News and updates

This page summarizes my selected professional activities over the last few years.

2017

Sharing my thoughts on the future of technology at IEEE WIE ILC.

05/22/2017: I spoke on an invited panel about the future of technology at the Innovation Track of the 2017 IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference (IEEE WIE ILC) in San Jose, California, attended by more than 1,200 people [IEEE WIE ILC speakers].

5/20/2017: My research is in the news: New Yorker article “If Donald Trump Were Actually a Battery” mentions my work on human motion energy harvesting, in the context of president Trump’s recent comments on the principles of human body as an energy supply.

5/12/2017: I will be presenting my work on fog computing at the Computer Systems Engineering track of the 2017 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, which is expected to be attended by over 18,000 people.

5/09/2016: I served as an Innovation Awards Judge for the 2017 CES Asia.

4/20/2017: I attended DARPA Dispersed Computing (DCOMP) kick-off PI meeting in Arlington, VA. We are contributing to two DARPA DCOMP projects: Network Back-haul Layered Architecture (NEBULA) led by BAE Systems and Dispersed Computing via Successive Refinement and Pricing with Resilience and Scale (DSPRS) led by LGS Innovations. [project award information] [DCOMP in the news]

Speaking on the IoT Central panel.

4/19/2017: I spoke on the Fog Computing and IoT panel of the IoT Central meetup in NYC, simulcasted with Austin, TX.

3/03/2017: I spoke on an expert panel of the Fog Computing in the IoT and 5G World event in Atlanta, GA.

2/25/2017: I gave an invited talk about the OpenFog reference architecture at the Through the Fog workshop organized by the University of Pisa, Italy. [slides] [news coverage]

2/15/2017: I am serving on a National Science Foundation (NSF) proposal review panel.

2/08/2017: OpenFog Reference Architecture is now publicly released. I contributed to the reference architecture both individually and as the co-chair of the OpenFog Consortium Communications Working Group.  [EETimes commentary] [ECD interview with me and 2 other OpenFog technical committee members]

2016

12/15/2016: I am co-chairing the Internet of Things and Wearable Technology Track of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing for the second time in 2017. In 2016 the track was attended by 8,000 people.

10/11/2016: I served as an Innovation Awards Judge for the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) [meet the judges].

10/1/2016: I was elected to co-chair the OpenFog Consortium Communications Working Group. OpenFog Consortium is a public-private ecosystem that accelerates adoption of fog computing. The Consortium has over 55 member organizations including Intel, CISCO, Microsoft, ARM, Dell, and AT&T.

8/12/2016: I joined Princeton University Electrical Engineering Department as an Associate Research Scholar in the EDGE Lab led by Professor Mung Chiang. I am working on defining system architectures for the emerging area of fog computing.

7/01/2016: I am serving on the Technical Program Committee of the 2017 Conference on Wireless On-demand Network Systems and Services (WONS 2017).

5/15/2016: I am serving on a National Science Foundation (NSF) proposal review panel.

ieeecomsocawardReceiving the award at IEEE GlobeCom 2016.

5/1/2016: Aya Wallwater and myself are sharing the 2016 IEEE Communications Society Young Author Best Paper Award for our paper on measurements and algorithms for networks of energy harvesting nodes, which appeared in the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing in 2013. This is my second IEEE Communications Society Award. I previously received the 2011 Award for Advances in Communications. [IEEE Communications Society award information] [Columbia University Engineering webpage coverage] [Link to the award-winning paper]

4/12/2016: I am serving on the 2016 Grace Hopper Scholarship Committee, evaluating Grace Hopper Scholarship Grant applications from students, postdocs, and junior faculty members from around the world. This is my second year serving on the Grace Hopper Scholarship Committee. [ Blog post: why I volunteer on the GHC Scholarship Committee ]

4/1/2016: I am serving on the technical program committee of the 2017 IEEE Conference on Computer Communications (IEEE INFOCOM). This is my second year serving on the technical program committee of this conference.

