Keynote Speakers

Muriel Médard is a Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. She was previously an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and a member of the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. From 1995 to 1998, she was a Staff Member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in the Optical Communications and the Advanced Networking Groups. Professor Médard received B.S. degrees in EECS and in Mathematics in 1989, a B.S. degree in Humanities in 1990, a M.S. degree in EE 1991, and a Sc D. degree in EE in 1995, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge.

She has served as an Associate Editor for the Optical Communications and Networking Series of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, as an Associate Editor in Communications for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory and as an Associate Editor for the OSA Journal of Optical Networking. She has served as a Guest Editor for the IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology, the Joint special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory and the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking on Networking and Information Theory and the IEEE Transactions on Information Forensic and Security: Special Issue on Statistical Methods for Network Security and Forensics. She serves as an associate editor for the IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society.Professor Médard’s research interests are in the areas of network coding and reliable communications, particularly for optical and wireless networks. She was awarded the IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Prize Paper Award 2002 for her paper, “The Effect Upon Channel Capacity in Wireless Communications of Perfect and Imperfect Knowledge of the Channel,” IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Volume 46 Issue 3, May 2000, Pages: 935-946. She was co- awarded the Best Paper Award for G. Weichenberg, V. Chan, M. Médard, “Reliable Architectures for Networks Under Stress”, Fourth International Workshop on the Design of Reliable Communication Networks (DRCN 2003), October 2003, Banff, Alberta, Canada. She received a NSF Career Award in 2001 and was co-winner 2004 Harold E. Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award, established in 1982 to honor junior faculty members “for distinction in research, teaching and service to the MIT community.” She was named a 2007 Gilbreth Lecturer by the National Academy of Engineering. Professor Médard is a House Master at Next House and a Fellow of IEEE. Professor Médard is also the Chief Scientist at Blackwave.

Erik Dahlman received the Master of Science degree and Doctor of Technology degree from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm in 1987 and 1992 respectively. He is currently Senior Expert in Radio Access Technologies within Ericsson Research. Erik Dahlman was deeply involved in the development and standardization of 3G radio access technologies (WCDMA and HSPA), first in Japan and later within the global 3GPP standardization body. Later on he was involved in the standardization/development of the 3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE) and its continued evolution. His currently focuses on research and development of future 5G wireless access technologies.

Erik Dahlman is the co-author of the book 3G Evolution – HSPA and LTE for Mobile Broadband and its follow-up 4G – LTE and LTE-Advanced for mobile broadband. He has also participated in three other books within the area of wireless communication, as well as numerous journal papers and conference contributions. He is a frequent invited speaker at different international conferences.

In October 2009, Erik Dahlman received the Major Technical Award, an award handed out by the Swedish Government, for his contributions to the technical and commercial success of the HSPA radio-access technology.

Tommaso Melodia is an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award, and coauthored a paper that was recognized as the ISI Fast Breaking Paper in the field of Computer Science for February 2009 and of an ACM WUWNet 2013 Best Paper Award. He serves in the Editorial Boards of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, and Computer Networks (Elsevier). His current research interests are in modeling, optimization, and experimental evaluation of networked communication systems, with applications to ultrasonic intra-body networks, cognitive and cooperative networks, multimedia sensor networks, and underwater networks.

Toward Ultrasonic Networking for Implantable Intra-body Networks

Abstract: Wirelessly networked systems of implantable sensors and actuators could enable revolutionary new applications with a potential to advance the medical treatment of major diseases of our times. Yet, most “body area networks” research to date has focused on communications among devices interconnected through traditional electromagnetic radio-frequency (RF) waves (often along the body surface); while the key challenge of enabling networked intra-body miniaturized sensors and actuators that communicate through body tissues is largely unaddressed. The main obstacle is posed by the physical nature of propagation in the human body, which is composed primarily of water – a medium through which RF electromagnetic waves do not propagate well.

In this talk, I will give an overview of our ongoing work exploring a different approach, i.e., establishing wireless networks through human tissues by means of acoustic waves at ultrasonic frequencies. We will start off by discussing fundamental aspects of ultrasonic propagation in human tissues and their impact on wireless protocol design at different layers of the protocol stack. We will then discuss our research on designing and prototyping ultrasonic networking protocols through a closed-loop combination of mathematical modeling, simulation, and experimental evaluation.