John Byers is Professor of Computer Science at Boston University, which he joined in 1999. 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 recent research on platforms studies the effectiveness of emerging e-commerce platforms such as Groupon, the utility of rating and review sites such as Yelp and TripAdvisor, and the broader impact of sharing economy firms such as Airbnb. His research has been influential and has seen wide media coverage, for example, in the New York Times, The Economist, in TIME magazine, on NPR, and on Bloomberg TV. His work in computer networking has been published in over 50 peer-reviewed papers, has received over 10,000 citations, and has been supported by over $5M in grants from government agencies and industrial labs.
His honors include
the ACM SIGCOMM Test
of Time Award in 2009 for his work on scalable loss-resilient multicast, the IEEE
ICDE Best Paper Award in 2004 and the ICDE Influential Paper Award in 2014 for his
work on networked sensor databases, and 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 '11 Technical Program Committee and was TPC and General Co-Chair for the ACM Internet Measurement Conference
in 2016 and 2012, 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.
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). Prior to his appointment at BU, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley. He also served for many years as Affiliated Scientist at Digital Fountain, Inc. (acquired by Qualcomm) and as an Educational Consultant to Hewlett-Packard.