About me

MariaGorlatova_PhotoAssistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Department of Computer Science, 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 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: 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 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 65 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].

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, transcripts, and a brief note about your research interests at maria.gorlatova /at/ duke.edu. More information about my current research projects.

11/30/2018: New: we have a number of summer research opportunities in the lab, for US-based and international undergraduate students. Some of the project descriptions are available here. All students are encouraged to apply here by January 31st, 2019. US-based students can additionally e-mail me directly at maria.gorlatova /at/ duke.edu throughout January and February 2019.

 Recent News and News Highlights

11/30/2018: Paper led by Parinaz Naghizadeh titled “Hurts to be Too Early: Benefits and Drawbacks of Communication in Multi-Agent Learning” accepted to IEEE INFOCOM 2019 (acceptance rate 19.7%). Parinaz is on the academic job market this year. 

11/27/2018: I am delighted to be attending 2018 Facebook Connectivity Lab Research Workshop in Menlo Park, CA (invited participant). At this event I will be presenting a poster titled “Towards Intelligent Augmented Reality with Edge Computing“.

10/15/2018: Duke University I^3T Lab is pleased to welcome Dr. Guohao Lan, who will be starting his postdoctoral scholar position in the lab in November 2018.

10/01/2018: I gave an invited talk at Fog World Congress in San Francisco, CA. The key messages of my talk were summarized in the Network World article Augmented Reality, Fog, and Vision: Duke Professor Outlines Importance of Smart Architectures.

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.


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

  • 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

[INFOCOM19] P. Naghizadeh, M. Gorlatova, A. Lan, M. Chiang, Hurts to be Too Early: Benefits and Drawbacks of Communication in Multi-agent Learning, to appear in IEEE INFOCOM, Paris, France, May 2019 (19.7% acceptance rate).

[IOT19] H. Inaltekin, M. Gorlatova, M. Chiang, Virtualized Control over Fog: Interplay between Reliability and Latency, to appear in the IEEE Internet of Things Journal, 2019. [PDF available via IEEE Early Access]

[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] [Video of the talk] [Princeton Engineering video]

[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]

[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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