3/30/2016: I am  co-chairing the Internet of Things and Wearable Technology track of the 2016 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. This is one of only 8 technical tracks at a conference that is expected to be attended by more than 15,000 people.

3/15/2016: I joined the advisory board of All [in]spire Health, a start-up which is creating wireless technology for analyzing interactions between patients and their doctors and nurses in healthcare facilities.

3/6/2016: I became a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

2/1/2016: I joined the board of N^2 Women, a community for women in computer communications and networking, as a Fellowship Awards Co-chair.

1/7/2016: I attended the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV. [Blog post: first-timer’s CES impressions]

1/1/2016: I am serving on the technical program committee of the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Sensing, Communication and Networking (IEEE SECON).

2015

10/20/2015: I served as an invited panelist at the D. E. Shaw Research Summit for Undergraduate Women in Computational Sciences.

10/11/2015: I served as an Innovation Awards Judge for the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). I judged 2 product categories: wireless handsets and wireless handset accessories.

9/27/2015: Our paper “Energy Harvesting Active Networked Tags (EnHANTs): Prototyping and Experimentation” has been accepted for publication in the IEEE Transactions on Sensor Networks. [Paper PDF]

6/10/2015: Guy Grebla gave an invited talk about our joint work on kinetic energy harvesting for the Internet of Things at the Energy Efficiency and Harvesting for BSNs workshop.

4/28/2015: I was an invited speaker at the Columbia University Graduate Society of Women Engineers (GradSWE) speaker series event.

3/28/2015: I am serving on the technical program committee of the 2016 IEEE Conference on Computer Communications (IEEE INFOCOM).

2/20/2015: Prof. Gil Zussman gave an invited talk based on our joint work on kinetic energy harvesting for the Internet of Things at the ACM MobiHoc’15 Pre-TPC Meeting “Networking: Wireless, Internet, and Social” Workshop.

2/1/2015: The IEEE Communications Technology News highlighted our paper “Energy Harvesting Active Networked Tags (EnHANTs) for Ubiquitous Object Networking” in the Editor in Chief’s top-3 picks for 2014. Joint work with Peter Kinget, Gil Zussman, John Kymissis, Dan Rubenstein, and Xiaodong Wang. [Paper PDF]

1/13/2015: I served as an invited panelist at the Columbia University Industry Careers Panel, organized by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and attended by ~ 100 PhD students and postdocs from different Columbia departments. The other panelists were from Merck, Regeneron, Lumiode, and Schrodinger.

ColumbiaPanelWith the other panelists, discussing preparation for industry careers for PhDs.

2014

12/31/2014: I will be serving on the technical program committee of the 2015 IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks Track.

12/17/2014: My paper on kinetic energy harvesting for the Internet of Things has been accepted to the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, issue on Wireless Communications Powered by Energy Harvesting and Wireless Energy Transfer. Joint work with Guy Grebla and John Sarik.

10/10/2014: Guy Grebla’s poster presentation based on our joint work on kinetic energy harvesting received the Top 10 Poster Award at the Columbia University Postdoc Research and Career Symposium.

8/01/2014: I joined D. E. Shaw Research (DESRES) as a Principal Engineering Program Manager, helping to build supercomputer Anton.

6/24/2014: I presented the paper Movers and Shakers: Kinetic Energy Harvesting for the Internet of Things at the 2014 ACM SIGMETRICS conference in Austin, TX.

5/24/2014: My Movers and Shakers ACM SIGMETRICS’14 paper is profiled in MIT Technology Review Business Report: MIT Technology Review article: The Internet of You.

5/1/2014: I am serving on the technical committee of the 2014 ACM SenSys workshop on Energy Neutral Sensing Systems.

3/20/2014: The patent that was filed during my internship at Disney Research Zurich in 2011, titled System and Method for Managing Location Services in Wireless Networks, is now officially granted. Joint work with Stefan Mangold and Roberto Aiello.

