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Marvin Sirbu
Carnegie Mellon University
Professor, Engineering and Public Policy
Industrial Administration
Electrical and Computer Engineering


Marvin Sirbu received B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering (1966) and Mathematics (1967), an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering (1968) and an Sc.D. in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Economics (1973) all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Dr. Sirbu remained at MIT as a Research Associate in the Center for Policy Alternatives before joining the faculty of MIT's Sloan School of Management.  While at MIT he directed its Research Program in Communications Policy.  

In 1985 he moved to Carnegie Mellon University with a joint appointment in Engineering and Public Policy, the Tepper School of Business, and Electrical and Computer Engineering.  In 1989 He founded CMU's Information Networking Institute which engages in  interdisciplinary research and education at the intersection of telecommunications, computing, business and policy studies.

Dr. Sirbu spent the 2006-2007 academic year at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Télécommunications

Research Interests

Telecommunications technology, policy, and management; regulation and industrial structure of computer and communications technologies; communications networks and standards; economics of information and networks; electronic commerce.

Recent Research Topics

Future Internet Architecture.  Next Generation Television.  Broadband local access networks:  Fiber to the Premises (FTTx), DSL, Cable Modem, Wireless.  Municipally owned broadband networks.  Pricing in broadband networks.  Regulation of Next Generation Networks.  Universal Service.  Economic impact of broadband deployment. Network interconnection.  Network Neutrality.  Spectrum Policy.

Selected Publications

Bettancourt, R. and Sirbu, M., “Quantifying LDM Mobile TV Service Coverage Spillover into Fixed Rooftop Reception: Increased Coverage Overlap Between U.S. Service Areas,” 12th IEEE International Symposium
on Broadband Multimedia Systems and Broadcasting, Calgary, June, 2017

Alotaibi, M., Sirbu, M., and Peha, J., “Impact of Spectrum Aggregation Technology and Frequency on Cellular Networks Performance,” Proceedings IEEE DySPAN Conference, Stockholm, October, 2015.

Naylor, D., et al, “XIA:  architecting a more trustworthy and evolvable internet,ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communications Review, 44, 3, July 2014, pp. 50-57

Bounie, D., Eang, B., Sirbu, M. and Waelbroeck, P., “Superstars and outsiders in online markets: An empirical analysis of electronic books,” Electronic Commerce Research and Applications, 12, 1, Jan 2013

Agyapong, P., and Sirbu, M., “Economic Incentives in Content-Centric Networking:  Implications for Protocol Design and Public Policy,,”  IEEE Communications Magazine, 50, 12, Dec 2012, pp. 18-26.

Zaber, M. and Sirbu, M., “Impact of spectrum management policy on the penetration of 3G technology,” Telecommunications Policy, 36, 9, Oct 2012, pp. 762-782.

Agyapong, P and Sirbu, M., “The Economic Implications of Edge-Directed Routing: A Network Operator’s Perspective,” Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on the Evolving Internet, INTERNET 2012, (Venice, Italy) June 24-29, 2012

Bounie, D., Eang, B., Sirbu, M. and Waelbroeck, P., “Une analyse empirique de la dispersion des prix sur Internet,Revue Française d’Économie, XXV, 4, 2011

Lehr, W., Sirbu, M., Peha, J. and Gillett, S., "Scenarios for the Network Neutrality Arms Race," 34th Telecommunications Policy Research Conference, 2006, Arlington, Va.

Banerjee, A. and Sirbu, M., “Fiber to the Premise (FTTP) Industry Structure: Implications of a Wholesale-Retail Split,”  34th Telecommunications Policy Research Conference, 2006, Arlington, Va.  This is a significantly expanded version of:  Banerjee, A. and Sirbu, M., “Fiber to the Premise (FTTP) Industry Structure: Implications of a Wholesale-Retail Split,” Proceedings IEEE COMNETS 2005, Boston, Ma. 

Lehr, W., Osorio, C., Gillett, S., and Sirbu, M., “Measuring Broadband’s Economic Impact,” Broadband Properties, Dec 2005, pp. 12-24.  Originally presented as Lehr, W., Osorio, C., Gillett, S., and Sirbu, M., “Measuring Broadband’s Economic Impact,” Telecommunications Policy Research Conference, Arlington, Va., Oct. 2005.

Sirbu, M., Lehr, W., and Gillett, S.  "Evolving Wireless Access Technologies for Municipal Broadband."  Government Information Quarterly, 23, No. 3-4 2006, pp. 480-502.

Ferreira, P. and Sirbu, M., “Interconnected Communication Networks Provisioned Selfishly,” in Proceedings of the Sixth ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce, Vancouver, B.C., June, 2005.

Banerjee, A. and Sirbu, M,.”Towards Technologically and Competitively Neutral Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Infrastructure," in Chlamtac, I., Gumaste, A. and Czabo, C., eds, Broadband Services: Business Models and Technologies for Community Networks, (John Wiley:  New Jersey, 2005).

Chuang, J. and Sirbu, M., "Optimal Bundling Strategy for Digital Information Goods: Network Delivery of Articles and Subscriptions," Information Economics and Policy, 11, 2, pp. 147-176

Chuang, J. and Sirbu, M., "Pricing Multicast Communications: A Cost-Based Approach," Proc. of INET '98, Geneva, July, 1998.

Xie, J., Song, M., Sirbu, M. and Wang, Q., "Kalman Filter Estimation of New Product Diffusion Models", Journal of Marketing Research, 34, 3, Aug., 1997, p. 378-393.

Wang, Q., Peha, J. and Sirbu, M., "Optimal Pricing for Integrated Services Networks," in Internet Economics, McKnight, L. and Bailey, J. eds., (MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1997).

Sirbu, M. and Tygar, J.D. "NetBill: An Electronic Commerce System Optimized for Network Delivered Services," IEEE Personal Communications, August, 1995

Xie, J. and Sirbu, M., "Price Competition and Compatibility in the Presence of Positive Demand Externalities, "Management Science, 41,5,May, 1995, pp. 909-926. Appendix

Sirbu, M., Reed, D. and Ferrante, F., "An Engineering and Policy Analysis of Fiber Introduction into the Residential Subscriber Loop," Journal of Lightwave Technology, 7, 11, November, 1989, pp. 1876-1884.

Sirbu, M. and Zwimpfer, L., " Standards Setting for Computer Communication: The Case of X.25," IEEE Communications Magazine, 23, 3, Mar 1985, pp. 35-45.

Crémer, J., and Sirbu, M., "Une analyse économétrique de l'effort de recherche et développement de l'industrie française," Revue Economique 29, 5, Sept. 1978, pp. 940-957.

Allen T.J., Utterback, J.M., Sirbu, M., Ashford, N.A., and Hollomon, J.H., "Government Influence on the Process of Innovation in Europe and Japan," Research Policy, 7, 2 (1978), pp. 124-149.

Sirbu, M., "Government Aid for the Development of Innovative Technology: Lessons From the French," Research Policy, 7, 2, (1978), pp. 176-196.

Utterback, J.M., Allen, T.J., Hollomon, J.H., Sirbu, M., "The Process of Innovation in Five Industries in Europe and Japan," Engineering Management, EM-23, 1, Feb. 1976, pp. 3-9 Best paper of 1976 award by E.M.



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Engineering and Public Policy,


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CMU and IST Lisbon announce new PhD Program in Engineering and Public Policy with a concentration in Networked Infrastructures


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Last Updated: July 27, 2017