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May 2-4, 2018 - Copenhagen, Denmark
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Mark Townsley

Cisco
Fellow
Paris
Mark Townsley is a Cisco Fellow, Ecole Polytechnique Professor, and co-Founder of the Paris Innovation and Research Laboratory (PIRL). Before Joining Cisco in 1997, he held positions at IBM, the Institute for Systems Research (ISR) and the Center for Satellite and Hybrid Communications Networks (CSHCN) at the University of Maryland. Mark served as IETF Internet Area Director from 2005-2009, IETF L2TP Working Group Chair from 1999-2005, IESG Liaison to the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), and IETF Pseudowire WG Technical Advisor. Mark was the lead developer of the original implementation of L2TP in Cisco IOS as well as lead author of IETF L2TP protocol specification (RFC 2661). One of the original architects of the World IPv6 Day and Launch, Mark contributed significantly to the deployment of IPv6 on the internet, including lead author of RFC 5969, IPv6 Rapid Deployment (6RD). In 2011, Mark co-founded the IETF Homenet Working Group, and served as chair until 2017. In addition to his Faculty appointment at Ecole Polytechnique, Mark lectures on Future Internet Architectures at Telecom Paris Tech (TPT), and serves on the steering committee for the joint TPT-Polytechinque Advanced Computer Networking master’s degree. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science (summa cum laude) degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University and a Master’s degree in Computer Science (magna cum laude) from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. When not traveling, he lives with his family in Paris, France.