Academic & Research
March 20, 2005 by Fernando Duran
Then I worked for several years for a computer services company sited in Seville's Cartuja Technological Park, as a software and network engineer.
In January 1st 1999, I came to the US as a guest researcher of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in its facilities at Gaithersburg, Maryland. NIST is part of the US government Department of Commerce. I worked for the Information and Technology Laboratory and the CIO office.
Our area of research was Quality of Service and traffic congestion in networks.
From this research our group of two researchers and myself published seven papers (two articles in a professional journal and five papers for international conferences), some of them are publicly available at: NIST 1999, 2000, DBLP or Google Scholar
The complete list is as follows:
- Performance Effects of Voice & Data Convergence, Journal of Network and Systems Management, December 2000.
- Best Case for TCP Management, Journal of Network and Systems Management (JSNM), Vol. 8, No. 4, December 2000.
- Strategies for TCP That Can Improve Multimedia Services, Proceedings of the International Association of Science & Technology for Development (IASTED), Internet & Multimedia Systems & Applications (IMSA) 2000 Conference, November 2000.
- Implementation Guidelines for Internet Based Multimedia Services, Proceedings of the IASTED, IMSA 2000 Conference, November 2000.
- Modeling Access Networks for Quality of Service, 1st IEEE European Conference on Universal Multiservice Networks (ECUMN), October 2000, Colmar, France.
- TCP Throughput and Buffer Management, 3rd IEEE International Symposium on Object-Oriented Real-Time Distributed Computing (ISORC), March 15-17 2000, Newport Beach, California.
- Priority Scheduling and Buffer Management for ATM Traffic Shaping, 7th IEEE Workshop on Future Trends of Distributed Computing Systems (FTDCS'99), December 20-22, 1999, Cape Town, South Africa.
I came in 2002 to the University of Louisville, Kentucky as a graduate student in the Computer Engineer and Computer Science Department CECS. I had a research assistantship under Dr. Antonio Badia, Director of its Database Lab.
I got my master's degree in summer 2003 (straight A's) and in summer 2004 I completed the coursework requirements towards the PhD.
List of some of the 3-credit courses taken:
- Evaluation of Computer Systems
- Design of Computer Algorithms
- Introduction to Databases
- Fundamentals of Computer Networks
- Design of Compilers
- Experimental Design
- Advanced Databases and Warehousing
- Advanced Software Engineering
- Independent Study: Cryptology Web Portal
- Artificial Intelligence
- Computer Graphics
- Computer Architecture
- Internet Applications Development
- Introduction to Cryptology
- Information Security
In 2004 I came back to the Washington DC area to work as a scientific analyst / programmer for a new network security company. I did research and development on automatic document classification.
In 2005 I came to Toronto as a Canadian Permanent Resident and in summer 2006 I moved to Waterloo, Ontario.