About me

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

Research Interests: My work centers on the vision of a fully networked world, with connectivity and intelligence are added to every device big and small. I work on architectures, algorithms, and protocols for emerging pervasive systems and applications, including the Internet of Things, ultra-low-power energy harvesting systems, and fog and mobile edge computing. My research is supported by NSF, DARPA, Comcast, and Microsoft.

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 some time 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 Internet of Things and Wearable Technology track of Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, which is attended by over 15,000 people. I am actively involved in the OpenFog Consortium, an industry-wide initiative to define fog computing architectures. I serve on the Consortium’s Technical Committee and chair its’ Communications Working Group (elected position).

I am the recipient of the 2016 IEEE Communications Society Young Author Best Paper Award, the 2011 ACM SenSys Best Student Demonstration Award, and the 2011 IEEE Communications Society Award for Advances in Communications. I also received the Google Anita Borg USA Fellowship, Columbia University Presidential Fellowship, and top national Alexander Graham Bell Canadian Graduate Scholar (CGS) NSERC M.Sc. and Ph.D. Fellowships.
Outside of work: I am an avid runner and a triathlete. I competed in over 60 races including 3 marathons, 3 Escape from Alcatraz triathlons [blog post about the Escape], and an Ironman triathlon [blog post about the Ironman]. In 2011 and 2016 I qualified for the Triathlon Age Group National Championships. Fun fact: a motion trace of my 3-hour marathon preparation run appeared in my paper on motion energy harvesting [Figure 6 in this paper].

 Recent News and News Highlights

7/19/2017: We are grateful to Microsoft for supporting our work with a Microsoft Azure Research Award, which provides us the equivalent of $20,000 in Azure computing services. [more information]

7/04/2017: I am co-editing a special issue on Big Data in Future Internet Architectures of the Wiley Transactions on Emerging Telecommunication Technologies. We are interested in the implications of big data and IoT on all aspects of communications and networking, from wireless access to fog/edge computing to datacenter networking. We would love to see strong relevant submissions. Please e-mail me if you have questions. The submission deadline is October 1st. [Journal special issues information] [CFP PDF]

5/20/2017: Our research is in the news: New Yorker article “If Donald Trump Were Actually a Battery” mentions my work on human motion energy harvesting, in 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. The title of my talk is “Fog Computing: Challenges and Solutions”.


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 [Academic genealogy]
  • Columbia University Presidential Fellowship, Canadian Graduate NSERC 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 NSERC 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), Project Management (NYU), Product Management (NY General Assembly). 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. [Award info]

[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] [Award info]

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