About me

MariaGorlatova_PhotoNortel Networks Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Department of Computer Science, Duke University

Office: 409 Wilkinson. Lab: 443 Wilkinson.

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 pervasive technologies of the future. 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: 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 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.

I received several awards including the 2016 IEEE Communications Society Young Author Best Paper Award, the 2011 ACM SenSys Best Student Demonstration Award, the 2020 ACM/IEEE IPSN Best Research Artifact 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 Technical Program Committees of multiple conferences including IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE ICDCS, IEEE ICNP, ACM SenSys, and ACM/IEEE IPSN.

Industry leadership: My industry experience helps me work across the industry-academia divide. I actively participated in the OpenFog Consortium, an industry-wide initiative that defined 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 judge prestigious Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Innovation Awards, and have co-chaired the Internet of Things and Wearable Technology track of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, attended by over 18,000 people.
Outside of work: I am a runner and a triathlete. I competed in more than 70 races including 3 marathons, 3 Escape from Alcatraz triathlons, and an Ironman triathlon [blog post about the Ironman].  I have thrice qualified for, and once competed in, Triathlon Age Group National Championships [blog post about the nationals]. Fun fact 1: I ran at least one mile in 40 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]. New 2020: Fun fact 3: I have a new running partner, and we’ve already ramped up to running 30+ miles per week together!

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

 Recent News and News Highlights

12/01/2020: Sarah Sangjun Eom will be joining the lab as a PhD student in the Spring of 2021. Welcome!

11/18/2020: Guohao presented our work on gaze-based cognitive context sensing at ACM SenSys (20.6% acceptance rate). [ Paper PDF ] [ Dataset and codebase ] [ Video of the talk ]

11/10/2020: Professor Gorlatova received the 2020 IBM Faculty Award.

11/04/2020: Congratulations to Dr. Guohao Lan, a current postdoctoral associate in the lab, who will be joining TU Delft as an Assistant Professor next year. It has been wonderful to work with Guohao and we wish him all the best in this exciting new role.

10/26/2020: Professor Gorlatova is serving as the Vice Chair for the Edge Computing track of the IEEE ICDCS 2021.

9/03/2020: Professor Gorlatova spoke on the IEEE WoWMoM panel on AR/VR/XR over wireless networks. [ Panel presentation slides ]

8/01/2020: Professor Gorlatova has been named the Nortel Networks Assistant Professor in the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University.

4/27/2020: Our IEEE IPSN’20 paper received the inaugural IEEE IPSN Best Research Artifact Award, which recognizes the authors who have contributed the research artifact that is judged to be most novel, easy to use, well documented, and useful to advance research. [ Paper PDF ] [ More information about the paper ] [ Dataset and codebase ]

10/07/2019: We are grateful for the NSF support of our work on next-generation edge computing-enabled multi-user augmented reality. Joint work with CMU Prof. Carlee Joe-Wong. [ Award information ]


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

  • Nortel Networks Assistant Professor, Duke University Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Durham, NC, 2020 – present
  • Assistant Professor, Duke University Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science Departments, Durham, NC, 2018 – present
  • Associate Director, Princeton EDGE Lab, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 2017 – 2018
  • Associate Research Scholar, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 2016 – 2018
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2013
  • Presidential Fellow, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2008 – 2013
  • Research Assistant (Ph.D. internship), Disney Research, Zurich, Switzerland, 2011
  • Research Scientist, Telcordia Technologies, Piscataway, NJ, 2007 – 2008
  • Research Scientist, Defense R&D Canada, Ottawa, ON, 2004 – 2007

Positions: Other

Recent and Selected Publications

[SenSys20] G. Lan, B. Heit, T. Scargill, M. Gorlatova, GazeGraph: Graph-based Few-Shot Cognitive Context Sensing from Human Visual Behavior, in Proc. ACM SenSys’20, Nov. 2020 (20.6% acceptance rate). [ Paper PDF ] [ Dataset and codebase ]

[CoNext20] X. Ran, C. Slocum, Y.-Z. Tsai, K. Apicharttrisorn, M. Gorlatova, J. Chen, Communication Efficient Multi-User Augmented Reality with Spatially Consistent Virtual Objects, in Proc. ACM CoNext’20, Dec. 2020.

[IOTJ20] C. Yu, K. Kam, Y. Xu, Z. Cui, D. Steingart, M. Gorlatova, P. Culligan, I. Kymissis, Plant Spike: A Low Cost, BLE Beacon with On-Board Sensors for Smart City Soil Health Monitoring, IEEE Internet of Things Journal, Vol. 7, No. 9, 2020. [ Paper PDF ]

[CommMag20] G. Lan, M. Imani, P. Del Hougne, W. Hu, D. Smith, M. Gorlatova, Wireless Sensing Using Dynamic Metasurface Antennas: Challenges and Opportunities, IEEE Communications Magazine, Vol. 58, No. 6, June 2020. [ Paper PDF ]

[IPSN20] Z. Liu, G. Lan, J. Stojkovic, Y. Zhang, C. Joe-Wong, M. Gorlatova, CollabAR: Edge-assisted Collaborative Image Recognition for Mobile Augmented Reality, in Proc. IEEE IPSN’20, April 2020 (21.7% acceptance rate). [ Paper PDF ] [ Dataset and codebase ] IEEE IPSN Best Research Artifact Award.

[SmartEdge20] M. Glushakov, Y. Zhang, Y. Han, T. Scargill. G. Lan, M. Gorlatova, Edge-based Provisioning of Holographic Content for Contextual and Personalized Augmented Reality, in Proc. IEEE Workshop on Smart Edge Computing and Networking (co-located with IEEE PerCom), Austin, TX, Mar. 2020 (invited paper). [ Paper PDF ]

[HotNets19] X. Ran, C. Slocum, M. Gorlatova, J. Chen, ShareAR: Communication-efficient Multi-User Mobile Augmented Reality, in Proc. ACM HotNets’19, Princeton, NJ, Nov. 2019 (20.4% acceptance rate). [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]
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]

[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] [Award info]

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