Biography: Joseph Pasquale

Joseph Pasquale is a 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 cloud computing, peer-to-peer systems, thin-client computing, IoT (Internet of Things), mobile/wireless systems, Internet/Web computing, I/O system software and network-based I/O, long-running replicated systems, extended client/server structures, mobile agents, packet scheduling for network quality of service (QoS), operating system/network support for multimedia (audio and video), TCP/IP performance, file system I/O performance, multicast routing, operating system kernel structure, and process scheduling. During 1991-94, Pasquale led a team of researchers to architect and build the Sequoia 2000 Network connecting five UC campuses, one of the first wide-area high-speed networks to effectively deliver real-time digital video and audio. He also led the CSE Department's UCSD ActiveWeb project in 1998-2005, and the FWGrid project in 2008-2011, both large-scale NSF-funded projects investigating cloud computing architectures. 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 doctorate in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley (with dissertation on fundamental problems of decentralized control in large-scale distributed systems), and bachelor's and master's degrees from MIT (with dissertation on the design and implementation of computer-synthesized musical performance systems). He has received numerous awards in both research (the Charles Lee Powell Foundation Faculty Award in 1987; the National Science Foundation (NSF) Presidential Young Investigator (PYI) Award in 1989; the IBM Faculty Development Award in 1991; the NCR Faculty Innovation Award in 1991; the TRW Young Investigator Award in 1991) and teaching (the Jacobs School of Engineering Teacher of the Year in 1992, 1998, and 2010; the UCSD Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award in 2003; the UCSD Chancellor's Associates Faculty Excellence Award in Undergraduate Teaching in 2007; the UCSD Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society Outstanding Faculty of the Year in 2015; the UCSD Panhellenic Association Outstanding Professor Award in 2018). He was a member of the IDA/DARPA Defense Science Study Group V during 1996-1997. During 1996-2021, he was the inaugural holder of the J. Robert Beyster Endowed Chair in Engineering. He has 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.