Leon-Garcia, Alberto




Contact Information
E-Mail: alberto.leongarcia@utoronto.ca
Phone: (416) 978-4764
Office: BA 4120
Website: https://www.nal.utoronto.ca/


Alberto Leon-Garcia is Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. Professor Leon-Garcia is recognized as an innovator in networking research and education. From 1999 to 2002, Prof. Leon-Garcia was founder and CTO of AcceLight Networks where he led the development an all-optical fabric multi-terabit, multiservice core switch. He holds several patents and has published research extensively in the areas of switch architecture and traffic management. His current research is focused on application platforms, software-defined infrastructure, extended cloud computing and smart infrastructure. He is currently Scientific Director of the NSERC Strategic Network for Smart Applications on Virtual Infrastructures (SAVI) which involves nine Canadian universities. He is author of the leading textbook Probability and Random Processes for Electrical Engineering, and co-author of the textbook Communication Networks: Fundamental Concepts and Key Architecture.


  • University of Toronto Distinguished Professor in Application Platforms and Smart Infrastructure (2012-17)
  • IEEE Canada A.G.L. McNaughton Gold Medal 2010 for contributions to the engineering profession in Canada
  • Fellow of Engineering Institute of Canada, 2008
  • Thomas W. Eadie Medal from the Royal Society of Canada in recognition of major contributions to Engineering, with impact on communications and development of the Internet,  2006
  • Canada Research Chair on Autonomic Service Architecture (Tier 1), 2005-2012
  • Jeffrey Skoll Chair in Computer Networks and Innovation, Endowed Chair 2003-2007
  • Fellow of the IEEE, “For contributions to multiplexing and switching of integrated services traffic,” 1999
  • IEEE Millenium Medal, 2000
  • Nortel Institute Chair in Network Architecture and Services, Endowed Chair, 1997-2000.