Academic: As Professor of Computer Science at BU, my academic
research centers on data-analytic and algorithmic challenges in two disciplines:
the science of computer networking (e.g., transport protocols, network architecture)
and the empirical study of Internet platforms (such as Airbnb, Groupon, and Yelp).
Entrepreneurial: As founding Chief Scientist at the
Cogo Labs technology incubator (founded in 2005),
I help research and design our own technology platform: we provide proprietary
methods for online advertising,
algorithmic marketing, and data analytics that help power our incubated portfolio companies
from inception to profitability and beyond.
- 7/29/15: I was interviewed in
this Marketplace piece on NPR about Yelp's Q2 earnings report and
headwinds the company is currently facing.
- 6/19/15: We had a fun celebration of the 10th anniversary of Cogo Labs!
- 6/17/15: Davide presented our study on
Airbnb's impact on the hotel
at the 16th ACM Conference on Economics and Computation (EC '15)
(we elected abstract-only publication).
First issued on SSRN and as a BU School of Management Research Paper, Dec. 2013.
[Bloomberg Television, aired 6/18/15],
[NY Times, 5/12/15],
[The Economist, 4/24/14],
Bits Blog, 2/5/14],
[Boston Globe Ideas blog (1/13/14)],
[The Atlantic, CityLab, 2/10/14].
- 5/8/15: Michel presented our Linux XIA paper at ANCS '15:
Linux XIA: An Interoperable Meta Network
Architecture to Crowdsource the Future Internet,
Michel Machado, Cody Doucette and John W. Byers.
ACM/IEEE Symposium on Architectures for Networking and Communications Systems (ANCS) '15, San Jose, CA.
4/28/15: Our Linux XIA open source project @ BU welcomes our
new interns from Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2015:
Andre Eleuterio, Pranav Goswami, Aryaman Gupta, and Garnaik Sumeet.
We are also
recruiting BU students to conduct research on core XIA technology, applications and deployments of XIA, and to
the XIA implementation for Linux.
2/4/15: Entertaining quote in this WSJ article: "Should Harvard Business School Hit Refresh?":
"... current students and recent graduates say HBS should fold more technological awareness into its core curriculum, addressing, for example, data analytics in marketing or the impact of Airbnb Inc.’s growth on major hotel chains." (emphasis added).
- 1/30/15: We released a new working paper on SSRN,
A First Look at
Online Reputation on Airbnb, Where Every Stay is Above Average,
Georgios Zervas, Davide Proserpio and John W. Byers.
["Ratings Now Cut Both Ways, So Don’t Sass Your Uber Driver,"
front page of the NY Times, Saturday, 1/31/15].
My academic research is currently supported in part by grants from
the National Science Foundation, the Hariri Institute at Boston University,
and by a Google Faculty Research Award.
At Cogo Labs, I've been working on a
fascinating problem domain since the company's founding: the
algorithmic, data management, and systems-building challenges that arise on the buy
side of pay-per-click advertising, a canonical Big Data optimization problem.