Invited Talk

Thursday March 26, 16:40 – 17:10

Suresh Subramaniam, Professor and Department Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering George Washington University, Washington DC, USA

Disaster Recovery in Optical Networks

Abstract: Natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods and man-made disasters such as terrorist attacks can  damage or even destroy large parts of  many types of infrastructure that we all rely on in modern society. Communications is a fundamental infrastructure that must be designed to be resilient to disasters. This talk will explore the impact of disasters on optical transport networks, and present some disaster recovery strategies.


Suresh Subramaniam received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1997. He is Professor and Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the George Washington University, Washington DC, where he directs the Lab for Intelligent Networking and Computing. His current research interests are optical networks, cloud computing, data center networks, and IoT. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers in these areas, and his research has been supported by several grants from the US NSF and the DARPA. Dr. Subramaniam is a co-editor of three books on optical networking. He has served in leadership positions for several top conferences including ICC, Globecom, and INFOCOM. He serves on the editorial boards of the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking and the IEEE/OSA Journal of Optical Communications and Networking. During 2012 and 2013, he served as the elected Chair of the IEEE Communication Society Optical Networking Technical Committee. He received the 2017 SEAS Distinguished Researcher Award from George Washington University, and was elected Fellow of the IEEE in 2015. He is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer since 2018.