Research in distributed systems technology at BBN

14 Oct
Wednesday, 10/14/2009 8:00am to 9:15am

Joe Loyall, Partha Pal, and Michael Atighetchi
BBN Technologies

Computer Science Building, Room 150

Joe Loyall, Partha Pal, and Michael Atighetchi (UMass Amherst CS Alum) will present their recent work in distributed information management, touching on quality of service and security/survivability aspects.

Abstract: From the inception of the idea that computing can be distributed over various nodes, across network or over time, BBN has been developing technologies that enable the development for smarter, more robust, agile and better managed distributed systems. In this talk we will focus on three broad areas of active research, namely

  • QoS management
  • Survivable Systems, and
  • Cross Domain Solutions

Each segment will start with a brief description of recent accomplishments and describe current thrusts and future directions.

Joseph P. Loyall is a Principal Scientist at BBN Technologies in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Loyall is a Senior Technical Director of the Distributed Systems Technology group at BBN and conducts research in the areas of distributed real-time embedded systems, adaptive middleware, quality of service, and aspect languages. He graduated with a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Illinois in 1991, received a Master of Science in computer science from the University of Illinois in 1988, and a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Indiana University in 1985.

Partha P. Pal is a Lead Scientist at BBN Technologies. He is a member of the Distributed Systems Technology group of the BBN Technologies' Intelligent Distributed Computing department. His research interest is in the area of survivable distributed systems. He has a Ph.D. in computer science from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. He is a senior member of the IEEE, and a member of the ACM.

Michael Atighetchi is a Scientist at BBN Technologies. He received his M.S. in Computer Science from UMass Amherst in 1999 and is a senior member of the IEEE. While at UMass Amherst, he worked with Professors Victor Lesser and David Jensen. At BBN, Mr. Atighetchi conducts research in cross domain information sharing and adaptive security paradigms for service-oriented systems.

About BBN Technologies:
BBN Technologies is a legendary R&D organization that creates technology and leverages the resulting intellectual property to produce advanced, repeatable solutions such as the Boomerang shooter detection system. With expertise spanning information security, speech and language processing, networking, distributed systems, and sensing and control systems, BBN scientists and engineers have amassed a substantial collection of innovations and patented solutions. BBN now employs approximately 700 people in seven locations in the US: Cambridge, Massachusetts (headquarters); Arlington, Virginia; Columbia, Maryland; Middletown, Rhode Island; San Diego, California; St. Louis Park, Minnesota; and O'Fallon, Illinois. For more information, visit www.bbn.com.


Talk with Joe, Partha, and Michael about BBN's available positions and internships after the presentation.

Lunch (subs & salads) will be provided.