Vatche Ishakian, PhD
Assistant Professor
Computer Information Systems
Bentley University, Waltham, MA

Contact Info: 
Email: vishakian at Bentley dot edu
Office: Smith Technology Center, 407
Phone: 781._891._2974

Vatche Ishakian is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Information System Department at Bentley University, which he joined in 2017. He earned his PhD in Computer Science from Boston University under the supervision of Professor Azer Bestavros. Before joining Bentley, he worked as a research scientists in the Distributed Systems Group at BBN Technologies and a Research Staff Member at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center.

Vatche’s research encompasses a large number of collaborators and spans a broad set of disciplines across networking, analytics, and distributed systems. While at IBM Research, Vatche worked on several projects including business process analytics and service composition, OpenWhisk large scale Serverless Computing framework, and Machine learning in the cloudHis work at BBN technologies revolved around developing technologies that mitigate resource, quality of service, and security differences between enterprise environments (i.e., those with server-grade computers and high-capacity physical networks) and tactical environments (i.e., those with mobile and embedded devices and wireless radio communications).  His dissertation research, funded by the National Science foundation (NSF) focused on improving performance of the cloud, as perceived by networked applications. One aspect of his thesis work, received the best paper award at the ACM/IFIP/USENIX Middleware conference in 2012, demonstrated new methods for workload placement in the cloud using pricing mechanisms based on the Shapley value to map flexible workloads onto the more resource-elastic regions of the cloud. In 2013, Vatche received the Research Excellence Award of the Boston University Computer Science Department.

Honors and Awards

  • 2015 IBM Manager's Choice Award 

  • 2015 IBM First Patent Application Award

  • 2012/13 Computer Science Department Research Excellence

  • 2012 ACM/IFIP/USENIX Middleware conference best paper award

  • 2010/11 Computer Science Department Teaching Fellow Excellence