Research interests: Architectures, algorithms, and protocols for emerging pervasive networked systems.
Bio: I earned my Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University where I was part of the Wireless and Mobile Networking Lab led by Professor Gil Zussman. My Ph.D. dissertation, focused on networking ultra low power energy harvesting devices, was recognized with the highest departmental distinction, Jury Award for Outstanding Achievement in Communications. I earned the B.Sc. (Summa Cum Laude) and the M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Ottawa, Canada. Before my Ph.D. studies I worked as a research scientist, specializing in security of wireless networks, at Defense R&D Canada and at Telcordia Technologies Advanced Research. Post-Ph.D., I also spent a couple of years in industry in business roles, including a Technical Product and Program Manager position at D. E. Shaw Research (leading development of custom supercomputers) and a Senior Strategy Consultant position at IBM Corporate Headquarters (using innovations in data science to improve sales oversight processes).
I serve on Technical Program Committees of multiple conferences in communications and networking, including IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE VTC, and IEEE SECON. I judge innovation awards for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), and am currently co-chairing the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Internet of Things and Wearable Technology track. I also advise two early-stage Internet of Things startups in health and fitness space.
I received a Google Anita Borg USA Fellowship, top-tier Alexander Graham Bell Canadian Graduate Scholar (CGS) NSERC M.Sc. and Ph.D. Fellowships, and the Columbia University Presidential Fellowship. I was also a runner-up for a Microsoft Research Ph.D. Fellowship. I am a co-recipient of the 2011 ACM SenSys Best Student Demonstration Award, the 2011 IEEE Communications Society Award for Advances in Communications, and the 2016 IEEE Communications Society Young Author Best Paper Award.
Outside of work: I am an avid runner and triathlete. I competed in over 60 races including 3 marathons, two 1/2 Ironman triathlons, and a full Ironman Triathlon [blog post about my 2015 Ironman Maryland]. In 2011 and 2016 I qualified for the Triathlon Age Group National Championships. I also like to travel. Combining my passion for sports and travel, I keep an unusual collection: a collection of geographic locations where I went running [current state of this collection: 60% of USA states covered].
Recent News and News Highlights
2/09/2017: I am giving an invited talk at the Through the Fog Workshop organized by the University of Pisa, Italy.
2/08/2017: OpenFog Reference Architecture is now publicly released. I’ve been contributing to the Reference Architecture both individually and as the co-chair of the OpenFog Consortium Communications Working Group. [EETimes commentary]
12/15/2016: I am co-chairing the Internet of Things / Wearable Technology Track of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing for the second time in 2017. In 2016 the track was attended by 8,000 people.
10/11/2016: I served as an Innovation Awards Judge for the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) [meet the judges]. This is my second year judging CES Innovation Awards.
4/15/2016: I received the 2016 IEEE Communications Society Young Author Best Paper Award. Aya Wallwater and I received this award for our paper on measurements and algorithms for networks of energy harvesting nodes that appeared in the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing in 2013 [Paper PDF]. This is my second IEEE Communications Society Award. My previous one is the 2011 Award for Advances in Communications. [Columbia University Engineering webpage coverage]
2008 – 2013 Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Columbia University, New York, NY
- Thesis: Energy Harvesting Networked Nodes: Measurements, Algorithms, and Prototyping [Thesis PDF]
- Jury Award for Outstanding Achievement in Communications
- Advised by Prof. Gil Zussman. [Full academic genealogy]
- Columbia University Presidential Fellowship, Canadian Graduate CGS Fellowship
- GPA: 4.18/4.0
2005 – 2006 M.Sc. Electrical Engineering, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada
- Thesis: Wormhole Attack Detection in Wireless Ad Hoc Networks [Thesis PDF]
- Advised by Prof. Ramiro Liscano and Dr. Peter Mason
- Canadian Graduate CGS Fellowship, Ontario Graduate Fellowship
- GPA: 98/100
2000 – 2004 B.Sc. Electrical Engineering, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada
- Summa Cum Laude
- GPA 92/100, Major GPA 98/100
Additional training: Micro-MBA (IBM), Product Management (NY General Assembly), Project Management (NYU). Certifications: Project Management Professional.
- Associate Research Scholar, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 2016 – present
- Postdoctoral Researcher, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2013
- Presidential Fellow, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2008 – 2013
- Research Assistant (Ph.D. Internship), Disney Research, Zurich, Switzerland, 2011
- Research Scientist, Telcordia Technologies, Piscataway, NJ, 2007 – 2008
- Research Scientist, Defense R&D Canada, Ottawa, ON, 2004 – 2007
- Technical Product and Program Manager, D. E. Shaw Research, New York, NY, 2014 – 2016
- Senior Business Strategy Consultant, IBM, Armonk, NY, 2014
- Back-end Software Developer, Sirius Satellite Radio, New York, NY, 2007
- Web Software Developer (B.Sc. Internship), Nortel Networks, Ottawa, ON, 2003
- Assistant Patent Examiner (B.Sc. Internship), Canadian Intellectual Property Office, Hull, QC, 2003
[JSAC15] M. Gorlatova, J. Sarik, G. Grebla, M. Cong, K. Ioannis, and G. Zussman, Movers and Shakers: Kinetic Energy Harvesting for the Internet of Things, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, Special Issue on Wireless Communications Powered by Energy Harvesting and Wireless Energy Transfer, vol. 33, no. 9, 2015. [Paper PDF]
[TMC13] M. Gorlatova, A. Wallwater, G. Zussman, Networking Low-Power Energy Harvesting Devices: Measurements and Algorithms, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, vol. 12, no. 9, Sept. 2013. [Paper PDF]
Winner: 2016 IEEE Communications Society Young Author Best Paper Award.
[Sigmetrics14] M. Gorlatova, J. Sarik, G. Grebla, M. Cong, I. Kymissis, G. Zussman, Movers and Shakers: Kinetic Energy Harvesting for the Internet of Things, in Proc. ACM SIGMETRICS’14, Austin, TX, July 2014 (~17% acceptance rate). [Paper PDF] [Presentation slides]
Selected media coverage: MIT Technology Review Physics ArXiv blog, MIT Technology Review Business Report.
[SenSys11Demo] G. Stanje, P. Miller, J. Zhu, A. Smith, O. Winn, R. Margolies, M. Gorlatova, J. Sarik, M. Szczodrak, B. Vigraham, L. Carloni, P. Kinget, I. Kymissis, and G. Zussman, Demo: Organic Solar Cell-equipped Energy Harvesting Active Networked Tag (EnHANT) Prototypes, in Proc. ACM SenSys’11, Seattle, WA, Nov. 2011.
Winner: Best Student Demo Award. [Demo abstract PDF] [Accompanying poster PDF] [Video of the demo]
[WirComm10] M. Gorlatova, P. Kinget, I. Kymissis, D. Rubenstein, X. Wang, G. Zussman, Energy Harvesting Active Networked Tags for Ubiquitous Object Networking, IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, vol. 17, no 6, pp. 18-25, Dec. 2010.
Winner: 2011 IEEE Communications Society Award for Advances in Communications. [Paper PDF][bib entry]
[MobiCom09] M. Gorlatova, P. Kinget, I. Kymissis, D. Rubenstein, X. Wang, G. Zussman, Challenge: Ultra-Low-Power Energy-Harvesting Active Networked Tags (EnHANTs), in Proc. ACM MobiCom’09 (~10% acceptance rate), Beijing, China, Sept. 2009. [Paper PDF] [bib entry]