The Network Coding and Reliable Communications Group, Professor Muriel Medard


Seminar / Aylin Yener

Thursday, September 8, 2016, 3 p.m., 36-112

DATE:  Thursday 9/08/16
TIME:3:00 pm

Aylin Yener
The Pennsylvania State University


Wireless communication networks composed of devices that can harvest energy from nature will lead to the green future of wireless, as energy harvesting offers the possibility of perpetual network operation without adverse effects on the envi- ronment. By developing effective and robust communication techniques to be used under energy harvesting conditions, some of the communication devices in a heterogeneous network can even be taken off the grid. Energy harvesting brings new considerations to system level design of wireless communication networks, leading to new insights. These include ran- domness and intermittency of available energy, as well as additional system issues to be concerned about such as energy storage capacity and processing complexity. The goal of this talk is to furnish the audience with fundamental design prin- ciples of energy harvesting wireless communication networks which is an emerging area. The focus will be on identifying optimum transmission scheduling policies in various settings, and the ensuing algorithmic solutions. Time permitting we will also go into the information theory of energy harvesting communications, which brings in new challenges taking into account energy availability and storage at the channel use level.

Aylin Yener is a professor of Electrical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA since 2010, where she joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 2002. During the academic year 2008-2009, she was a Visiting Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, CA. Her research interests are in information theory, communication theory and network science with recent emphasis on green communications, information security and networked systems. She received the NSF CAREER award in 2003, the best paper award in Communication Theory in the IEEE International Conference on Communications in 2010, the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society (PSEAS) Outstanding Research Award in 2010, the IEEE Marconi Prize paper award in 2014, the PSEAS Premier Research Award in 2014, and the Leonard A. Doggett Award for Outstanding Writing in Electrical Engineering at Penn State in 2014.  She is a fellow of the IEEE.

Dr. Yener is an elected member of the board of governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society for the term 2015- 2017. Previously, she served on the same board of governors as the treasurer (2012-2014). She served as the student committee chair for the IEEE Information Theory Society 2007-2011, and was the founder (with Gerhard Kramer) of the North American School of Information Theory (NASIT) co-organizing the school in 2008, 2009 and 2010. For the IEEE Communications society, she was a technical (co)-chair for various symposia/tracks at IEEE ICC, PIMRC, VTC, WCNC and Asilomar (2005-2014). She served as an editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications (2009-2012), an editor and an editorial advisory board member for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (2001-2012), a guest editor for IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (2011) and a guest editor for IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (2015). Presently, she is an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, and a senior editor for the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications