Pradeeban Kathiravelu is a distributed systems researcher. He holds a Ph.D. double degree, Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate in Distributed Computing (EMJD-DC), from INESC-ID Lisboa / Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal and Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium. He also holds a Master of Science degree, Erasmus Mundus European Master in Distributed Computing (EMDC), from Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal, and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, and a BSc (Eng) Computer Science & Engineering from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. His research interests include Distributed Systems, Network Softwarization, Software-Defined Systems, Cloud-Assisted Networks, Big data Integration, Internet Measurements, and Service-Oriented Architecture. He is highly interested in free and open source software development, and is an active participant of the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) program since 2009, as a student and as a mentor.