Biography: Joseph Pasquale

Joseph Pasquale is the J. Robert Beyster Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, San Diego, where he has been on the faculty since 1987. His research interests are in operating systems, distributed systems and networks, focusing on performance and reliability of Internet-scale systems with highly decentralized control (e.g., cloud computing and peer-to-peer systems). His work has spanned topics in mobile/wireless systems, Internet/web computing, cloud computing, peer-to-peer systems, thin-client computing, I/O system software and network-based I/O, long-running replicated systems, extended client/server structures, mobile agents, packet scheduling for network QoS, OS/network support for multimedia (audio and video), TCP/IP performance, file system I/O performance, multicast routing, OS kernel structure, and process scheduling. He teaches courses primarily on operating systems at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He also teaches courses on discrete mathematics, as well as freshman seminars on far-ranging topics such as gambling theory and the slide rule. In recent years, he has been actively involved in the designs of a math and engineering-oriented study-abroad program in Rome for undergraduates, and an outreach program to interest high school students in computer science.

Pasquale received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley (with dissertation on fundamental problems of decentralized control in large-scale distributed systems, advised by Domenico Ferrari), and bachelor's and master's degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (with dissertation on the design and implementation of computer-synthesized musical performance systems, advised by Marvin Minsky and mentored by Hal Alles and Max Mathews at Bell Laboratories). He has received numerous awards in both teaching and research, including the UCSD Chancellor's Associates Faculty Excellence Award in Undergraduate Teaching, the UCSD Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award, the Jacobs School of Engineering Teacher of the Year in CSE, the IBM Faculty Award, the TRW Young Investigator Award, the NCR Faculty Award, the NSF PYI (National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator) Award, and the Charles Lee Powell Foundation Faculty Award. He was a member of the IDA/DARPA Defense Science Study Group V. He served on numerous ACM and IEEE technical program conference committees, including those for SIGCOMM, SIGMETRICS, ICDCS, INFOCOM, Multimedia, NOSSDAV, CSCW, and ISADS. He also served on and chaired the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award committee and numerous NSF award and review committees.


Joe is originally from New Jersey and is of Italian descent (his parents were Italian immigrants, from Calabria). He enjoys Italian food and cinema, and traveling in Italy.