Biographical Sketch

John W. Byers is Professor of Computer Science and Founding Member of the Faculty of Computing and Data Sciences at Boston University. He currently serves as Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Mathematical and Computational Sciences Division of the College of Arts and Sciences at BU. He is also founding Chief Scientist and a member of the Board of Directors at Cogo Labs, a technology incubator based in Cambridge, MA, where he has held an executive role since 2005.

Professor Byers' academic research centers on data-analytic and algorithmic challenges in two disciplines: the empirical study of Internet platforms and the science of computer networking. His data-driven research on platforms includes studies of the reputational impacts of running a Groupon offer, the impact of Airbnb on the hotel industry, and the utility of rating and review sites such as Yelp and TripAdvisor. His research has seen wide media coverage, for example, in the New York Times, The Economist, in TIME magazine, on NPR, and on Bloomberg TV. His published articles have received over 13,000 citations, and his research been supported by over $5M in grants from federal agencies and industrial labs. His computer networking research has been awarded the ACM SIGCOMM Test of Time Award in 2009 for work on scalable loss-resilient multicast, the IEEE ICDE Best Paper Award in 2004 and the ICDE Influential Paper Award in 2014 for work on networked sensor databases, and he received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award. He served terms on the editorial board of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking and on the executive committee of ACM SIGCOMM. He was co-chair of the ACM SIGCOMM 2011 Technical Program Committee and was General co-chair and TPC co-chair for the ACM Internet Measurement Conference in 2012 and 2016, respectively.

At Cogo Labs, Professor Byers helps research and design the company's proprietary technology platform, consisting of methods for online advertising, algorithmic marketing, and data analytics that help power incubated portfolio companies from inception to profitability and beyond. To date, three Cogo portfolio companies have been acquired, and one, Everquote, is now a publicly traded unicorn, subsequent to its 2018 IPO [NASDAQ: EVER].

Dr. Byers received his B.A. in Computer Science, Economics, and Mathematics at Cornell University (1991), and his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of California at Berkeley (1997). He also served as Affiliated Scientist at Digital Fountain, Inc. (acquired by Qualcomm) and as an Educational Consultant to Hewlett-Packard.