About me

MariaGorlatova_PhotoAssistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University

Office: 2471 CIEMAS, Lab: 217 Hudson Hall

E-mail: maria.gorlatova /at/ duke.edu

Research interests: My research focuses on the challenges and opportunities associated with adding connectivity and intelligence to every device big and small — the cross-disciplinary area known as the Internet of Things. My work involves the development of architectures, algorithms, and protocols for emerging pervasive systems. This work crosses traditional discipline boundaries and requires thinking across multiple layers of system and protocol stacks. I am particularly interested in the opportunities associated with fog and edge computing, and in breaking the barriers for technologies that enable fundamentally new deployments and experiences, such as energy harvesting and augmented reality. More about my current research.

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 and after my Ph.D. I worked in industry in research, development, and business strategy. After my Ph.D. I was an Engineering Program Manager at D. E. Shaw Research and a Senior Strategy Consultant at IBM Corporate Headquarters Chief Economist’s Office.  Prior to starting my position at Duke, I was an Associate Research Scholar and an Associate Director of the EDGE Lab at Princeton University Department of Electrical Engineering, where I worked with Prof. Mung Chiang.

I received several awards including 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. I serve on the Technical Program Committees of multiple conferences including IEEE INFOCOM, IFIP PERFORMANCE, and ACM MobiHoc.

Industry leadership: My industry experience helps me work across the industry-academia divide. I am actively participating in the OpenFog Consortium, an industry-wide initiative to define fog computing architectures [moderating a panel of industry experts] [talking about fog computing at an NYC IoT Central meetup] [presenting OpenFog communications framework at 2017 IEEE Fog World Congress]. I also judge prestigious Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Innovation Awards and co-chair the Internet of Things and Wearable Technology track of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, attended by over 18,000 people.
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Outside of work: I am a runner and a triathlete. I competed in more than 65 races including 3 marathons, 3 Escape from Alcatraz triathlons, and an Ironman triathlon [blog post about the Ironman].  I have thrice qualified, and once competed in, Triathlon Age Group National Championships [blog post about the nationals]. Fun fact 1: I ran at least one mile in 39 US states. [the map of the states and countries where I went running]. Fun fact 2: A motion trace of my 3-hour marathon preparation run appeared in my paper on harvesting energy of motion [Figure 6 in this paper] [related blog post].

I am looking for creative, energetic, and hard-working BS, MS, and PhD students to join my lab at Duke University. Please e-mail me your CV, your transcripts, and a brief note about your research interests at maria.gorlatova /at/ duke.edu. More information about my ongoing research projects.

 Recent News and News Highlights

09/14/2018: Prof. Wenjun Hu (Yale University) and myself received an NSF Computer Systems Research (CSR) grant to examine Multi-tier Service Architectures in IoT-Edge-Cloud-Paradigms.

09/13/2018: We are thankful for the AWS Cloud Credits for Research Award that will support our work on restructuring applications for edge/fog computing. Joint proposal with Dr. Liang Zhang.

08/20/2018: The Women in Tech Show podcast with me is now available: Edge Computing with Maria Gorlatova.

08/11/2018: Robert Macinnis and myself talked to Deloitte’s Digital Chief IoT Technologist Robert Schmid and Digital and Analytics Strategist Kelsey Carvell about the vision of fog and edge computing: Coffee with Ms. Connected and Mr. IoT.

08/01/2018: This Fall I am giving invited talks at the IEEE Sarnoff Symposium in Newark, NJ and at the Fog World Congress in San Francisco, CA. The talks are titled Towards Intelligence on the Edge: Restructuring Computing to Enable the Next Generation of the IoT. 

08/01/2018: I attended the 2018 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit in Redmond, WA (invited participant).

Education

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

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), Proposal Writing (Princeton University). Certifications: Project Management Professional.

Positions: Research

Positions: Other

Recent and Selected Publications

[ARVRSIGC18] S. Ahn, M. Gorlatova, P. Naghizadeh, M. Chiang, P. Mittal, Fog-based Adaptive Output Security for Augmented Reality, ACM SIGCOMM VR/AR Network Workshop, Budapest, Hungary, Aug. 2018. [Paper PDF]

[SenSys17Demo] T. Chang, L. Zheng, M. Gorlatova, C. Gitau, C. Huang, M. Chiang, Demo: Decomposing Data Analytics in Fog Networks, in Proc. ACM SenSys’17, Delft, Netherlands, Nov. 2017. [Demo abstract PDF] [Video of the demo]

[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]

[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.

[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]

[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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