2/20/2014: My paper, titled “Movers and Shakers: Kinetic Energy Harvesting for the Internet of Things“, has been accepted to ACM SIGMETRICS’14 (17% acceptance rate). Joint work with John Sarik and Guy Grebla. This work has previously been profiled by MIT Technology Review Physics ArXiv blog and several other online media outlets. [Physics ArXiv Blog Article]

1/7/2014: I joined IBM Corporate Headquarters Business Performance Services group as a Senior Strategy Consultant, focusing on driving the adoption of advanced analytics for major business transformation initiatives.

2013

12/5/2013: John Sarik presented the results of our joint work on indoor light spectrum measurements at the IEEE GlobalSIP Symposium on Energy Harvesting and Green Wireless Communications (invited paper).

11/6/2013: I attended the 2013 Rising Stars in EECS Academic Career Workshop for Women organized by the MIT EECS Department (invited participant).

RisingStars2013-group At the workshop with the other attendees.

7/11/2013: Our study of object and human motion energy harvesting is profiled by the MIT Technology Review Physics ArXiv Blog. In this study we analyzed motion properties using a 40-participant dataset, and also collected and processed over 200 hours of motion information for different participants. Joint work with John Sarik and Mina Cong. [Physics ArXiv Blog Article] [Report PDF]

7/05/2013: I presented our work on student project organization within the EnHANTs umbrella project at the ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ACM ITiCSE’13) held in Canterbury, UK. Joint work with John Sarik. [Paper PDF]

5/10/2013: I was awarded the Columbia University Electrical Engineering Department Jury Award for Outstanding Achievement in the areas of system communication / signal processing, the highest award given by the Department to a Ph.D. student. [Award Info] [Blog post]

4/24/2013: I defended my PhD dissertation titled “Energy Harvesting Networked Nodes: Measurements, Algorithms, and Prototyping”. [Dissertation PDF] [Blog post]

4/18/2013: I presented a paper about the EnHANTs testbed at the IEEE INFOCOM’13 mini-conference. Additionally, jointly with Robert Margolies and Gil Zussman, I presented an EnHANTs testbed demonstration at the IEEE INFOCOM’13 demo session. [Paper PDF] [Demo Abstract PDF]

3/20/2013: A recording of a talk I recently gave at Microsoft Research is available online. In this talk I introduced the EnHANTs project and talked about my contributions to the project and to the overall space of networking ultra-low-power energy harvesting nodes: environmental energy characterizations, energy harvesting adaptive algorithms, and testbed design and development. [Talk Video]

1/25/2013 I gave an invited talk at the AT&T Technology Security Group seminar in New York, NY.

2012

11/23/2012: I gave an invited talk about the EnHANTs project and some of my contributions to it at the IEEE Ottawa Signal Processing Society Seminar Series in Ottawa, ON.

11/05/2012: An EnHANTs demo I contributed to was presented at the IDTechEx Energy Storage and Harvesting USA 2012 Conference in Washington, DC (invited demonstration).

6/28/2012: My paper titled “Networking Low-Power Energy Harvesting Devices: Measurements and Algorithms” has been accepted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing. Joint work with Aya Wallwater. [Paper PDF]

6/25/2012: Jointly with Caleb Phillips, I organized the 2012 ACM MobiSys Ph.D. Forum in Low Woods Bay, UK. Many thanks to student presenters and to forum panelists, David Chu, Samir R. Das, Marco Gruteser, and Thomas Moscibroda.

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6/18/2012: I gave a talk titled “Energy Harvesting Active Networked Tags for Ubiquitous Object Networking” at the Workshop on Wireless Energy Transfer and Scavenging Techniques of the 2012 IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IEEE IMS’12) in Montreal, QC (invited speaker).

5/07/2012: I am honored to have been awarded the 2012 US Google Anita Borg Fellowship. [Award info] [EnHants project news item] [Columbia EE Dept. news item]

2/05/2012: I am serving on the technical program committee of the EnHaNSS workshop of IEEE INSS 2012.

