Seraphin B. Calo received the M.S., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey. He has worked, published, and managed research projects in a number of technical areas, including: queueing theory, data communications networks, multi-access protocols, expert systems, complex systems management, and policy-based computing.
Dr. Calo is a Principal Research Staff Member at IBM Research and currently manages the Network Science group within that organization. This research group is involved in studies of architectural issues in the design of complex software systems, and the application of advanced technologies to systems management problems. He was instrumental in establishing the importance of this research area, and was a key contributor to the IBM Research Division strategy for systems software. Based on seminal work on the automation of the management of complex computing systems, he helped formulate the use of policies as a mechanism to adapt the behavior of management software.
He has been very active in international conferences, particularly in the systems management and policy areas. His recent involvements include serving on the Organizing Committee of Policy 2004 (IEEE 5th International Workshop on Policies for Distributed Systems and Networks) and serving as the General Chair of IM 2005 (The Ninth IFIP/IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Network Management). He is the only person to have been General Chair of four separate IM symposia (1997, 1999, 2005, and 2009), and is currently a member of the Steering Committee for IM and NOMS (10th IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium).
Dr. Calo has authored more than sixty technical papers and has several United States patents (four issued and four pending). He has received four IBM Research Division awards, and five IBM Invention Achievement awards. His current research interests include: distributed applications, services management, and policy based computing.
In a research career that has spanned more than twenty five years, Dr. Calo has been involved in the transition of research technologies to the IBM product divisions on numerous occasions. He was the key research staff member responsible for the design work that led to the development of the Resource Object Data Manager (RODM), an in-memory, information manager incorporating object oriented technology for real time management of large systems, and a component of the IBM Z-series Sysplex. He worked with the IBM systems management group on the SystemView specifications, and subsequently helped form a joint program that was aimed at Division sponsored work in Research. He currently manages a group that has been very successful at getting policy-based technologies incorporated into IBM products.