Samer Salam

Distinguished Engineer

Enterprise Networking

Samer Salam is a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco Systems. He focuses on technology incubation in addition to the system and software architecture for networking products. His work covers the areas of Intent Based Networking, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Reasoning, Semantic Technologies and Immersive Visualization.

Previously at Cisco, he held multiple technical leadership and software development positions working on IoT, Layer 2 VPN / EVPN, Carrier/Metro Ethernet services, OAM, network resiliency, system scalability, software quality, multi-service edge, broadband, MPLS and dial solutions.

He holds over ninety US and international patents, is author of "The Internet of Things From Hype to Reality: The Road to Digitization". He authored twelve IETF RFCs, and several articles in telecommunications industry journals. He is also a Distinguished Speaker at CiscoLive.


April 7, 2023


Networking Demystified: The Modern Networking Stack

Learn about the modern networking stack from the point of view of technologists working in this exciting and continuously evolving space that impacts businesses, education, healthcare, and people worldwide.

April 26, 2021


The Journey to Automating Network Troubleshooting with Machine Reasoning

Learn how a Cisco Distinguished Engineer sought to apply Machine Reasoning (MR) to automate network troubleshooting to benefit all our customers.

Network Assurance with Machine Reasoning and Machine Learning

The AI technology landscape includes both ML and MR. The two provide complimentary capabilities and combined together they enable AIOps to cover all aspects of network assurance.  ML captures the patterns in the data, and MR captures human expertise, facts and logic.