• Spain-2015

    For contributions to content distribution architectures in peer-to-peer networks. Press Release

Pablo Rodriguez is the CEO of Telefonica Innovation Alpha, the Labs chartered with future disruptive technology and long term research and innovation (Moonshots). With over 15 years of experience, Pablo has worked in several Silicon Valley startups (Inktomi, the world´s largest search engine before Google; and Tahoe Networks, a startup building the first routers for mobile networks). He joined Microsoft Research in 2012, where he worked on the Microsoft’s Windows Update to deliver security patches using peer-to-peer to more than 300 million computers (released as part of Windows 10). Prior, he worked at Bell-Labs in New Jersey where he developed products to accelerate Web performance over cellular networks which have been adopted world wide. At Telefonica he established its Research organization in 2006 and lead its Product Innovation unit, driving ideas to early stage commercialization with lean intra-preneurial innovation and quick prototyping. He launched Telefonica's Video Content Delivery Network, used to stream events such as the Olympics or Champions League. Before his tenure as a business executive, Pablo received his PhD in Computer Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL). He has also been an adjunct Professor at Columbia University, NYC. He has more than 150 publications and 30 patent inventions. He received numerous awards, the Telefonica Bravo award for best innovation practices, and the “Prix de la Recherche” for innovation excellence. He has been a speaker at WIRED and TEDx. He co-founded the Data Transparency Lab and sits on the advisory board of Akamai, EPFL, the Catalan Foundation for Research, LaBoral Art Center, and IMDEA Networks. He is also an angel investor in tech startups. Currently he works on privacy and future networks. He also helps chef Ferran Adria (El Bulli) applying machine learning to gastronomy and F.C. Barcelona using big data to find new soccer strategies. He is an ACM Fellow and IEEE Fellow.