From "We Can" To "We Should"

Just finished my cruise trip to Mexico with my gf and it was a fantastic experience, though I had to read around 100 papers and organize them for finding my potential research directions and wrote the journal.. I managed to do so before the start of new year and enjoyed the trip at the same time.. phew..

Anyway. After reading the papers about sensing and wireless at MobiCom, MobiSys, SenSys, NSDI, HotMobile from 2012 to 2015, I find the interesting phenomenon. We always claim that we can do this by using that. Taking "localization" as an example, it's been studied for years and people use all kinds of technologies (e.g., FM, Wi-Fi, RFID, sound, geomagnetic, visible light, 60GHz, etc.) to accomplish meter-level or cm-level or even mm-level accuracy. Of course, they are done by assuming various kinds of scenarios. And we show that we can do it. Most introductions would look like:  Continue reading From "We Can" To "We Should"

My MobiCom 15' Presentation

I'm busy lately - mostly focusing on my presentation at MobiCom 2015. It was my first time presenting my work as a CS PhD in such a big conference (well, in any conferences). I spent almost 3 weeks to prepare for the presentation and potential questions people might ask. The story can be very long, and I'm gonna be as brief as possible.  Continue reading My MobiCom 15' Presentation

Attending NSDI 15'

This has been my third conference event since I became a PhD student at SANDLab. NSDI 15' was between May 4 - 6, held in Oakland, CA. My friends were saying things like "do not go out at night" because of so many negative news about Oakland downtown. Well, I stuck to what they suggested and stayed in hotel at nights - not only because of the potential dangers but also due to homework due. Yep, skipping two classes and TA discussion is never fun and you have to do the work at night. 😛

NSDI is a conference that pays much attention in practical system designs. Most topics are in data centers, software-defined networks, and operational systems. Although there were wireless and physical layer sections, based on what I observed, most people were more interested in previous topics I mentioned. This year there are three best paper awards, which are by Matthew Grosvenor et al., Dan Ports et al., and Ben Pfaff et al. Here are some papers I think very interesting and I learn new things from. Continue reading Attending NSDI 15'