Seminars & Colloquia

Elizabeth Belding

University of California, Santa Barbara

"GROWMesh: Organic Growth Mesh Networks for Developing Regions"

Tuesday February 03, 2009 10:15 AM
Location: 3211, EB 2 NCSU Centennial Campus
(Visitor parking instructions)


Abstract: Access to communication plays a pivotal role in the socio-economic development of any nation. The past few decades have witnessed revolutionary changes in communication technology and information access has become a key component of many people's lives. While on one hand the Internet revolution has played a pivotal role in the development of economic, social, financial and educational sectors of the industrialized world, it has also created a 'digital divide' that separates the affluent and developed nations from the developing and under-developed regions of the world.

The goal of our research is to make significant strides towards overcoming this divide through the development of inexpensive, self-configuring, self-monitoring, and self-sustaining wireless mesh network communication solutions that are robust to power outages and that support continued organic network growth through local citizens. Due to low literacy rates and an urgent need for basic communication in developing regions, our solutions must support the transmission of real-time voice and video traffic. While we intend for our solutions to be broadly applicable, we focus our attention specifically on rural Africa to leverage our partnerships with the Meraka Institute in South Africa and the LinkNet project in Zambia. We call this project GROWMesh, to represent the idea of network growth through local citizens that does not require a high degree of local engineering or customization.

In this talk, we will present some of our recent research on dynamic and adaptive solutions for monitoring wireless networks, conserving network power, and supporting real-time multimedia traffic. We will discuss the applicability of these solutions to networks in developing regions, and present a path for turning our GROWMesh vision into a reality.

Short Bio: Elizabeth M. Belding is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Elizabeth's research focuses on mobile networking, specifically mesh networks, multimedia, monitoring, advanced service support, and solutions for developing and underdeveloped regions. She is the founder and director of the Mobility Management and Networking (MOMENT) Laboratory. Elizabeth is the author of over 80 technical papers and has served on over 50 program committees for networking conferences. Elizabeth served as the TPC Co-Chair of ACM MobiCom 2005, IEEE SECON 2005, and ACM MobiHoc 2007, and as the TPC Area Chair of IEEE Infocom 2008. She has served on the editorial board for the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing journal. Elizabeth is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, and a 2002 MIT Technology Review 100 award, awarded to the world's top young investigators.

Host: George Rouskas, Computer Science, NCSU

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