An Uncertainty-aware Autonomic Resource Provisioning Framework for Mobile Computing Grids

Professor Dario Pompili
Dept ECE, Rutgers University

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

CoRE Building Lecture Hall


Mobile platforms are becoming the predominant medium of access to Internet services due to the tremendous increase in their computation and communication capabilities. However, enabling applications that require real-time in-the-field data collection and processing using mobile platforms is still challenging due to i) the insufficient computing capabilities and unavailability of complete data on individual devices and ii) the prohibitive communication cost and response time involved in offloading data to remote centralized computing resources such as cloud datacenters.

This talks presents a novel resource provisioning framework for organizing the heterogeneous sensing, computing, and communication capabilities of static and mobile devices in the vicinity in order to form an elastic resource pool – a hybrid static/mobile computing grid. This local computing grid can be harnessed to enable innovative data- and compute-intensive mobile applications such as ubiquitous context-aware health and wellness monitoring of the elderly, distributed rainfall and flood-risk estimation, distributed object recognition and tracking, and content-based distributed multimedia search and sharing.

In order to address challenges such as the inherent uncertainty in the hybrid grid (in terms of network connectivity and device availability), a role-based resource-provisioning framework imparted with autonomic capabilities (self-organization, self-optimization, and self-healing) is proposed.


Dario Pompili joined as Assistant Professor the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Rutgers University in 2007, where he is the Director of the Cyber Physical Systems Laboratory (CPS Lab). He is also co-directing the Cloud and Autonomic Computing (CAC) Center, an NSF multi-institution research center funded by the I/UCRC program.

He received a Ph.D. in ECE from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007 after working at the Broadband Wireless Networking Laboratory (BWN-Lab). In 2005, he was awarded Georgia Institute of Technology BWN-Lab Researcher of the Year for “outstanding contributions and professional achievements". He had previously received his “Laurea” (integrated B.S. and M.S.) and Doctorate degrees in Telecommunications Engineering and System Engineering from the University of Rome “La Sapienza,” Italy, in 2001 and 2004.

His research interests include wireless sensor networks, underwater acoustic communication and coordination of underwater vehicles, green computing, and network optimization and control. He is author of many influential research articles on these topics. He serves on the editorial board of Ad Hoc Networks (Elsevier) Journal and on the technical program committee of several leading conferences on networking such as INFOCOM, MASS, SECON, GLOBECOM, ICC. In 2011, he received the NSF CAREER award for his work on underwater multimedia acoustic communication and the Rutgers/ECE Outstanding Young Researcher award. He has recently won a Young Investigator Program (YIP) grant from the ONR, one of only 26 awarded nationwide in 2012, for his proposal titled “Investigating Fundamental Problems for Real-time In-situ Data Processing in Heterogeneous Mobile Computing Grids.” He is member of the IEEE Communications Society and the ACM.