Robert Soulé is an assistant professor at the University of Lugano. His research interests are in distributed systems, networking, and applied programming languages. His recent work has focused on software-defined networks and gossip protocols. He is the recipient of the Best Paper award at ACM DEBS 2012. Prior to joining the University of Lugano, he was a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University. He received his PhD from New York University in 2012, and his BA from Brown University in 1999. For two years, he was a research co-op in the Data Intensive Systems and Analytics Group at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.