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N2Women Workshop - Program



The Third N2Women Workshop


Technical Program

Friday, April 19

Room: Istanbul


9:00 - 9:15 Welcome

9:15 - 10:15

Keynote Talk 1


Poster Session I and Morning Networking Break

Analysis of urban traffic data sets for VANETs simulations

Alice Castellano, Francesca Cuomo

Joint Rate and Channel Width Adaptation for 802.11 MIMO Wireless Networks

Lara Deek, Eduard Garcia-Villegas, Elizabeth Belding, Sung-Ju Lee, Kevin Almeroth

Multi-Query Processing Framework for Mobile Sensor Networks

Steven Mudda, Silvia Giordano

Modeling Opportunistic Data Delivery in Dynamic Wireless Networks

Mary R. Schurgot, Cristina Comaniciu Stevens, Katia Jaffres-Runser



Keynote Talk 2


12:30-14:00 Lunch


Poster Session 2

Information densities for block-fading MIMO channels

Giusi Alfano, Siyuan Zhou

Data Dissemination Bounds in People-Centric Systems

Kamini Garg, Silvia Giordano

Maximizing Social Welfare in Operator-based Cognitive Radio Networks under Spectrum Uncertainty and Sensing Inaccuracy

Shuang Li, Zizhan Zheng, Eylem Ekici, Ness Shroff

Mitigation of P2P Overlay Attacks in the Automatic Metering Infrastructure of Smart Grids

Cristina Rottondi, Giacomo Verticale

A network coding-oriented multi-objective framework in wireless networks

Qi Wang, Katia Jaffres-Runser, Jean-Marie Gorce



Mentoring Session and Afternoon Networking Break


16:15 Discussion and Closing remarks


Keynote 1

Title: Sensing and scheduling energy consumption in the Smart Grid

Speaker: Prof. Anna Scaglione (UC Davis)



Over the past twenty years power systems and economic theory have merged to co-design market architectures that can competitively price and dispatch in real time generators power, so as to follow the random daily electricity demand. In spite of the many technical advances made, today wind and solar power cannot be easily thrown into the mix of generation resources due to their limited dispatchability and intermittent nature when compared to fuel combustion. What is still lacking are technologies and incentives that would make it possible to use opportunistically abundant renewable energy, without compromising reliability. Responsive and controllable consumption could be used to compensate for the volatility introduced by intermittent resources on the generation side. This would require harnessing the flexibility of large population of responsive appliances and electrical vehicles, connected in an Internet of things that is the grid to respond to their real service needs. This talk will discuss ongoing research on modeling electrical load demand that can both aid the direct management of these loads as well as facilitate the integration of deferrable loads at the planning stage of the optimal power flow dispatch. We specifically focus on Electrical Vehicle charging and indicate how planning and real time decision can use data that come from these dispatchable loads to optimally schedule their charging. We also will indicate paths to extend this to other loads and challenges that lie ahead in the design of scalable and secure architectures for demand side management in the power grid.

Speaker's Bio

Prof. Anna Scaglione (M.Sc.'95, Ph.D. '99) is currently Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of California at Davis. She joined UC Davis in 2008, after leaving Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, where she started as Assistant Professor in 2001 and became Associate Professor in 2006; prior to joining Cornell she was Assistant Professor in the year 2000-2001, at the University of New Mexico. She is a Fellow of the IEEE since 2011 and was honored by both the Signal Processing and the Communication Societies. She is the Editor in Chief of the IEEE Signal Processing Letters, and served as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications from 2002 to 2005, and from 2008 to 2011 in the Editorial Board of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing from 2008, where she was Area Editor in 2010-11. She has been general chair of the workshop SPAWC 2005 in the Signal Processing for Communication Committee from 2004 to 2009 and is in the steering committee for the conference Smartgridcomm since 2010 and is currently in the Board of Governors of the SIgnal Processing Society. Dr. Scaglione is the first author of the paper that received the 2000 IEEE Signal Processing Transactions Best Paper Award; she has also received the NSF Career Award in 2002 and she is co-recipient of the Ellersick Best Paper Award (MILCOM 2005) and of the 2013 IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award. Her expertise is in the broad area of signal processing for communication systems and networks. Her current research focuses on studying and enabling decentralized signal processing in networks of sensors. She also focuses on sensor systems and networking models for the demand side management and reliable energy delivery.


Keynote 2

Title: Managing the Crowd: The Theory and Design of Socio-Computational Systems

Speaker: Prof. Mihaela van der Schaar (UCLA)



Classical methods of optimal control are adequate for the the design and operation of systems/networks that are comprised of compliant users/machines. However, more and more systems/networks are not of this sort but rather are comprised of self-interested, intelligent and non-compliant users (peer-to-peer networks, social networks, crowdsourcing platforms are familiar examples). In such systems.networks, the welfare of individual users is typically in conflict with the welfare of the system as a whole; ignoring this conflict often leads to enormous loss of performance or even to complete collapse. This talk presents a theoretical framework for the design of such systems/networks that makes use of a novel class of incentive mechanisms (rewards and punishments) that ameliorates or even eliminates the conflict of individual and system objectives, leading to enormous improvements in welfare.

Speaker's Bio

Mihaela van der Schaar is Chancellor's Professor of Electrical Engineering at University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests include network economics and game theory, online learning, multimedia networking, communication, processing, and systems, real-time stream mining, dynamic multi-user networks and system designs. She is an IEEE Fellow since 2010, a Distinguished Lecturer of the Communications Society for 2011-2012, the Editor in Chief of IEEE Transactions on Multimedia and was a member of the Editorial Board of the IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Signal Processing. She received an NSF CAREER Award (2004), the Best Paper Award from IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology (2005), the Okawa Foundation Award (2006), the IBM Faculty Award (2005, 2007, 2008), the Most Cited Paper Award from EURASIP: Image Communications Journal (2006), the Gamenets Conference Best Paper Award (2011) and the 2011 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Darlington Award Best Paper Award. She received three ISO awards for her contributions to the MPEG video compression and streaming international standardization activities, and holds 33 granted US patents. For more information about her research visit: