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 in a heterogeneous network 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. Additionally, one can now envision such devices engaging in energy cooperation by powering one another to improve overall network performance. The goal of this talk is to furnish the audience with fundamental design principles of energy harvesting and energy cooperating wireless communication networks which is an emerging research area.
Aylin Yener is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA, since 2010, where she joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2002. Since 2017, she is a Dean’s Fellow in the College of Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. From 2016-2018, she was a Visiting Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA. From 2008 to 2009, she was a Visiting Associate Professor with the same department. Her research interests include information theory, communication theory, and network science, with recent emphasis on green communications and information security. She received the NSF CAREER award in 2003, the Best Paper Award in Communication Theory in the IEEE International Conference on Communications in 2010, the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society (PSEAS) Outstanding Research Award in 2010, the IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award in 2014, the PSEAS Premier Research Award in 2014, and the Leonard A. Doggett Award for Outstanding Writing in Electrical Engineering at Penn State in 2014. She is a distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Communications Society (2018-2020) and the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (2017-2019). She is a fellow of the IEEE.
Dr. Yener is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society (2015-2020), where she was previously the treasurer (2012-2014). 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 co-organizing the school in 2008, 2009, and 2010. She was a technical (co)-chair for various symposia/tracks at the IEEE ICC, PIMRC, VTC, WCNC, and Asilomar (2005-2014). She served as an editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON COMMUNICATIONS (2009 – 2012), an editor and an editorial advisory board member for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS (2001-2012), and a guest editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INFORMATION FORENSICS AND SECURITY (2011) and the IEEE JOURNAL ON SELECTED AREAS IN COMMUNICATIONS (2015). Currently, she serves on the editorial board of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON MOBILE COMPUTING and as a senior editor for the IEEE JOURNAL ON SELECTED AREAS ON COMMUNICATIONS.