- IEEE Internet Award
Ramesh Govindan’s pioneering work on defining Internet topology, discovering how the many hosts, routers, and autonomous systems are connected, has been integral to the continued growth of the Internet. His Mercator mapping tool was one of the first network mappers and provided extensive views of the Internet’s backbone. He was among the first to study the Border Gateway Protocol, identifying oscillation issues affecting network stability. Govindan is also one of the founders of the sensornet movement, important to developing the Internet of Things in which everyday objects are imbedded with sensors that enable constant monitoring and interaction. Notable here is his work on directed diffusion and development of the Tenet program for wireless sensing, which set the direction for continued research.
An IEEE Fellow, Govindan is the Northrop Grumman Chair in Engineering and a professor at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA.