François Baccelli

(University of Texas at Austin)

Biography

François Baccelli is Simons Math+X Chair in Mathematics and ECE at UT Austin. His research directions are at the interface between Applied Mathematics (probability theory, stochastic geometry, dynamical systems) and Communications (network science, information theory, wireless networks). He is co-author of research monographs on point processes and queues (with P. Brémaud); max plus algebras and network dynamics (with G. Cohen, G. Olsder and J.P. Quadrat); stationary queuing networks (with P. Brémaud); stochastic geometry and wireless networks (with B. Blaszczyszyn). Before joining UT Austin, he held positions at INRIA, Ecole Normale Supérieure and Ecole Polytechnique.

His main contributions are (1) the development of the stationary queuing network framework at a time where Markovian analysis was dominant; (2) the development of the (max,plus) algebraic theory for the dynamics of networks, which has had and continues to have a big impact on several fields of both engineering and mathematics; (3) the initiation of wireless stochastic geometry, which is now a major field at the interface of stochastics and communication networks.

His impact beyond academia can be measured by current and past projects with Alcatel, France-Telecom, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Intel, Sprint, Huawei, Samsung and Qualcomm. He received the France Télécom Prize of the French Academy of Sciences in 2002 for (1) and (2) and the ACM Sigmetrics Achievement Award in 2014. He is also a co-recipient of the 2014 Stephen O. Rice Prize and of the Leonard G. Abraham Prize Awards of the IEEE Communications Theory Society, in relation with (3). He also received the Math+X award of the Simons Foundation in 2012. He is a member of the French Academy of Sciences and part time researcher at INRIA.