Pasquale, Joseph

Professor, Computer Science and Engineering
Division: UCSD
Phone: 858-534-2673
Email: pasquale @
Fax: 858-534-7029
Room: 3112
Mail code: 404
Research Layer: Interfaces & Software


Joseph Pasquale holds the J. Robert Beyster Chair in Engineering, and joined the UCSD faculty in 1987. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley in 1988, and S.B. and S.M. degrees from MIT in 1982. He has published over 60 refereed articles in the areas of operating systems and networks. During 1991-94, Pasquale led a team of researchers building the Sequoia 2000 Network, a wide-area high-speed multimedia network connecting five University of California campuses. In 1998, he led CSE's first winning proposal for a highly competitive large-scale NSF Research Infrastructure Grant (UCSD ActiveWeb). Pasquale is a recipient of the prestigious NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award (1989), the IBM Faculty Development Award (1991), the TRW Young Investigator Award (1991), the first UCSD Best Teacher in CSE Award (1992), and he was a member of the select Institute of Defense Analyses' Defense Science Study Group (1996-97). He has served on numerous committees for the ACM, IEEE, and NSF.


Professor Pasquale is an authority on operating systems and networks, with special interest in Internet computing and communications. His research team in the Computer Systems Laboratory is investigating new network and operating system software architectures to support large-scale network-integrated (Internet) computing, extended client/server structures based on mobile code, mobile computing and wireless communications, and distributed multimedia (digital video and audio). Pasquale has also investigated issues of coordination and decentralized control in very large distributed systems, focusing on understanding the characteristic performance of systems where resources are allocated by autonomous decision-making agents that must act despite uncertain knowledge of the states of other agents and resources. A popular lecturer, he teaches courses primarily on operating systems at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.