Laurent Vanbever

My research interests lie at the crossroads of theory and practice, with a focus on network programmability. Overall, I aim at making networks both more performant and easier to manage.

I completed my PhD in computer science in 2012 at the University of Louvain under the guidance of Olivier Bonaventure. My thesis is entitled "Methods and Techniques for Disruption-Free Network Reconfiguration". After my PhD, I spent two years at Princeton University working with Jennifer Rexford as a postdoctoral researcher.

Prior to my PhD, I earned my master degree in computer science from the University of Louvain in 2008. I also earned a master degree in management from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management in 2010.

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Recent Selected Publications

Blink: Fast Connectivity Recovery Entirely in the Data Plane

Thomas Holterbach, Edgar Costa Molero, Maria Apostolaki, Alberto Dainotti, Stefano Vissicchio, Laurent Vanbever

USENIX NSDI 2019. Boston, Massachusetts, USA (February 2019).

SABRE: Protecting Bitcoin against Routing Attacks

Maria Apostolaki, Gian Marti, Jan Müller, Laurent Vanbever

NDSS Symposium 2019. San Diego, CA, USA (February 2019).

Hardware-Accelerated Network Control Planes

Edgar Costa Molero, Stefano Vissicchio, Laurent Vanbever

ACM HotNets 2018. Redmond, WA, USA (November 2018).

NetHide: Secure and Practical Network Topology Obfuscation

Roland Meier, Petar Tsankov, Vincent Lenders, Laurent Vanbever, Martin Vechev

USENIX Security 2018. Baltimore, MD, USA (August 2018).

Bayonet: Probabilistic Inference for Networks

Timon Gehr, Sasa Misailovic, Petar Tsankov, Laurent Vanbever, Pascal Wiesman, Martin Vechev

PLDI 2018. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (June 2018).

Stroboscope: Declarative Network Monitoring on a Budget

Olivier Tilmans, Tobias Bühler, Ingmar Poese, Stefano Vissicchio, Laurent Vanbever

USENIX NSDI 2018. Renton, Washington, USA (April 2018).

NetComplete: Practical Network-Wide Configuration Synthesis with Autocompletion

Ahmed El-Hassany, Petar Tsankov, Laurent Vanbever, Martin Vechev

USENIX NSDI 2018. Renton, Washington, USA (April 2018).

Net2Text: Query-Guided Summarization of Network Forwarding Behaviors

Rüdiger Birkner, Dana Drachsler Cohen, Laurent Vanbever, Martin Vechev

USENIX NSDI 2018. Renton, Washington, USA (April 2018).

Integrating Verification and Repair into the Control Plane

Aaron Gember-Jacobson, Costin Raiciu, Laurent Vanbever

ACM HotNets 2017. Palo Alto, California, USA (November 2017).

SWIFT: Predictive Fast Reroute.

Thomas Holterbach, Stefano Vissicchio, Alberto Dainotti, Laurent Vanbever

ACM SIGCOMM 2017. Los Angeles, California, USA (August 2017).


Communication Networks


Spring 2019

Discrete Event Systems


Autumn 2018

Communication Networks


Spring 2018

Discrete Event Systems


Autumn 2017

Communication Networks


Spring 2017

Discrete Event Systems


Autumn 2016

Communication Networks


Spring 2016

Discrete Event Systems


Autumn 2015

Supervised Theses

Monitoring and Controlling Network Reconnaissance using Programmable Networks (S)

Tomer Gidron

Supervisors: Roland Meier, Prof. Laurent Vanbever

Leveraging Network Programmability for Machine Learning in the Data Plane (M)

Coralie Busse-Grawitz

Supervisors: Roland Meier, Tobias Bühler, Alexander Dietmüller, Prof. Laurent Vanbever