Network Engineering and Operations

Sara Alouf
Inria - Équipe-Projet NEO
2004 Route des Lucioles
B.P. 93
06902 Sophia Antipolis Cedex, France

Office: L115
Email: Sara (dot) Alouf (at) inria (dot) fr
Phone: +33 (0)4 9238 7199

Position Associate researcher
Organization Inria
Research center Sophia Antipolis Méditerranée
Theme Networks and Telecommunications
Project-Team NEO
Profiles ResearchGate, Google Scholar


I am an Associate Researcher at Inria and vice-head of the Network Engineering and Operations group. Prior to joining Inria in March 2004, I held a post-doctoral position at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, within the Optimization of Business Processes group. I received my Habilitation in 2017 from the Université Côte d'Azur, my Ph.D. and M.Sc. from the Université Nice Sophia Antipolis in 2002 and 1999, respectively. I hold an Electrical and Electronics Engineering Degree from the Lebanese University, obtained in 1998. While at Inria, I have been involved in the common labs between Inria and Alcatel-Lucent (now Nokia) and between Inria and Alstom Transport. I have co-authored three patents. I was in the board of directors of ACM Sigmetrics (July 2019 - June 2023) and serve/served in the technical program committees of ACM Sigmetrics and MobiHoc, Performance, IEEE Infocom and Globecom, ITC, Valuetools, and WIOPT. I was the general co-chair and treasurer of the ACM Sigmetrics/IFIP Performance 2016 conference. I am a member of the ACM and ACM Sigmetrics and serve as Area Editor for Elsevier Computer Communications. My research interests include stochastic modeling and performance evaluation of communication networks.


My main research interests are:

  • stochastic modeling;
  • renewable energy in networks and data centers;
  • performance evaluation in general.

Past research interests include:

  • networks of caches;
  • power saving in wireless networks;
  • evolving forwarding schemes in delay-tolerant networks;
  • peer-to-peer storage networks;
  • the medium access control in wireless networks.

PhD students:


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Book Chapters






Course Level University Language Year Responsabilities
Performance Evaluation of Networks Master University of Nice Sophia Antipolis English Winter 2022-2021, Fall 2019, 2017-2012 In charge, lectures + homeworks
Probabilities and Statistics Bac+3 University of Nice Sophia Antipolis French Spring 2017, 2015-2012 In charge, lectures + assignments (with Giovanni Neglia)
Spring 2010 and 2009 In charge, lectures + assignments (with Alberto Blanc and Giovanni Neglia)
Spring 2007 and 2006 assignments + homeworks (lectures by Pierre Bernhard)
Performance Analysis of Communications Networks Master Free University at Amsterdam English Fall 2004 lecturer (with Rob van der Mei and Thilo Kielmann) + homeworks
Optimization of Business Processes Master Free University at Amsterdam English Spring 2003 lecturer (with Ger Koole) + homeworks
Performance evaluation Bac+4 Institut Eurécom French Spring 2002, 2001 and 2000 assignments + lab work (lectures by Philippe Nain in 2002 and 2001, and by Jacques Labetoulle in 2000)

Public outreach

Giving interviews to journalists

  • Jérôme Colombain, the radio interview aired on France Info on 6 August 2017 (audio + abstract).
  • Elise Kuntzelmann, the article titled "Internet" has appeared in Savoirs Jeunes on 14 January 2013.
  • Delivering conferences

  • In high schools (six times between 2011 and 2016).
  • At the Albert Camus Public Library of Antibes on 20 May 2011.

  • Professional service

    • I was elected to the Board of Directors of ACM SIGMETRICS for the two-year term July 2019 - June 2021, extended for July 2021 - June 2023.
    • I was in the Conference Advisory Committee and the Equality and Diversity Committee of ACM SIGMETRICS in the period July 2019 - June 2023.

    Editorial committee member

    • Lead Guest Editor for Elsevier Performance Evaluation Special Issue on ITC 35, 2024.
    • Area editor for Elsevier Computer Communications, since May 2021.
    • Executive editor for Wiley Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies, July 2016 - August 2020.

    Technical program committee member

    Conference organization

    Community service (at Inria)