Networking and Distributed Systems
Networking and Distributed systems encompass a wide corpus of research ranging from mobile, pervasive, sensor systems to wired systems. We at University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, concentrate on issues related to mobile and pervasive computing under the flagship of Networking and Distributed systems. Pervasive, sensor, and mobile systems encompass almost everything that we use or see around us---mobile phones, sensors, RFID-based platforms, laptops, and PDAs. Given the breadth of the area, pervasive systems face unique challenges. For example, most of these systems are battery powered and can be powered by renewable energy sources such as solar, vibration, and ambient light. Therefore, managing energy on these systems is a huge challenge. While energy management and the goal of perpetual operation still intrigues researchers, the application space of these systems have broadened with the advent of social networking portals such as Facebook, Orkut, MySpace, and Twitter. Recent times have seen the use of mobile and pervasive systems as platforms for social networking applications. Further, dealing with mobility on these wireless systems is a very important research challenge. Our research focuses on these four key areas of networking and distributed systems-- RFID-enabled systems, renewable energy driven systems, mobile social systems, and mobile and wireless networking . We also work on theoretical projects related to networking, such as network topology compression and analytical modeling of hybrid mobile networks.