ECE Colloquium - February 20, 2014

Dr. Aylin Yener, Pennsylvania State University

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Core Building Lecture Hall

Energy Harvesting Wireless Communication Networks

Abstract: 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 environment. By developing effective and robust communication techniques to be used under energy harvesting conditions, some of the communication devices and networks 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 randomness 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 principles of energy harvesting wireless communication networks established in our recent work. The focus will be on identifying optimum transmission scheduling policies in various settings, the ensuing algorithmic solutions leading to design insights, and time permitting, some recent results on information theoretic limits.


Aylin Yener received the B.Sc. degree in electrical and electronics engineering, and the B.Sc. degree in physics, from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey; and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Wireless Information Network Laboratory (WINLAB), Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. Commencing fall 2000, for three semesters, she was a P.C. Rossin endowed assistant professor at the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, Lehigh University, PA. In 2002, she joined the faculty of The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, where she was an assistant Professor, then associate Professor, and is currently professor of Electrical Engineering since 2010. 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 wireless communications and networking, information theory, communication theory and network science, with recent emphasis on energy harvesting green communications and information security. She received the NSF CAREER award in 2003 and the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society Outstanding Research Award in 2010; and was a co-recipient of DARPA young investigator team award for the ITMANET program in 2006, and the best paper award in Communication Theory Symposium at the IEEE International Conference on Communications in 2010.

Dr. Yener has served as a technical program (co-)chair for various conferences including for the IEEE Communications Society (2008-2014). She was an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications (2009-2012), an associate editor and an editorial advisory board member for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (2001-2012). She served as the student committee chair for the IEEE Information Theory Society 2007-2011, and was the co-founder of the Annual School of Information Theory in North America in 2008. Dr. Yener is a member of the board of governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society and its treasurer since 2012.