Rafael P. Laufer Ms 08

Laufer.jpgUCLA Computer Science PhD student Rafael P. Laufer was one of four students nationwide to be selected for the Marconi Society’s Young Scholar Awards.

This is the first year the Young Scholars Awards have been granted by the organization, which is best known for its annual $100,000 Marconi Award and Fellowship given to living scientists whose scope of work and influence emulate the principle of “creativity in service to humanity.”

The Marconi Society’s Young Scholar Award is given in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and intellectual promise in the field of communications science. The awards were announced in September 2008.

“It is a great honor to receive this award from such distinguished and respected scientists,” Laufer said. “Their work has truly revolutionized the way we communicate and access information.”

The society’s Young Scholars program was launched with a donation from 2007 Marconi Fellow Ronald L. Rivest, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who was a co-founder of RSA encryption, the major encryption system used throughout the world for secure transactions on the Internet.

Laufer graduated with high honors from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) with a BS and a MS in Electrical Engineering in 2003 and 2005, respectively. He developed a new IP traceback system against anonymous denial-of-service (DoS) attacks on the Internet. The research led to a generalization of the Bloom filter theory, which was used for a more secure and efficient network path coding in forwarded packets.

“It is a great honor to receive this award from such distinguished and respected scientists.”

At UCLA, Laufer has been working on a novel routing paradigm for wireless mesh networks. The key idea is to take advantage of the broadcast nature of the wireless medium to improve the overall throughput of the network. He is also working on techniques for differentiating application traffic on the Internet. His graduate advisor is Internet pioneer Leonard Kleinrock, UCLA distinguished professor of computer science and the 1986 Marconi Fellow.