Roland Acra: 2017 Designing Self-driving Networks Workshop


Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Location: McCaw Hall, Arrillaga Alumni Center

"The Network as Learner and Enforcer - use Cases, Wishes, and Prospects"



The talk will discuss common use cases where inference or learning methods can be built off network and endpoint data, as well as those where the network can play enforcement roles. The use cases will range from existing scenarii with empirical success to musings and wishes around what one can hope to see next.


Roland joined Cisco in November 2016 and leads the product teams focused on data center switching, unified computing, application modeling, and data-driven analytics for network automation and policy.

From 2013 - 2016, Roland consulted on predictive analytics and statistical inference models for IoT and smart grid applications. He was previously CEO of Arch Rock, a sensor networking startup. Prior to Arch Rock, he was CEO of Procket Networks. From 1991 - 2003, Roland held several general management and executive leadership positions at Cisco US and EMEA.

Roland's expertise is in Internet routing, distributed systems, sensor networks, and statistical learning algorithms. He is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and Télécom ParisTech (France), and holds an M.Sc. in Statistics from Texas A&M, where he presently advises on the Masters in Analytics program.