Sr. Director of Research

Palo Alto, CA, US
Sujata is a Sr. Director of Research at VMware. Her expertise is in topics related to software defined networking and network functions virtualization, and she is broadly interested in network automation and performance. Prior to joining VMware in January 2017 as a Sr. Staff Researcher, she was a distinguished technologist and research director at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Labs, leading a network systems research group which conducted research on enterprise, service provider and datacenter networks. Prior to her industrial research career, she also held a tenured Associate Professor position at the University of Pittsburgh. She served as the technical co-chair of the 2018 USENIX NSDI and the 2017 ACM Symposium on SDN Research (SOSR) conferences and the general chair of ACM HotNets 2017. She has been on the technical program committees of several conferences such as ACM SIGCOMM, ACM CoNEXT, ACM HotNets, USENIX NSDI, IEEE ICNP and IEEE Infocom. . She received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Southern California (USC) and the B.Tech. and M.Tech. degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay in Electrical Engineering. She holds 34 US patents and is a recipient of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award in networking research and two best paper awards. She also serves on the Corporate Advisory Board of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Starting July 2019, she is a member of the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council of the Computing Research Association (CRA). She was honored to be named in the list of 2018 N2Women: Stars in Computer Networking and Communications.

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Selected Recent Activities

  • Technical Program co-chair: ACM SIGCOMM 2020, USENIX NSDI 2018, ACM SOSR 2017
  • Technical Program Committee: USENIX NSDI 2019-2020, ACM SOSP 2019, NetAI 2019, ACM SIGCOMM 2018, IEEE ICNP 2018, P4 Workshop 2018
  • Vice-chair, ACM SIGCOMM (July 2019-)
  • Steering Committee: USENIX NSDI (2018-), ACM HotNets (2018-)
  • NSF/VMware Partnership on Edge Computing Data Infrastructure (ECDI)
  • Keynote Talk, Smart Programmable Networks, ACM SOSR 2018
  • Speaker at CRA-Women Grad Cohort, April 2018, April 2019 and CRA-Women Early and Mid Career Mentoring Workshop, November 2018