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La investigadora Elizabeth Belding visita el Departament

 

La investigadora Elizabeth Belding, coneguda mundialment per ser l'autora, junt amb C. Perkins i S. Das, del protocol AODV, ha triat el Departament d'Enginyeria Telemàtica de la UPC per a fer una estada de recerca, després d'anys de col·laboració amb investigadors del grup de xarxes sense fils (WNG). Durant la seva estada, la professora Belding ens oferirà una xerrada on donarà detalls dels seus treballs més recents, centrats en la creació d'infraestructures de comunicacions en regions poc desenvolupades. Aquesta xerrada és una bona oportunitat per descobrir els reptes per a la recerca que plantegen aquest tipus d'escenaris i per conèixer una investigadora de gran prestigi internacional.

Conference title:
A First Look at the Internet Usage Context of Indigenous U.S. Populations

Speaker:
Elizabeth Belding (University of California, Santa Barbara).

When and Where:
Wednesday, May 13th at 11:15
Sala multimèdia de l'ETSETB (B3, Campus Nord)

Abstract:
Are developed nations beyond the digital divide?  Recent studies show that less than 10% of Native Americans living on Tribal land in the U.S. have Internet access.  In this talk, we will discuss the problem of the digital divide in developed countries, particularly focusing on the U.S. and its indigenous population.  We will present a detailed analysis of the usage of the Tribal Digital Village (TDV) network, a multi-hop wireless network that connects 13 reservations in Southern California.  Through exploration of facets of network usage that differ from the mainstream population, we find that large fractions of media uploads fail, despite the usage of only a fraction of the total bandwidth capacity.  By more deeply understanding the connectivity needs and realities of these populations, we use the results of our analysis to look for alternate methods of information dissemination. In particular we explore the use of the Radio Data System (RDS) as a means for low bandwidth delivery of social network content to those users in areas without Internet coverage.

Bio:
Elizabeth M. Belding is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Her research focuses on mobile networking, specifically monitoring, advanced service support, and solutions for developing and underdeveloped regions.  Elizabeth is the author of over 100 technical papers and has served on over 60 program committees for networking conferences. She is currently on the editorial board of IEEE Pervasive Magazine. She is an ACM Distinguished Scientist and an IEEE Fellow, and received the 2015 NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award.