Laurent Vanbever
Associate Professor — ETH Zürich

I am an associate professor at ETH Zürich where I lead the Networked Systems Group (NSG). My research interests lie at the crossroads of theory and practice, with a focus on network programmability and Internet routing. Overall, I aim at making (large) computer networks more performant and easier to manage.

I completed my PhD in computer science in October 2012 at the University of Louvain under the guidance of Olivier Bonaventure. My thesis is entitled "Methods and Techniques for Disruption-Free Network Reconfiguration". After my PhD, I spent two years at Princeton University working with Jennifer Rexford as a postdoctoral researcher.

Prior to my PhD, I earned my master degree in computer science from the University of Louvain in 2008. I also earned a master degree in management from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management in 2010.

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Selected papers (details, full list)

SIGCOMM 2021 Snowcap: Synthesizing Network-Wide Configuration Updates
NSDI 2021 Metha: Network Verifiers Need To Be Correct Too!
HotNets 2020 xBGP: When You Can't Wait for the IETF and Vendors   [ANRP Prize'21]
HotNets 2020 P2GO: P4 Profile-Guided Optimizations
SIGCOMM 2020 Probabilistic Verification of Network Configurations   [SIGCOMM Best Student Paper Award]
CCR 2020 An Open Platform to Teach How the Internet Practically Works   [Best of CCR]
NSDI 2020 SP-PIFO: Approximating Push-In First-Out Behaviors using Strict Priority Queues
NSDI 2020 Config2Spec: Mining Network Specifications from Network Configurations   [ANRP Prize'21]
HotNets 2019 (Self) Driving Under the Influence: Intoxicating Adversarial Network Inputs
NSDI 2019 Blink: Fast Connectivity Recovery Entirely in the Data Plane
NDSS 2019 SABRE: Protecting Bitcoin against Routing Attacks
HotNets 2018 Hardware-Accelerated Network Control Planes
NSDI 2018 NetComplete: Practical Network-Wide Configuration Synthesis with Autocompletion
NSDI 2018 Net2Text: Query-Guided Summarization of Network Forwarding Behaviors
NSDI 2018 Stroboscope: Declarative Network Monitoring on a Budget
Usenix Security 2018 NetHide: Secure and Practical Network Topology Obfuscation
PLDI 2018 Bayonet: Probabilistic Inference for Networks
SIGCOMM 2017 SWIFT: Predictive Fast Reroute
IEEE S&P 2017 Hijacking Bitcoin: Routing Attacks on Cryptocurrencies    [ANRP Prize'18]
HotNets 2017 Integrating Verification and Repair into the Control Plane
CAV 2017 Network-wide Configuration Synthesis
NSDI 2016 An Industrial-Scale Software Defined Internet Exchange Point    [NSDI Community Award]
PLDI 2016 SDNRacer: Concurrency Analysis for Software-Defined Networks
HotNets 2016 Mille-Feuille: Putting ISP traffic under the scalpel
SIGCOMM 2015 Central Control Over Distributed Routing    [SIGCOMM Best Paper Award, ANRP Prize'16]
Usenix Security 2015 RAPTOR: Routing Attacks on Privacy in Tor
HotNets 2015 Destroying networks for fun (and profit)
SIGCOMM 2014 SDX: A Software Defined Internet Exchange
CoNEXT 2014 DRAGON: Distributed Route Aggregation on the Global Network    [ANRP Prize'15]
HotNets 2014 Anonymity on QuickSand: Using BGP to Compromise Tor
HotNets 2014 Sweet Little Lies: Fake Topologies for Flexible Routing