Patrick Crowley

Founder and CTO
Observable Networks


Patrick Crowley has served as our chief technology officer since 2013 and is responsible for the evolution and evangelism of the company's technical strategy. For over a decade, Patrick has been a leading researcher on deep packet inspection (DPI) technologies within various academic, commercial, and government communities. In 2010, Patrick came to the realization that future security defenses would soon require new approaches and viable solutions that were insensitive to data encryption and the recognition of threat signatures. In 2011, Patrick founded Observable Networks to bring to market the company's continuous device profiling (CDP) technology.

Additionally, Patrick is Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. His research interests are in computer and network systems architecture, with a current focus on the design of programmable embedded network systems and the invention of superior network monitoring and security techniques.

Patrick also co-founded the ACM/IEEE Symposium on Architectures for Networking and Communications Systems, and co-edited the three-book series, Network Processor Design. He is co-author of the 2012 textbook entitled Modern Embedded Computing and serves as Associate Editor of the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. In 2007, Crowley was chosen to join the DARPA Computer Science Study Group.

Patrick holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Washington, a M.S. in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Washington, and a B.A. in Mathematics, Physics, & Computer Science from Illinois Wesleyan University.


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