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Alan Kaplan

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Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, 1996
ak18  (@cs.princeton.edu) (609) 258-1745 105 221 Nassau Street


Interests: Mobile software, middleware and protocols; communication and networking for consumer applications and services, software engineering.

Short Bio

Alan Kaplan joined the Department of Computer Science as a Lecturer in September 2014.   His career spans academic research to industrial R&D to technology startup/entrepreneurship and he has over twenty years experience leading research and product development involving mobile software.

Prior to joining Princeton, Dr. Kaplan was the Chief Technology Officer for Drakontas, a software company that develops a mobile command, control and collaboration platform, called DragonForce, for law enforcement, public safety and first responder agencies.  

Dr. Kaplan was formerly Department Head of Middleware and Software Technologies at the Panasonic Princeton Research Laboratory. Prior to Panasonic, he held faculty positions in computer science departments at Clemson University and Flinders University of South Australia. Dr. Kaplan holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a B.S. in Computer Science from Duke University.  

He has significant experience in international standards development organizations, such as Open Mobile Alliance, Java Community Process and IEEE. In addition, he is an active volunteer in the IEEE Communications Society, serving on the Steering Committee for the Consumer Communications and Network Conference (IEEE CCNC).  He  recently (2016-2017) served as Chair of the IEEE Communications Society GIMS (Globecom & ICC Management and Strategy) Committee.

Selected Publications

D. Braun, J.F. Buford, R.S. Fish, A.D. Gelman, A. Kaplan, R. Khandelwal, S.R. Narayanan, E. Shim, H. Yu. A Peer-to-Peer, Overlay Architecture for Ubiquitous Communications and Networking. IEEE Communications Magazine, December, 2008.

S. Narayanan, D. Braun, J. Buford, R. Fish, A. Gelman, A. Kaplan, R. Khandelwal, E. Shim, H. Yu. Peer-to-Peer Streaming for Networked Consumer Electronics. IEEE Communications Magazine, June 2007.

J. Buford, A. Kaplan, and V. Bhasin. Transparent roaming between instant messaging and presence service providers in wireless networks. In IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking Conference (CCNC), Las Vegas, NV, January 2006.

M. Ma, D. Wilkes-Gibbs, and A. Kaplan. IDTV broadcast applications for a handheld device. In IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), Paris, France, June 2004.

D. Bushmitch, W. Lin, A. Bieszczad, A. Kaplan, V. Papageorgiou, A. Pakstas. SIP-based device communication service for OSGi framework. In IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking Conference (CCNC), Las Vegas, NV, January 2004.

J. Bubba, A. Kaplan and J. Wileden. The Exu approach to safe, transparent and lightweight interoperability. In International Computer Software and Applications Conference, Chicago, IL, October 2001.

D. Barrett, A. Kaplan, and J. Wileden. Automated support for seamless interoperability in polylingual software systems. In The Fourth Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering, San Francisco, CA, October 1996.

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