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James F. Kurose

Distinguished Professor Jim Kurose
emeritus faculty
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
376 CS Building
(413) 545-1585


Computer network protocols and architecture, network measurement, sensor networks, and multimedia communication.


Professor Kurose's research interests are in the areas of computer network protocols and architecture, network measurement, sensor networks, and multimedia communication. He is also interested in the development of asynchronous learning materials and pedagogy, particularly the use of Internet-based multimedia material.


Jim Kurose is a Distinguished University Professor in the College of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he has been on the faculty since receiving his PhD in computer science from Columbia University. He received a BA in physics from Wesleyan University. He has held a number of visiting scientist positions in the US and abroad, including IBM Research, INRIA, and Sorbonne University in France.

From 2015 - 2019, Kurose served as Assistant Director at the US National Science Foundation, where he led the Directorate of Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). With an annual budget of nearly $1B, CISE's mission is to uphold the nation's leadership in scientific discovery and engineering innovation through its support of fundamental research in computer and information science and engineering and transformative advances in cyberinfrastructure. Recently, Jim also served as the Assistant Director for Artificial Intelligence in the US White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

Activities & Awards

Jim has served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Communications and was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. He has been active in the program committees for IEEE Infocom, ACM SIGCOMM, ACM SIGMETRICS, and the ACM Internet Measurement conferences for a number of years, and has served as Technical Program Co-Chair for these conferences. He is the recipient of several conference best paper awards, the IEEE Infocom Achievement Award, the ACM SIGCOMM award, and the ACM Sigcomm Test of Time Award. He has also received the IEEE Taylor Booth Education Medal and teaching awards from the National Technological University, the UMass College of Natural Science and Mathematics, and the Northeast Association of Graduate Schools. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the ACM, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Jim was one of the founders of the Commonwealth Information Technology Initiative (CITI) and helped lead in founding the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. He served for seven years on the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association, and on the advisory council of the NSF Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate. He served on the scientific advisory boards of IMDEA Networks in Madrid and the Laboratory for Information, Network and Communication Sciences in Paris. With Keith Ross, he is the co-author of the textbook, Computer Networking, a top down approach (8th edition), published by Pearson.