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2017 IEEE Fog World Congress

IEEE Fog World Congress was a blast. It takes a lot to put together an inaugural conference on a new topic — the organizing committee did a great job putting the event together. Moderating the Fog and Edge from the Practitioners’ … Continue reading

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2016 IEEE Communications Society Young Author Best Paper Award

Aya Wallwater, Gil Zussman, and myself received the 2016 IEEE Communications Society Young Author Best Paper Award at the 2016 IEEE GLOBECOM earlier this week, for our paper on measurements and algorithms for networks of energy harvesting nodes that appeared … Continue reading

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Why I Volunteer On The Grace Hopper Conference Scholarship Committee

I am finding it exceptionally rewarding to be serving on the Grace Hopper Conference Scholarship Committee, that is, reviewing Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference travel grant applications. I’ve served on this committee in 2015 and 2016, and … Continue reading

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Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016: First Timer’s Impressions

The legendary and glorious Consumer Electronics Show. A congregation of more than 170,000 people (for comparison, I grew up in a city of only 30,000), in the shiny artificial Las Vegas. A happening that takes over tech pages in all … Continue reading

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Ironman Triathlon

I did it! The face of a person at the finish line of their first Ironman: I found the Ironman different from all the races I’ve done before.  After ~20 major races and more than 50 races in total, I … Continue reading

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50 Races Completed: Reflections

As of this weekend, I have finished a total of 50 races. My first race was a May 2009 Jersey City 10K run. My 50th race was a Harriman State Park olympic distance triathlon (1500m swim, 40km bike ride, 10K … Continue reading

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Mount Washington Road Race

Last weekend I conquered Mount Washington Road Race, which has long been on my bucket list. This well-organized, unusual race did not disappoint; I would highly recommend it to folks that are up for its challenges. While only 7.6 miles … Continue reading

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Beautiful Pervasive World: Wearable Devices

Having seen nothing but my dissertation in the last 6 months, I have been tremendously enjoying an opportunity to scale back on writing and to catch up with the state of the world of innovative pervasive and mobile technology. Oh, … Continue reading

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Convocation and Commencement

Our Columbia graduation ceremonies took a substantial part of this week and were amazing. I love graduating from Columbia. Growing up in the direst poverty and deprivation in the 1990s Russia, I could not dare to dream of getting to … Continue reading

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WimNet’s Columbia University Electrical Engineering Department Awards

My research group (that is, professor Gil Zussman‘s WimNet lab) has had a very good day today, at the Columbia University Electrical Engineering Department BBQ where this year’s graduate student awards were announced. Saleh Soltan received the Armstrong Memorial Award, … Continue reading

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