Catherine Rosenberg

Canada Research Chair in the Future Internet

Tier 1 - 2017-11-01
Renewed: 2017-06-01
University of Waterloo
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council


Research involves

Contributing to the design of the future Internet by addressing wireless networks, user incentives and social networks.

Research relevance

This research will contribute to maintaining Canada’s leadership in the development of the future Internet, a field in which leadership is critical to the long-term viability of the Canadian economy.

Rethinking the Internet

The Internet, in spite of its outstanding success and importance to the global economy, has many flaws that limit its quality, security, growth and adaptability. Research is already underway around the world to develop the future Internet.

Catherine Rosenberg, Canada Research Chair in the Future Internet, is contributing to this worldwide effort and helping Canada maintain a leading role in this area. Her research team will investigate several new directions for the future of the Internet, particularly related to wireless networks, quality of service, social networks and user incentives.

Rosenberg’s goal is to help answer some of the questions at the frontier of technology, economy, and policy. Her work, for example, deals with the idea of network neutrality—the absence of restrictions by Internet service providers and governments on the content of the websites that can be visited.

Rosenberg will provide key insights and develop guidelines for the design and deployment of a new generation of systems and services. In addition to producing cutting-edge scientific results, her research will also generate outcomes that have high commercial value—such as patents on new techniques or protocols (e.g., new ways for a mobile device to select a wireless network).

The results of Rosenberg’s research could have an enormous impact on the Canadian economy by creating breakthrough knowledge in the design and practical implementation of the future Internet. It will also lead to highly efficient protocols and techniques to improve the Internet user’s experience.