Paul Laskowski
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Paul L. Laskowski

University of California at Berkeley
School of Information
102 South Hall, Berkeley CA 94720-4600


  UC Berkeley, Information Management and Systems, Ph.D. 2009
     Dissertation title: Designing Networks for Innovation
     Committee: John Chuang (chair), Hal Varian, Scott Shenker
  Harvard University, Applied Mathematics, A.B. 2002

Publications and Presentations

P. Laskowski, P. Ferreira. Analyzing the Graph Structure of Supply Chains. 2011 working paper.

P. Laskowski, J. Chuang. The Economics of Virtualized Networks. 2011 working paper.

P. Laskowski, P. Ferreira. A General Supply Chain Framework with Application to the Network Neutrality Debate. Industry Studies Association Conference, May 2013. (Abstract reviewed)

P. Laskowski, J. Chuang. Innovations and Upgrades in Virtualized Network Architectures. In Proceedings of NetEcon, October 2010. [pdf]

P. Laskowski, J. Chuang. A Leap of Faith? From Large-Scale Testbed to the Global Internet. 37th Telecommunications Policy Research Conference, September 2009. (Abstract reviewed) [pdf]

P. Laskowski, J. Ubois, D. Marvit, J. Chuang. Discovering Digital Content in the Age of Peer-to-Peer. In Proceedings of NetEcon, July 2009. [pdf]

P. Laskowski, J. Chuang. Empowering Users to Break the Internet Impasse. Workshop on the Economics of Securing the Information Infrastructure, 2009. (By invitation)

P. Laskowski, B. Johnson, J. Chuang.  User-Directed Routing: From Theory, Towards Practice.  In Proceedings of NetEcon, August 2008. [pdf]

P. Laskowski, J. Chuang.  Network Monitors and Contracting Systems: Competition and Innovation.  In Proceedings of ACM SIGCOMM, September 2006. [pdf]

P. Laskowski, J. Chuang.  Antitrust Scrutiny of Price-Fixing Clauses in Patent Licenses.  2005 working paper. [pdf]

P. Dollar, P. Laskowski, and M. Van Alstyne.  Simulating Information Growth and Diffusion in Agent Societies.   In Proceedings of the Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems Conference, 2002, Carnegie Mellon University, Day 2, pp. 97-103.


DATASCI W203: Exploring and Analyzing Data, UC Berkeley online course, Spring 2014

INFO 271B: Quantitative Research Methods, UC Berkeley, Fall 2013

INFO 155: Introduction to High-Level Programming, UC Berkeley, Summer 2013

INFO 231: Economics of Information, UC Berkeley, Spring 2013

INFO 90: Programming for Computing Applications, UC Berkeley, Fall 2012

Academic and Professional Experience

UC Berkeley - Visiting Assistant Professor
First as a lecturer (2012-2013), and now as a visiting assistant professor at the School of Information, I work at the intersection of economics and network architecture. I teach courses in programming, information economics, and data analysis. I am also part of a team that is designing the school's online Master in Information and Data Science program.

Carnegie Mellon - Portugal Program - Postdoctoral Research Fellow


As part of the Information and Communication Technologies Institute, I developed game-theoretic frameworks for understanding network industries, with a focus on network neutrality policies.

UC Berkeley - Graduate Researcher


My dissertation research at the School of Information explored factors that influence the adoption of new network architectures by Internet service providers. This field is interdisciplinary, involving tools from computer science, networking, and innovation.

Exploring Peer-to-Peer Content - Participant


With collaborators from Fujitsu Labs of America, I constructed economic models to describe how consumers discover and learn about content in a peer-to-peer environment, and how this may impact next-generation business models.

100x100 Clean-Slate Design Project - Participant


This multi-university NSF initiative ( investigates what the Internet could look like if we built it from scratch, applying all the knowledge we have today. As one of few participants with an economics background, I work to find design principles based on economic theory.

I3P Workshop - Session Organizer


I was invited by Deirdre Mulligan to participate in the 2009 Workshop on the Economics of Securing the Information Infrastructure (WESII 2009). I presented a working paper, and helped to organize a session on user-defined routing.

University of Michigan - Consultant


Lead developer for Project INDIGO ( INDIGO is both an agent-based simulation tool, and a teaching and communications medium, allowing the creation of tutorials to facilitate explanation of information models. I implemented seminal models in information theory, innovation economics, social networks, and other areas.

National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs - Board Member


This organization comprises nearly fifty gymnastics clubs across the nation. As a member of its founding board of directors, I was active in drafting articles of incorporation and corporate bylaws, and debating policies including membership, accountability, and election procedures.

MIT Research Science Institute - Participant


As an intern at a genetics laboratory, I was responsible for a project to identify gene homologues in related bacteria species.


Pamela Samuelson Fellowship, 2003-2005
Harvard College Scholarship, 1999-2002
Member of U.S. Physics Olympiad Team, 1997
U.S. Math Olympiad Summer Camp (one of 30 students to qualify), 1996
Two black belts in martial arts

Other Endeavors

California Gymnastics Club - Member and officer, 2003-2013. - a web journal presenting informal commentary on network research, economics, and policy