LCN 2004

Keynote Presentations

Opportunities and Challenges in
High-Rate Wireless Sensor Networking

Dr. Hari Balakrishnan

The first wave of embedded wireless sensor networks has generally been characterized by applications whose data rate requirements are quite low, usually less than tens of kilobits per second. I believe that the next wave, characterized by applications in industrial process control, fabrication plants, structural health monitoring, fluid pipelining monitoring, and hydrology, will involve substantially higher data rates and will require new techniques for data delivery and for integrating computing and networking in sensor networks. This talk will discuss these challenges at both the architectural and protocol levels, and suggest some research directions for the networking community. Many of these issues are also applicable in the context of Internet access over wireless "mesh" networks.

About the Speaker: Hari Balakrishnan studied at IIT Madras (B. Tech., '93) and UC Berkeley (PhD, '98). He is now an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at MIT, where he leads the Networks and Mobile Systems Group at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL). His research interests are in networked computer systems, including resilient networking, wireless networks, sensor computing, and large-scale systems. His honours include the ACM doctoral dissertation award, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, an NSF CAREER Award, MIT's Harold Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award, and several best paper awards including, most recently, the IEEE Communication Society's William R. Bennett Prize.

Networking 2004: Trends and Issues

Dr. Raj Jain
Nayna Networks

Dr. Raj Jain, Co-Founder and CTO of Nayna Networks and Adjunct Professor at Ohio State University, will give a keynote presentation at LCN 2004. He will highlight current hot topics in networking with particular emphasis on optical and wireless networking. An abstract of the presentation will be published as it becomes available.

About the Speaker: Raj Jain is a Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Nayna Networks, Inc., a next-generation telecommunications systems company in San Jose, CA. Until August 2002, he was also a Professor of Computer and Information Sciences at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where he is now an Adjunct Professor. He is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of ACM and is on the Editorial Boards of Computer Communications (UK), Journal of High Speed Networks (USA), Mobile Networks and Nomadic Applications, and International Journal of Wireless and Optical Communications (Singapore). He is currently a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Communications Society and has served as an ACM Lecturer (1991-97), IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Visitor (1993-96), and as Vice-Chair of ACM SIGCOMM (1991-95).

Raj Jain is on the Board of Technical Advisors to Teradiant Networks, San Jose, CA, and Rhonet Systems, Columbus, OH. He has also served on the Boards of Technical Advisors to a dozen other companies including Nexabit Networks (acquired by Lucent Corporation) and Amber Networks (acquired by Nokia). Based on his active participation in the computer industry, Dr. Jain was awarded 1999 siliconindia Leadership Awards for Excellence and Promise in Business and Technology. He is also the recipient of "Lumley Engineering Research Award 1999" and "Research Accomplishment Award 1996" by The Ohio State University. He is author of four books including Art of Computer Systems Performance Analysis which won the 1991 "Best-Advanced How-to Book, Systems" award from Computer Press Association. His fourth book entitled High-Performance TCP/IP: Concepts, Issues, and Solutions, was published recently by Prentice Hall. He has 13 patents, 40+ journal and magazine papers, and 60+ conference papers, which can be found at