Laurent Vanbever

My research interests lie at the crossroads of theory and practice, with a focus on Software-Defined Networking and Internet routing. Overall, I aim at making networks both more performant and easier to manage.

I completed my PhD in computer science in October 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 Publications

Stroboscope: Declarative Traffic Mirroring 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: Interactive 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).


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

Network Monitoring and Attack Detection (M)

Nicolas Känzig

Supervisors: Roland Meier, Dr. Luca Gambazzi, Dr. Vincent Lenders, Prof. Laurent Vanbever

Data Plane Driven Network Convergence (M)

Fabian Schleiss

Supervisors: Thomas Holterbach, Edgar Costa Molero, Prof. Laurent Vanbever

Probabilistic Network Analysis and Synthesis (M)

Samuel Steffen

Supervisors: Dr. Petar Tsankov, Dr. Dana Drachsler Cohen, Timon Gehr, Prof. Martin Vechev, Prof. Laurent Vanbever

Data-driven classification and isolation of network devices (S)

Coralie Busse-Grawitz

Supervisors: Roland Meier, Prof. Laurent Vanbever

Passive Measurement of an Encrypted, Encapsulated Transport Protocol (M)

Piet De Vaere

Supervisors: Brian Trammell, Dr. Mirja Kühlewind, Prof. Laurent Vanbever