Dean of Engineering and Computer Science, NYU Shanghai
& Leonard J. Shustek Professor of Computer Science, CSE Dept, NYU

Keith Ross is the Dean of Engineering and Computer Science at NYU Shanghai and the Leonard J. Shustek Chair Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Dept at NYU. Before joining NYU-Poly in 2003, he was a professor at University of Pennsylvania (13 years) and a professor at Eurecom Institute (5 years). Professor Ross was the Department Head of the CSE Department at NYU-Poly from 2008 to 2013, and he joined NYU Shanghai in 2013. He received a B.S.E.E from Tufts University, a M.S.E.E. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Computer and Control Engineering from The University of Michigan.

Professor Ross's current research interests are in data-driven analysis of online social networks and privacy. He has also worked on peer-to-peer networking, Internet measurement, video streaming, applied probability and Markov decision processes. He is an ACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow, recipient of the Infocom 2009 Best Paper Award (1,435 papers submitted), and recipient of 2008 and the 2011 Best Paper Awards for Multimedia Communications (awarded by IEEE Communications Society). His work has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, Bloomberg Television, Huffington Post, Fast Company, Ars Technia, and the New Scientist.


Professor Ross is co-author (with James F. Kurose) of the popular textbook, Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet, published by Addison-Wesley (first edition in 2000, sixth edition 2012). It is the most popular textbook on computer networking, both nationally and internationally, and has been translated into fourteen languages. Excluding introductory programming textbooks, it is the fifth most popular CS textbook overall. Professor Ross is also the author of the research monograph, Multiservice Loss Models for Broadband Communication Networks, published by Springer in 1995.

He has served on numerous journal editorial boards and conference program committees. He was PC co-chair for ACM Multimedia 2002, ACM CoNext 2008, and IPTPS 2009. From July 1999 to July 2001, Professor Ross took a leave of absence to found and lead Wimba, which develops voice and video applications for online learning. He was the Wimba CEO and CTO during this period. Wimba was acquired by Blackboard in 2010. A personal account of asynchronous voice and the early days of Wimba can be found here.

Professor Ross is fluent in French and has been struggling with Mandarin for several years.