Center Launch

Inaugural Retreat Agenda

Inauguration of the MIT Center for Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing (Wireless@MIT)


MIT Faculty Club (Demo Session at the Stata Center)


DAY ONE:  October 11, 2012 (Open to the Media and the Public)

08:15am- 09:00am

Breakfast & Registration

09:00am -09:30am

Inauguration & Vision

Speakers include: Prof. Eric Grimson (Chancellor), Prof. Daniela Rus (CSAIL Director), Profs. Hari Balakrishnan and Dina Katabi (Directors of Wireless@MIT)

09:30am - 10:30am

Technical Session 1:

Networks of the Future: Spectrum, Coverage, and Reliability

  • Solving the Spectrum Crunch: How Do We Get 10x More Data without More Spectrum?  -- Prof. Dina Katabi
  • Dr. Vanu Bose, from Vanu Inc. will talk about the PCAST Report and the Future of Spectrum in the US
  • Network Coding: From Theory to Practice -- Prof. Muriel Medard

10:30am - 11:00am

Coffee Break

11:00am - 12:00pm

Technical Session 1 (Continues)

Networks of the Future: Spectrum, Coverage, and Reliability

  • Videoconferencing with Alfalfa: How to Beat Skype, Facetime, and Hangout over Wireless Networks -- PhD Student Keith Winstein
  • Spinal Codes: Faster and More Agile Networking -- PhD student Jonathan Perry
  • Why You Should Care about Fading Channel Capacity! -- Prof. Yury Polyanskiy

12:00pm- 01:00pm


01:00pm - 2:00pm

Technical Session 2:

Handset 2020: Low-Power Hardware Design

  • Self-Powered Wireless Sensors -- Prof. Anantha Chandrakasan
  • Sparse Fourier Transform  & Building a Million-Point FFT --  Prof. .Piotr  Indyk and  Prof. Arvind
  • Building Compressed Sensing Systems: Sensors and Analog Information Converters –PhD Student Omid Abari

02:00pm - 02:30pm       

Coffee Break

02:30pm - 3:30pm

Technical Session 3:

Mobile Apps that Change Our Lives: Collaboration, Healthcare, Transportation

  • Can You Search Your Phone Calls Like You Search Your Email? Prof. Regina Barzilay
  • Computing Next-Generation Transportation Services on a Network of Phones -- Prof. Li-Shiuan Peh
  • They Can Hear Your Heartbeats—Securing Medical implants Prof. Shyam Gollakota (MIT Graduate; Prof. at University of Washington)

03:30pm - 3:45pm

Short Break

03:45pm - 4:25pm

Technical Session 3 (Continues)

Mobile Apps that Change Our Lives: Multimedia, Collaboration, Healthcare, Transportation


  • How Smartphones Can Make Driving Safer – Prof. Hari Balakrishnan
  • CarSpeak: Autonomous Driving with a Wider Field of View -- PhD Student Swarun Kumar

04:25pm - 05:00pm       

Free Time.  Also, move to Stata Center for Demo Session and Dinner

05:00pm - 07:00pm       

Demos and Posters

  • Spectrum Co-Use: How Moving by One Inch Can Double Your Throughput
  • CarSpeak: Video of Autonomous Driving 
  • Mosh: The Mobile Shell
  • SoftCast: Mobile Video that Doesn’t Glitch or Stall
  • Low Power Wireless Testbed
  • Taming Big Data: How to Build a Million-Point FFT
  • Energy Harvesting
  • Code In The Air: Simplifying Tasking and Coordination Apps on Mobiles
  • Spinal Codes
  • The Future of RFID Networks
  • Securing Wireless Medical Implants
  • Underwater Robots
  • Low Cost Crowd Counting using Audio Tones
  • SignalGuru: Mobile Phones for a Collaborative Traffic Signal Schedule Advisory
  • DIPLOMA: Consistent and Coherent Shared Memory over Mobile Phones
  • MegaMIMO: 10x Higher Data Rates Without Extra Spectrum
  • Extracting information from partial packets
  • Network Coding as a WiMAX Link Reliability Mechanism

07:00pm - 08:45pm       



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