Fabián E. Bustamante


Computer Science Division
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Northwestern University
Contact information

Technological Institute, L477
( Getting there) 2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL USA 60208


(Assistant) Patrick Hickey patrick.hickey@... 1.847. 491-7132

The principle of science, the definition, almost, is the following: The test of all knowledge is experiment. Experiment is the sole judge of scientific 'truth'. But what is the source of knowledge? Where do the laws that are to be tested come from? Experiment, itself, helps to produce these laws, in the sense that it gives us hints. But also needed is imagination to create from these hints the great generalizations to guess at the wonderful, simple, but very strange patterns beneath them all, and then to experiment to check again whether we have made the right guess.

Richard Feynman, The Feynman Lectures on Physics

I am interested in large-scale, longitudinal experimental research on networks and distributed systems.

The goals of my research is to understand (computer) networks and the distributed systems we build on them from the perspective of users at the edge of the network, and improve and design systems based on the gained insight.


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Biography/Curriculum Vitae

Fabián E. Bustamante is a Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Northwestern University. Fabián completed his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1997 and 2001, respectively, working under the direction of Karsten Schwan. Before going to Georgia Tech, he studied and taught at the Universidad Nacional de La Patagonia San Juan Bosco (Argentina), from which he received both a 3-year and a 5-year-and-project degrees in computer science. His research interests span several areas of experimental systems, with a focus on large-scale distributed computing in wide-area and mobile networks. Fabián is a senior ACM member, a member of USENIX and the IEEE. Fabián is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award and the Science Foundation of Ireland E.T.S. Walton Visitor Award.

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Recent and representative publications

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Previous Courses

Graduate Students


  • Robert H. Belson
  • Danqi Liao


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Selected Professional Activities

Program Committees

Past: CoNEXT 2015 | IMC 2015 | EuroSys 2014 | ICDCS 2014 | IEEE P2P 2014 | CoNEXT 2013 | Networking 2013 | ICDCS 2013 | ACM SIGCOMM 2012 | ACM SIGCOMM Poster/Demos 2013 | IEEE ICNP 2013 | ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Measurements Up and Down the STack (W-MUST) 2012 | ACM/USENIX IMC 2011 | ACM SIGCOMM Poster/Demos 2011 | ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Home Networks (HomeNets) 2011 ... (A complete list can be found in my CV)

Other Professional Service

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  • Affiliated Faculty - Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems - founded in 2004 with the goals of uncovering fundamental principles governing complex systems in science, technology, and human behavior and applying these principles to solve societally relevant problems through the analysis, design, and control of complex systems.
  • Affiliated Faculty - Northwestern Universtiy Transportation Center - a leading interdisciplinary education and research institution dedicated, since 1954, to the long-term improvement of domestic and international systems for the movements of materials, people, energy, and information.

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