Out of 1575 papers submitted to the 2010 IEEE Conference on Computer Communications, or INFOCOM, two papers co-authored by faculty and graduate students from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (ECE) were chosen for the Best Paper Award and one of the two runner-ups. The Best Paper Award winner was entitled, “On the Feasibility and Efficacy of Protection Routing in IP Networks,” co-authored by ECE Professor Lixin Gao, along with first-author Eric Kwong, Roch Guerin, and Zhi-Li Zhang.

The runner-up paper, “Secure Wireless Communication with Dynamic Secrets,” was first-authored by ECE doctoral student Sheng Xiao, and co-authored by Professor Weibo Gong and adjunct faculty member Don Towsley of the ECE department.

“Great job!” said Dean Theodore Djaferis in a message to the researchers. “It is wonderful to see UMass Amherst researchers like you and your students being finalists and winning Best Paper Awards. You have built excellent research teams that make all of us proud!”

Professor Gong also pointed out that Yong Liu, who earned a Ph.D. from the ECE Department and is now an assistant professor at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, was on the team that won the Best Paper Award at INFOCOM last year.

INFOCOM was held from March 15 to 19 in San Diego. The 28-year-old conference addresses key topics and issues related to computer communications, with emphasis on traffic management and protocols for both wired and wireless networks. Material is presented during a program of technical sessions, tutorials, panel discussions, and workshops. (March 2010)