Instrumenting the world with wireless sensor networks
University of California at Los Angeles, US
Professor Deborah Estrin is a Professor of Computer Science at UCLA and is Director of the NSF-funded Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS). Estrin received her Ph.D. (1985) in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, her M.S. (1982) from M.I.T. and her B.S. (1980) from U.C. Berkeley. Before joining UCLA she was a member of the University of Southern California Computer Science Department from 1986 through the middle of 2000. She is also a member of the Computer Networks Division at the USC Information Sciences Institute.
In 1987, Professor Estrin received the National Science Foundation, Presidential Young Investigator Award for her research in network interconnection and security. During the subsequent 10 years much of her research focused on the design of network and routing protocols for very large, global, networks, such as: scalable multicast routing and transport protocols, self-configuring protocol mechanisms for scalability and robustness, and tools and methods for designing and studying large scale networks. Since the late 90’s Professor Estrin has been collaborating with her colleagues and students to develop protocols and systems architectures needed to realize rapidly-deployable and robustly-operating networks of many hundreds of physically-embedded devices, e.g., sensor networks. She is particularly interested in the application of spatially and temporally dense embedded sensors to environmental monitoring. Estrin has been a co-PI on many NSF and DARPA funded projects. She chaired a 1997-98 ISAT study on sensor networks and the 2001 NRC study on Networked Embedded Computing which produced the report Embedded Everywhere. Estrin serves on the Advisory Committees for the NSF Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) and Environmental Research and Education
(ERE) Directorates. Estrin was recently selected to join the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) of The National Academies.
Professor Estrin is a fellow of the ACM, AAAS and the IEEE. She has served on numerous panels for the NSF, National Academy of Sciences/NRC, and DARPA. She has also served as an editor for the ACM/IEEE Transactions on Networks, and as a program committee member for many networking related conferences, including Sigcomm and Infocom. She was General Co-Chair for the first ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems, Sensys 2003. She is also an Associate Editor for the new ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks.