Maria Gorlatova has been awarded the 2012 US Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship. This competitive scholarship, only 25 of which are awarded nationwide, recognizes academic achievements and demonstrated leadership.
Maria Gorlatova is a Ph.D. Candidate at Columbia University Department of Electrical Engineering. Her adviser is Professor Gil Zussman. Maria's Ph.D. research is focused on designing, developing, analyzing, and evaluating communication, networking, and resource allocation algorithms for the EnHANTs. Maria is the lead graduate student coordinating the development of the EnHANTs prototype testbed. She has also been leading the EnHANTs environmental energy characterization effort. She is a recipient of Columbia University SEAS Presidential Fellowship and Canadian Graduate Scholar (CGS) NSERC Fellowships, and a co-recipient of the 2011 ACM SenSys Best Student Demo Award, and the 2011 IEEE Communications Society Award for Outstanding Paper on New Communication Topics.
An EnHANTs demo titled Organic Solar Cell-equipped Energy Harvesting Active Networked Tag (EnHANT) Prototypes received the Best Student Demo Award at the ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (ACM SenSys 2011), a premier sensor networking conference.
This demo showcased integration of the EnHANT prototypes with novel custom-developed organic solar cells and with novel custom UWB transceivers, and demonstrated various EnHANT adaptations to dynamic environmental energy.Video of the demo:
EnHANTs paper won the 2011 IEEE Communications Society Award for Outstanding Paper on New Communication Topics
A paper by Maria Gorlatova, Peter Kinget, Ioannis Kymissis, Dan Rubenstein, Xiadong Wang and Gil Zussman won the 2011 IEEE Communications Society Award for Outstanding Paper on New Communication Topics. The paper, titled "Energy Harvesting Active Networked Tags (EnHANTs) for Ubiquitous Object Networking", appreared in the IEEE Wireless Communications Dec. 2010 Special Issue on the “Internet of Things: the Next Big Thing in Communications?” (bib entry).
The IEEE Communications Society Award for Outstanding Paper on New Communication Topics is given to outstanding papers that open new lines of work, envision bold approaches to communication, formulate new problems to solve, and essentially enlarge the field of communications engineering.
On behalf of all authors, Maria Gorlatova receives the award at the 2011 IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM'11) Award Ceremony.
The indoor radiant energy measurements we have been collecting over the last 1.5 years have been contributed to the CRAWDAD wireless data repository, and can be accessed at http://www.crawdad.org/columbia/enhants [bib entry].
These first-of-their-kind measurements allow characterizing light energy available in different environments, and can be used as energy inputs to simulators and emulators. We have used the measurements in two recent papers (IEEE INFOCOM'11 paper "Networking Low Power Energy Harvesting Devices: Measurements and Algorithms" and an IEEE WiOpt'11 paper "Performance Evaluation of Resource Allocation Policies for Energy Harvesting Devices"), and are thrilled to have an opportunity to share the measurements through CRAWDAD.
Robert Margolies, a Ph.D. student in the department of Electrical Engineering received the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. The fellowship recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. Robert received the B.S. degree (Summa Cum Laude) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 2010. He is the recipient of the Palmer C. Rickets Prize in Electrical Engineering for outstanding academic success at RPI as well as the Rensselaer Leadership Award and the RPI class of 2010 academic achievement award. During the summers of 2008-2010, Robert was an intern with BAE Systems and ITT Electronic Systems where he worked on military network and communications systems. Within the EnHANTs project, he has been focusing on developing an energy efficient Medium Access Control (MAC) protocol for the UWB physical layer, and on the hardware and software integration for the EnHANT prototype.
Prof. Rubenstein and Prof. Zussman take part in a project which is led by Civionics and funded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The project entitled "WiWarn: An Intelligent Wireless Structural Sensing Solution for Urban Search and Rescue" will focus on developing a wireless system to assist first responders in evaluating the integrity of partially collapsed structures.