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.fr
Phone: +33 (0)4 9238 7199

Position Associate researcher
Organization Inria
Research unit Sophia Antipolis Méditerranée
Theme Networks and Telecommunications
Project-Team NEO


I received an M.Sc. in computer networking and distributed systems in 1999 and a Ph.D. in computer science in 2002, both from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis. During 2003-2004, I was a post-doctoral fellow at the Free University at Amsterdam, within the Optimization of Business Processes research group. Since March 2004, I have been with Inria working as a full time researcher, currently in the NEO project-team. I have been involved in the common labs between Inria and Alcatel-Lucent and between Inria and Alstom Transport. I have served in the technical program committees of ACM Sigmetrics and MobiHoc, IEEE Infocom and Globecom, Performance, ITC, Valuetools, and WIOPT. I was the general co-chair of the ACM Sigmetrics/IFIP Performance 2016 conference. My research interests include modeling and performance evaluation of communication networks.

Research activities

My main research interests are:

  • 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.

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Papers in Journals

Book Chapters

Papers in Proceedings of Refereed Conferences


  • A. Blanc, S. Alouf, K. Avrachenkov, G. Post, "Flow Aware Congestion Avoidance Method and System". Filed as European patent, publication number EP2413542, publication date 1 Feb 2012.
  • A. Blanc, S. Alouf, K. Avrachenkov, G. Post, "Binary Search Method And System For Congestion Avoidance". Filed as European patent, publication number EP2413543, publication date 1 Feb 2012.
  • D. Carra, K. Avrachenkov, S. Alouf, P. Nain, G. Post, "Method for Estimating a Round Trip Time of a Packet Flow". Filed as European patent, publication number WO/2010/100151, publication date 10 Sep 2010.



Teaching activities

Course Level University Language Year Responsabilities
Performance Evaluation of Networks Master University of Nice Sophia Antipolis English Fall 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

    Editorial committee member

  • Executive editor for Wiley Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies since July 2016.
  • Technical program committee member

    Conference organization

    Community service (at Inria)

    • Vice-head and technical manager of project-team Neo.
    • Training committee member (since Nov 2014).
    • Doctoral committee member (Feb 2006-Feb 2017).
    • Member of the scientific popularization and public outreach committee MASTIC (Nov 2011-Dec 2015).
    • Accounting for the monthly Project-Teams Committee meetings (Feb 2012-Jun 2014).