Brad Karp

Brad Karp

Brad Karp is a Professor of Computer Systems and Networks and Head of the Systems and Networks Research Group in the Department of Computer Science at University College London (UCL). His research interests span computer system and network security (current work includes the COWL system for web browser and JavaScript security; past work includes the Wedge secure OS extensions and the Autograph and Polygraph worm signature generation systems), large-scale distributed systems (current work includes LDR, a traffic engineering system for ISPs that places traffic so as to minimize delay while avoiding congestion; past work includes the Open DHT shared public DHT service), and wireless networks (current work includes techniques for improving capacity at the MAC and PHY layers; past work includes the GPSR and CLDP scalable geographic routing protocols). Prior to taking up his post at UCL in late 2005, Karp held joint appointments at Intel Research and Carnegie Mellon, and as a researcher at ICSI at UC Berkeley. He served as program co-chair for ACM SIGCOMM 2015, ACM HotNets 2017, and currently serves on the steering committee for ACM SIGCOMM (term 2016-2018).

Work Experience

  • Professor of Computer Systems and Networks, Computer Science, UCL, 2014-present
  • Reader in Computer Systems and Networks (senior Associate Professor), Computer Science, UCL, 2007-2014
  • Senior Lecturer (junior Associate Professor), Computer Science, UCL, 2005-2007
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon, 2002-2005
  • Senior Staff Researcher, Intel Research Pittsburgh, 2002-2005
  • Staff Scientist, ICSI Center for Internet Research, ICSI, 2000-2002


  • Ph.D., Computer Science, Harvard University, 2000
  • M.S., Computer Science, Harvard University, 1995
  • B.S., Computer Science, Yale University, 1992

Awards, Honors, and Significant Achievements

  • Distinguished Reviewer Award, IEEE S&P ("Oakland"), 2017
  • Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award, 2005-2010
  • Best Paper Awards at USENIX ATC (1994 and 2014)