Senior Research Scientist, Intel Research Laboratory
Nina Taft is currently a senior research scientist at Intel Research Berkeley. Over the years, her research has focused on the application of mathematical techniques (such as optimization, data mining, etc) to networking problems (such as ISP traffic engineering and Internet security). At Intel she leads research projects focused on anomaly detection for intrusion detection systems, enterprise network traffic characterization, and approximation techniques for data mining algorithms. Prior to joining Intel, Nina worked at Sprint for 5 years where she focused on measuring and analysing Internet backbone traffic. Her research applied the traffic analysis to ISP network design problems, such as traffic matrix estimation, traffic forecasting, routing under failures, and capacity planning. Nina is considered one of the pioneers of the field of Internet traffic matrix estimation.
Prior to Sprint, Nina worked at SRI International for four years. There her work focused on congestion control and QoS routing in ATM networks. She received her PhD degree from the University of Berkeley in 1994. Nina has been heavily involved in professional community activities for many years. She was the PC co-chair for SIGCOMM 2007, served as an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Networking (ToN) journal for 4 years, and is a member of the ACM Internet Measurement Conference steering committee. She has published over 50 technical papers, served on over 20 program and executive conference committees, and holds 5 patents.