Paul Francis

Max Planck Institute

Paul Francis is a Director at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems in Germany. Paul has held research positions at Cornell University, ACIRI, NTT Software Labs, Bellcore,and MITRE, and was Chief Scientist at two Silicon Valley startups. In the past, Paul’s research centered around routing and addressing problems in the Internet and P2P networks. Paul’s innovations include NAT, shared-tree multicast, the first P2P multicast system, the first DHT (as part of landmark routing), and Virtual Aggregation. In recent years, Paul’s research has focused on data anonymization. Paul is a key contributor to the anonymization technology Diffix, and is cofounder of the startup Aircloak.