Ph.D student Michael Todd Gardner and SCE faculty Dr. Cory Beard were awarded the “CQR Best Paper Award” at the International Communications Quality and Reliability (IEEE CQR) Workshop for their research paper, Evaluating Geographic Vulnerabilities in Networks. It was one of three papers chosen for this honor at the May 10-12, 2011 workshop held in Naples, Florida. The paper described their research into understanding geographic vulnerabilities in networks where events like floods, hurricanes, etc. can cause disruptions for network devices in a geographic area of impact. If particular combinations of network devices fail, entire parts of a network can become disconnected. In describing the aim of the research, Ph.D. student Mr. Gardner says, “the overall goal is to develop resilient networks for applications like emergency response in disasters and mission critical applications like air traffic control and military uses”.
The student/faculty team is continuing its work in collaboration with SCE Professor of Computer Science Dr. Deep Medhi, on a recent paper, Avoiding High Impacts of Geospatial Events in Mission Critical and Emergency Networks using Linear and Swarm Optimization, presented at the 2012 IEEE Second International Multi-Disciplinary Conference on Cognitive Methods in Situation Awareness and Decision Support (CogSIMA). The work extends the research described in the first paper by investigating optimization based approaches and methods to add new nodes to networks to reduce the vulnerability of networks to geographic events.
Gardner, M.T.; Beard, C.; , “Evaluating Geographic Vulnerabilities in Networks,” Communications Quality and Reliability (CQR), 2011 IEEE International Workshop Technical Committee on , vol., no., pp.1-6, 10-12 May 2011.
M. T. Gardner, C. Beard, D. Medhi; , “Avoiding High Impacts of Geospatial Events in Mission Critical and Emergency Networks using Linear and Swarm Optimization”, Cognitive Methods in Situation Awareness and Decision Support (CogSIMA), 2012 IEEE Second International Multi-Disciplinary Conference on , 6-8 Mar. 2012