Raouf Boutaba received the B.Sc. in Computer Engineering, with high honors, from the University of Annaba, Algeria, in 1988. He received the M.Sc. and Ph.D degrees in Computer Science from the University of Paris VI, France, in 1990 and 1994, respectively. He also received  the Magister in Computer Engineering, a joint degree of the University of Annaba (Algeria) and the University of Glasgow (Scotland), in 1993.

In August 1999, Raouf Boutaba joined the School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada, where he is now associate professor. Before that he was with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Toronto. Raouf also worked for 3 years as the founding research leader and director of the Telecommunications and Distributed Systems Division at the Computer Research Institute of Montreal (CRIM), Montreal, Canada. While at CRIM, Raouf launched and conducted multi-millions research and development projects with the industry including Ericsson Research Canada, Eicon Technologies, Positron Fiber Systems Bell Canada, Teleglobe, Stentor, MediaSoft and others. He was also an adjunct Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Operational Research at the University of Montreal from 1995 until 2002.

While he was in Europe, Raouf was an assistant professor with the Department of Computer Science at the University of Evry, France, from 1993 until 1995. Also, Raouf acted as a technical leader, between 1990 and 1994, for the MASI research laboratory on a research project part of the European ESPRIT program and which involved several major companies in Europe. From 1994 to 1995 he was a technical leader for the PRiSM Laboratory on a major research project part of the European ACTS program. This project also involved several research institutions from academia and the industry.

Raouf is the chairman of the working group on network and distributed systems management of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) and the technical program chair of the IEEE technical committee on information infrastructure. He has been on the technical program, organization, or steering committees of many international IEEE, IFIP and ACM conferences including IM, NOMS, ISCC, ICC, GLOBECOM. Raouf founded and chaired the IFIP/IEEE International Conference on the Management of Multimedia Networks and Services (MMNS) in 1997, and acted as the technical program committee chair for other international conferences and workshops. He is a member of the advisory editorial board of the International Journal of Network and Systems Management and a member of the editorial board of the International Journal on Communications and Networks. Raouf has also served as a guest editor for other international journals.

He teaches computer networks and distributed systems. His research interests in networks and distributed systems include: (1) automated management of networks and distributed systems, (2) resource management in wired and wireless multimedia networks, (3) transmission of compressed video over broadband networks, (4) resource allocation and protection in optical and overlay networks, (5) routing and location management in ad hoc and sensor networks.

Raouf is a recipient of the Premierís Research Excellence Award (in 2000), a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Computer Society (2002-2004), and a University of Waterloo Mathematics Faculty Fellow (2003-2005).