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Distinguished Lecture: Tarek Abdelzaher, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Distinguished Lecture: Tarek Abdelzaher, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

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ETB 235

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Fei Chiang, Peter Robinson

Overview

Deep Learning for IoT Systems

The Internet of Things (IoT) heralds the emergence of multitudes of computing-enabled networked everyday devices with sensing capabilities in homes, cars, workplaces, and on our persons, leading to ubiquitous smarter environments and smarter cyber-physical “things”. The next natural step in this computing evolution is to develop the infrastructure needed for these computational things to collectively learn. Advances in deep learning offer remarkable results but require significant computing resources. The talk discusses advances in deep learning geared to empower the emerging world of embedded IoT devices. These advances tackle challenges such as resource-efficiency (to fit neural networks on small mobile devices), foundations of quality assurances, and cost of labeling. Recent solutions demonstrate the feasibility of building IoT applications that are powered by effective, efficient, and reliable deep learning models. Evaluation results and experiences presented offer encouraging evidence of viability of deep learning for IoT.

Bio: Tarek Abdelzaher received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, in 1990 and 1994 respectively. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1999 on Quality of Service Adaptation in Real-Time Systems. He has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia, where he founded the Software Predictability Group. He is currently a Professor and Willett Faculty Scholar at the Department of Computer Science, the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He has authored/coauthored more than 200 refereed publications in real-time computing, distributed systems, sensor networks, and control. He is an Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Real-Time Systems, and has served as Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Embedded Systems Letters, the ACM Transaction on Sensor Networks, and the Ad Hoc Networks Journal. He chaired (as Program or General Chair) several conferences in his area including RTAS, RTSS, IPSN, Sensys, DCoSS, ICDCS, and ICAC. Abdelzaher’s research interests lie broadly in understanding and influencing performance and temporal properties of networked embedded, social and software systems in the face of increasing complexity, distribution, and degree of interaction with an external physical environment. Tarek Abdelzaher is a recipient of the IEEE Outstanding Technical Achievement and Leadership Award in Real-time Systems (2012), the Xerox Award for Faculty Research (2011), as well as several best paper awards. He is a member of IEEE and ACM.