Professor Dave Bakken’s Personal Web Page
Welcome to my personal web page! I am an Associate Professor of computer science in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, USA.
New flash: my research is now involved with “Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Electric Power Grid”, a $7.5M center-scale project from the National Science Foundation which started in August, 2005. The press release from my college can be found here, and the project’s web site is here. Drs. Hauser and Bose are also co-PIs on this, and GridStat is a foundational technology for this center.
I am involved with a number of research projects. Most of them involve improving the state of the art in what I call infrastructure software, software that others build large distributed software systems on top of. In particular, most of my work directly involves devising new kinds of middleware. Many of them involve fault tolerance, because that is my core expertise. All involve pragmatic research in systems software that involves significant prototyping activities; I have neither patience nor time for ivory tower research that has no practical application, i.e. it is strictly “academic” in the full sense of the word.
My major research projects include:
I teach applied courses in distributed systems, networking, and fault tolerance, at the senior and graduate level. Classes I teach include:
My current, former, and potential future students how have their own web page.
I am a hands-on middleware builder for wide-area distributed systems; more detailed information about my background and the impact of my applied research can be found here. My applied background also includes consulting, and my consulting web page has deeply-technical letters of reference documenting this.
Like a number of applied experimental “systems software” researchers, I like to skirt the line between the academia and industry, because neither is perfectly satisfying. In the academe, prototypes lead to papers but are rarely fully shaken down, released, used by others, etc. But in industry you rarely get to look at the fundamental issues of a problem in depth. So this skirting the line I my way to try to have it both ways! It never quite works out perfectly that way, but it seems much like being stuck completely on one side or the other of the industry-academia chasm.
David E. Bakken
School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
PO Box 642752 (for postal mail); or 102 EME Building, Spokane Street (for Fedex)
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-2752.
Phone: +1 509 335 2399 Fax: +1 509 335 3818
Here are a few pictures of me, if you insist on viewing my ugly mug shot (caveat emptor):