Lara B. Deek

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I am a Postdoctoral Associate in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC). I work with Professor Romit Roy Choudhury, and I joined the SyNRG lab in September 2014. I received my PhD from the Department of Computer Science at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) in August 2014. I was a member of the NMSL/MOMENT lab, co-advised by Professors Kevin Almeroth and Elizabeth Belding. I received my undergraduate degree in Computer and Communications Engineering in 2008 from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

My research interests involved designing resource-efficient solutions and protocols, with a sound theoretical foundation, to address the challenges that arise in developing modern wireless systems. In my PhD dissertation, I developed and prototyped protocols at multiple layers of the networking stack: from enabling multifold increases in capacity in wireless physical links (through dynamic access of white space spectrum and simultaneous use of coexisting wireless technologies), to developing medium access techniques to exploit high speed links (such as for next-generation 802.11 smart antenna technology and wider channel widths), to making applications more bandwidth efficient through data analysis and data-driven approaches. My latest research also focused on developing novel applications for emerging technology, such as using sensor data to perform diverse and accurate body and motion analytics, with implications on health.

I am a recipient of the UCSB CS Department's 2013 Outstanding Graduate Student Award. I also had the honor of being featured on the UCSB Graduate Student Spotlight.

I have been awarded the UCSB Certificate in College and University Teaching (CCUT), which appears in my PhD degree. Refer to my teaching page for further details.

I was the Blog and Social Media Co-Chair for MobiCom 2014. You can follow my Blog Site here.