LASR Colloquia - Robin Kravets/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, "Connecting the Disconnected", ACES 6.304

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Jenna Whitney
Feb 16, 2012 10:45am - 11:45am

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Type o

f Talk: LASR Colloquia

Speaker/Affiliation: Robin Kravets/University o

f Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Talk Audience: UTCS Faculty, Graduate

Students, Undergraduate Students and Outside Interested Parties


Time: Thursday, February 16, 2012, 10:45 a.m.

Location: ACES 6.304

Host: Lili Qiu

Talk Title: Connecting the Disconnected


Mobility, in all of its forms, results in networks with varying de

grees of connectivity. Providing communication services in such networks re

lies on solutions that treat these disconnections as an expected part of th

e system, instead of as an exception to be handled out of band. However,

handling disconnectivity breaks most architectures for more stable and conn

ected networks. Instead of a standard layered approach to communication ser

vices, communication in such intermittently connected networks depends on

three key
components: contacts, or knowing who we meet, context, knowi

ng what is in our neighborhood, and content, knowing how to find and deli

ver data. In this talk, I will present some of our current research on su

pport for communication in intermittently connected networks, vehicular ne

tworks and mobile social networks, as well as the target applications and

deployment testbeds.

Robin Kravets is an Associate Professor
at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the head of the Mobi

us group at UIUC, which researches communication issues in all types of ne

tworks that are challenged by mobility, including wireless LANs, ad hoc n

etworks, sensor network, delay and disruption tolerant networks, vehicul

ar networks, mobile social networks and personal area networks. Her resear

ch focuses on solutions that enable effective power management, connectivi

ty management, data transport, congestion management, location managemen

t, routing and security. For more information, visit http://mobius.cs.ill