About me

MariaGorlatova_PhotoAssociate Research Scholar at Princeton University Electrical Engineering Department EDGE Lab led by Prof. Mung Chiang.

Research interests: Architectures, algorithms, and protocols for emerging pervasive networked systems including networked ultra-low-power devices (Internet of Things) and connected heterogeneous computing functionality for them (fog computing). My current research is supported by NSF, DARPA, and Comcast.

Bio: I earned my Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University in the Wireless and Mobile Networking Lab led by Prof. Gil Zussman. My Ph.D. dissertation was recognized with the highest departmental distinction, Jury Award for Outstanding Achievement in Communications. I earned the B.Sc. (Summa Cum Laude) and the M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Ottawa, Canada. Before my Ph.D. studies I worked as a research scientist at Defense R&D Canada and at Telcordia Technologies. Post-Ph.D. I spent a couple of years in industry in business-oriented roles, as a Technical Product and Program Manager at D. E. Shaw Research and as a Senior Strategy Consultant at IBM Corporate Headquarters.

I serve on Technical Program Committees of multiple conferences in communications and networking, including IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE VTC, and IEEE SECON. I judge innovation awards for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and Consumer Electronics Show Asia, and co-chair the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Internet of Things and Wearable Technology track. I also advise two early-stage Internet of Things startups in health and fitness space.

I received a Google Anita Borg USA Fellowship, top-tier Alexander Graham Bell Canadian Graduate Scholar (CGS) NSERC M.Sc. and Ph.D. Fellowships,  and the Columbia University Presidential Fellowship. I was also a runner-up for a Microsoft Research Ph.D. Fellowship. I am a co-recipient of the 2011 ACM SenSys Best Student Demonstration Award, the 2011 IEEE Communications Society Award for Advances in Communications, and the 2016 IEEE Communications Society Young Author Best Paper Award.
Outside of work: I am a runner and a triathlete. I competed in over 60 races including 3 marathons, two 1/2 Ironman triathlons, and a full Ironman Triathlon [blog post about my 2015 Ironman Maryland]. In 2011 and 2016 I qualified for the Triathlon Age Group National Championships. I also like to travel. Combining my passion for sports and travel, I keep an unusual collection: a collection of geographic locations where I went running [current state of this collection: 60% of USA states covered].

 Recent News and News Highlights

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 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.

4/20/2017: I attended DARPA Dispersed Computing (DCOMP) kick-off PI meeting in Arlington, VA. I am 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]

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

2/25/2017: I gave an invited talk about the OpenFog Reference Architecture that we recently released at the Through the Fog workshop organized by the University of Pisa, Italy. [my slides] [local news coverage]

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]


2008 – 2013 Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Columbia University, New York, NY

  • Thesis: Energy Harvesting Networked Nodes: Measurements, Algorithms, and Prototyping [Thesis PDF]
  • Jury Award for Outstanding Achievement in Communications
  • Advised by Prof. Gil Zussman [Aademic genealogy]
  • Columbia University Presidential Fellowship, Canadian Graduate CGS Fellowship
  • GPA: 4.18/4.0

2005 – 2006 M.Sc. Electrical Engineering, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada

  • Thesis: Wormhole Attack Detection in Wireless Ad Hoc Networks [Thesis PDF]
  • Advised by Prof. Ramiro Liscano and Dr. Peter Mason
  • Canadian Graduate CGS Fellowship, Ontario Graduate Fellowship
  • GPA: 98/100

2000 – 2004 B.Sc. Electrical Engineering, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada

  • Summa Cum Laude
  • GPA 92/100, Major GPA 98/100

Additional training: Micro-MBA (IBM), Product Management (NY General Assembly), Project Management (NYU). Certifications: Project Management Professional.

Experience: Research

Experience: Other

Selected Publications

[JSAC15] M. Gorlatova, J. Sarik, G. Grebla, M. Cong, K. Ioannis, and G. Zussman, Movers and Shakers: Kinetic Energy Harvesting for the Internet of Things, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, Special Issue on Wireless Communications Powered by Energy Harvesting and Wireless Energy Transfer, vol. 33, no. 9, 2015. [Paper PDF]

[TMC13] M. Gorlatova, A. Wallwater, G. Zussman, Networking Low-Power Energy Harvesting Devices: Measurements and Algorithms, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, vol. 12, no. 9, Sept. 2013. [Paper PDF]
Winner: 2016 IEEE Communications Society Young Author Best Paper Award.

[Sigmetrics14] M. Gorlatova, J. Sarik, G. Grebla, M. Cong, I. Kymissis, G. Zussman, Movers and Shakers: Kinetic Energy Harvesting for the Internet of Things, in Proc. ACM SIGMETRICS’14, Austin, TX, July 2014 (~17% acceptance rate). [Paper PDF] [Presentation slides]
Selected media coverage: MIT Technology Review Physics ArXiv blog, MIT Technology Review Business Report.

[SenSys11Demo] G. Stanje, P. Miller, J. Zhu, A. Smith, O. Winn, R. Margolies, M. Gorlatova, J. Sarik, M. Szczodrak, B. Vigraham, L. Carloni, P. Kinget, I. Kymissis, and G. Zussman, Demo: Organic Solar Cell-equipped Energy Harvesting Active Networked Tag (EnHANT) Prototypes, in Proc. ACM SenSys’11, Seattle, WA, Nov. 2011.
Winner: Best Student Demo Award. [Demo abstract PDF] [Accompanying poster PDF] [Video of the demo]

[WirComm10] M. Gorlatova, P. Kinget, I. Kymissis, D. Rubenstein, X. Wang, G. Zussman, Energy Harvesting Active Networked Tags for Ubiquitous Object Networking, IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, vol. 17, no 6, pp. 18-25, Dec. 2010.
Winner: 2011 IEEE Communications Society Award for Advances in Communications. [Paper PDF][bib entry]

[MobiCom09] M. Gorlatova, P. Kinget, I. Kymissis, D. Rubenstein, X. Wang, G. Zussman, Challenge: Ultra-Low-Power Energy-Harvesting Active Networked Tags (EnHANTs), in Proc. ACM MobiCom’09 (~10% acceptance rate), Beijing, China, Sept. 2009. [Paper PDF] [bib entry]

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