2011

12/10/2011: I attended IEEE GLOBECOM 2011 to received our IEEE ComSoc paper award. [Blog post]

11/08/2011: Our demo received the Best Student Demo Award at the ACM SenSys 2011. Demo presented jointly with Robert Margolies and Gerald Stanje. [Demo Abstract PDF] [Accompanying Poster PDF] [Video of the demo]

11/06/2011: My paper on location privacy in femtocell networks was presented at IEEE MILCOM 2011. The paper is based on a project completed during my internship at Disney Research Zurich. Joint work with Roberto Aiello and Stefan Mangold.

9/20/2011: I have successfully defended my Ph.D. Thesis Proposal, completing the requirements for the M.Phil degree. My proposal defense committee members were professors Vishal Misra and Henning Schulzrinne.

9/01/2011: I served as a panelist on the Current Graduate Students Panel, held as a part of orientation activities for incoming graduate students in the Electrical Engineering Department. [A PDF of a slide with some references I suggested to incoming graduate students]

7/17/2011: Together with John Sarik I attended a workshop for Entrepreneurs Who Want to Change the World, organized by Vodafone Americas Foundation for Vodafone Americas Foundation Wireless Innovation Project Winners in Boulder, CO.

6/29/2011: Jointly with Robert Margolies, Gerald Stanje, and Jianxun Zhu, I presented a demonstration of UWB-enabled EnHANT testbed at the ACM MobiSys 2011 in Washington, DC. [Demo abstract PDF]

demo-acmmobisys2011Presenting the demo at ACM MobiSys’11.

6/28/2011: I received the Best Speaker Award at the ACM MobiSys 2011 PhD Forum.

5/15/2011: The indoor irradiance dataset I have been collecting and analyzing has been added to CRAWDAD. [Dataset on CRAWDAD] [Our INFOCOM paper summarizing the study] [Additional dataset details]

5/10/2011: I presented my paper titled “Performance Evaluation of Resource Allocation Policies for Energy Harvesting Devices” at IEEE WiOpt 2011 in Princeton, NJ. Joint work with Andrey Bernstein. [Paper PDF]

4/15/2011: A paper I wrote jointly with the EnHANTs Project PIs (Peter Kinget, John Kymissis, Dan Rubenstein, Xiaodong Wang, and Gil Zussman) won the 2011 IEEE Communications Society Award for Outstanding Paper on New Communication Topics, which will be presented at the IEEE GLOBECOM 2011. [ EnHants Project News Item ] [ Columbia School of Engineering News Item ] [ Paper PDF ]

4/13/2011: I presented my paper titled “Networking Low-Power Energy Harvesting Devices: Measurements and Algorithms” (joint work with Aya Wallwater) at the IEEE INFOCOM 2011 (~16% acceptance rate). [Paper PDF]

1/07/2011: I am spending the Spring semester at a research internship at Disney Research in Zurich, Switzerland.

2010 and prior

11/16/2010: I presented the EnHANTs Project at the IDTechEx Energy Harvesting and Storage USA 2010 conference (invited talk) in Boston, MA.

09/22/2010: Together with Zainab Noorbhaiwala I presented the EnHANTs prototype demo at the ACM MobiCom 2010 Demo Session in Chicago, IL. [EnHants Project News Item] [Demo Abstract PDF]

06/25/2010: Together with Tarun Sharma, I presented a demo of EnHANT prototypes at IEEE SECON 2010 in Boston, MA. [ EnHants Project News Item ] [ Demo Abstract PDF ]

01/28/2010: I attended the 2010 Google GRAD CS Forum in Mountain View, CA.

09/25/2009: I presented my paper titled “Challenge: Ultra-Low-Power Energy-Harvesting Active Networked Tags (EnHANTs)”, at ACM MobiCom 2009 (~10% acceptance rate) in Beijing, China. Joint work with Peter Kinget, John Kymissis, Dan Rubenstein, Xiaodong Wang, and Gil Zussman. [ Paper PDF ]

04/02/2008: I was awarded the Columbia University Presidential Fellowship that will fully cover tuition and provide a stipend for 4 years in the Columbia University Electrical Engineering Ph.D. program.

05/01/2007: I successfully defended my M.Sc. thesis titled Wormhole Attack Detection in Wireless Ad Hoc Networks at University of Ottawa, ON, Canada.

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