Dr. Hofmann is known for his pioneering work on reliable multicasting over the Internet and for defining and shaping fundamental principles of content networking. He has published over 60 journal and conference papers and given invited talks as well as courses all over the world. He has been granted six U.S. patents, with more than thirty patent applications pending.
Dr. Hofmann has been very active in several professional organizations, and the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc), in particular. He has served as Chair of the Internet Technical Committee (ITC), a joint committee of the Internet Society and the IEEE Communications Society. He has also served as the Chair of the Open Pluggable Edge Services (OPES) Working Group in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and is also serving on the Editorial Board of the Computer Communications Journal and the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking.
He received his Ph.D. with honors in Computer Engineering from University of Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1998 and joined Bell Labs Research the same year. For the spring 2005, spring 2006, and spring 2007 semesters, Dr. Hofmann also accepted a position as adjunct professor at Columbia University in New York, USA, teaching a graduate course on Content Networking.
Dr. Hofmann has been awarded several prestigious awards. His Ph.D. thesis won the 1998 GI/KuVS Doctoral Dissertation Award for the best Ph.D. thesis in Germany in the area of Distributed Systems and Telecommunications, and the 1998 FZI Doctoral Dissertation Award for best Ph.D. thesis in Computer Science at University of Karlsruhe.