CIS Student Receives UO Doctoral Research Fellowship

Matthew (Matt) Nance-Hall, a Ph.D. student in the CIS department, won the prestigious UO Doctoral Research Fellowship. This fellowship is awarded to the two most outstanding doctoral students of any UO PhD program as determined by a faculty selection committee.


Matt is advised by Prof. Ram Durairajan. Matt’s research interests lie in networking at the intersection of network programmability and optical networks. His core research aims to improve traffic delivery, resilience to network attacks, and community disaster resilience through the development of new paradigms for topology programming. At its core, topology programming changes the physical connectivity of a network’s links in light of traffic demand. Matt has led several exciting projects concerning applications of his research for improving general network performance and defending against network security threats such as distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. He is now exploring applications of his research for network resilience during natural disasters that cause fiber cuts.


During his Ph.D., Matt has published 5 conference and journal papers and 3 extended abstracts and posters at various prominent networking and optics venues. His work has been recognized with three awards including the Bell Labs Summer Research Award for Distinguished Innovation, a Ripple Cyber-Security Fellowship, and the Erwin & Gertrude Juilfs Scholarship in UO CIS. In 2020, Matt completed an internship with Nokia Bell Labs where he worked on stream processing for optical network layer telemetry data and video analytics. Before joining UO, Matt graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from Cal Poly Humboldt (formerly Humboldt State University) in California.