI)


Vicraj (Vic) Thomas
BBN Technologies

Tuesday, August 10, 2010
3:30 pm Reception
4:00 pm Seminar

401/402 Walter Library

The Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) is a suite of research infrastructure components rapidly taking shape in prototype form across the US. It is sponsored by the US National Science Foundation, with the goal of becoming the world's first laboratory environment for exploring future Internets at scale, promoting innovations in network science, security, technologies, services, and applications. GENI will allow academic and industrial researchers to perform a new class of experiments that tackle critically important issues in global communications networks:

GENI will enable researchers to explore these issues by running large-scale, well-instrumented, end-to-end experiments engaging substantial numbers of real users. These experiments may be fully compatible with today's Internet, variations or improvements on today's Internet protocols, or indeed radically novel "clean slate" designs. Starting in October 2009, the GENI project has begun to pave the way to such experiments by a "mesoscale" build-out through more than a dozen US campuses, two national backbones, and several regional networks. If this effort proves successful, it will provide a path toward more substantial build-out. NSF GENI Project (


Dr. Vicraj (Vic) Thomas is a Scientific Director at BBN Technologies and a Systems Engineer with the GENI Project Office. He is responsible for Distributed Services and Security for the GENI project. Prior to BBN, Vic was a Staff Scientist at Honeywell. He was the Industrial Technology Area Leader for the sensor networks research area within the US-UK International Technology Alliance (ITA) program on Network Science. He was the PI for Honeywell's DARPA NEST and Ultra*Log projects. He also was a systems architect on the NASA C3I network for the Orion program and a member of the architecture team for the Boeing Future Combat Systems SOSCOE system (middleware for the FCS system of systems). Vic has been invited to speak at workshops and conferences including the NSF/Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Workshop on Sensors, Smart Structures and Mechatronic Systems (Tokyo 2005), the EU Workshop on Next Generation Sensor Actuator Systems (Edinburg 2007), the International Workshop on Cyber-Physical Systems Challenges and Applications (Santorini 2008), and the International Symposium on Global Information Governance (Prague 2009).

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