Mobile Computing: Challenges and Opportunities


July 18, 2011


Deborah Estrin and Victor Bahl


Microsoft Research, University of California Los Angeles


Arjmand Samuel chairs this session at Faculty Summit 2011, which includes the following presentations.

  • Putting the Cloud in the Palm of your Hand—Victor Bahl, Microsoft Research
  • Participatory mHealth – An Opportunity for Innovation in Healthcare, Wellness, and Research—Deborah Estrin, University of California, Los Angeles


Deborah Estrin and Victor Bahl

Victor Bahl is a principal researcher and founding manager of the Networking Research Group in Microsoft Research Redmond. He is responsible for shaping Microsoft’s long-term vision related to networking technologies through research and associated policy engagement with governments and institutions around the world. He directs research activities that push the state-of-art in the networking of devices and systems. He and his group build proof-of-concept systems, engage with academia, publish papers in prestigious conferences and journals, publish software for the research community, and work with product groups to influence Microsoft products.

His personal research interests span a variety of topics in mobile networking, wireless systems design, datacenter networking, and enterprise networking and management. He has built and deployed several seminal and highly cited networked systems, with a total of more than 9,500 citations; he has authored more than 110 peer-reviewed papers and 120 patent applications, 74 of which have issued; he has won best paper awards at SIGCOMM and CoNext and has delivered morethan two dozen keynote and plenary talks.

He is the founder and past chairperson of ACM SIGMOBILE, the founder and steering committee chair of the MobiSys; and the founder and past editor-in-chief of ACM Mobile Computing and Communications Review. He has served as the general chair of several IEEE and ACM conferences including SIGCOMM and MobiCom, and is serving on the steering committees of seven IEEE & ACM conferences and workshops, several of which he co-founded; he has been serving as the chair of ACM’s Outstanding Contributions Award committee related to mobility for more than 15 years. He has served on the board of more than half a dozen journals, on several NSF, NRC and FCC panels, and on more than six dozen program committees. Dr. Bahl received Digital’s Doctoral Engineering Fellowship Award in 1995 and SIGMOBILE’s Distinguished Service Award in 2001. In 2004, Microsoft nominated him for the innovator of the year award. He became an ACM Fellow in 2003 and an IEEE Fellow in 2008.

When not working, he loves to read, travel, eat in fine restaurants, watch competitive sports and action movies, and spend time drinking with friends and family.

Deborah Estrin is a Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at UCLA. She holds the Jon Postel Chair in Computer Networks, and is Founding Director of the National Science Foundation funded Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS). CENS’ mission is to explore and develop innovative, end-to-end, distributed sensing systems, across an array of scientifically and socially relevant applications, from ecosystems to human systems. Estrin is currently exploring Mobile Personal Sensing systems that leverage the location, acoustic, image, and attached-sensor data streams increasingly available globally from mobile phones; with particular emphasis on human and environmental health applications and on privacy-aware architectures. Estrin’s earlier research addressed Internet protocol design and scaling, in particular, inter-domain and multicast routing. She received her PhD in 1985 from MIT and her BS in 1980 from UC Berkeley, both in EECS. Estrin currently serves on the National Research Council’s Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) and was previously a member of the NSF National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Advisory board, the NSF CISE Advisory Committee, and DARPA-ISAT. Estrin was selected as the first ACM-W Athena Lecturer in 2006 and was awarded the Anita Borg Institute’s Women of Vision Award for Innovation in 2007. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007 and to the National Academy of Engineering in 2009. She is a fellow of the IEEE, ACM, and AAAS and was granted Doctor Honoris Causa from EPFL in 2008.