GENERAL INFORMATION - Invited speakers


Hagit ATTIYA is a professor at the department of Computer Science at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. Her research interests are distributed and parallel computation. She received her PhD from the Hebrew University in 1987, and joined the Technion in 1990, after two years as a post-doctoral research associate at the Laboratory for Computer Science at MIT.


Title: Adapting to Point Contention with Long-Lived Safe Agreement
Abstract: Algorithms with step complexity that depends only on the point contention---the number of simultaneously active processes---are very attractive for distributed systems with varying degree of concurrency. The design of shared-memory algorithms that are adaptive to point contention, using only read and write operations, is a challenging task.
We specify the long-lived safe agreement object, extending an object of Borowsky et al., and present an implementation whose step complexity is adaptive to point contention. Then, we describe how this object is used to solve other problems, like renaming and information collection, in an adaptive manner.


Danny KRIZANC is a professor at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the Wesleyan University. He received his BSc from University of Toronto in 1983 and his PhD from Harvard University in 1988, both degrees in Computer Science. He held positions at the Centruum voor Wiskunde en Informatica, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York and Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada before coming to Wesleyan University in 1999. His research focus is the design and analysis of algorithms, especially as applied to distributed computing and networking.

Title: Mobile Agent Rendezvous: A Survey
Abstract: Recent results on the problem of mobile agent rendezvous on distributed networks are surveyed with an emphasis on outlining the various approaches taken by researchers in the theoretical computer science community.


Roger WATTENHOFER is a professor at the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, ETH Zürich, Switzerland. He received his doctorate in Computer Science in 1998 from ETH Zurich, Switzerland. From 1999 to 2001 he was in the USA, first at Brown University in Providence, RI, then at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA. In 2002 he returned to ETH, first as an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department, since July 2004 as an associate professor at the Information Technology and Electrical Engineering Department. Roger Wattenhofer's research interests include a variety of algorithmic and systems aspects in networking and distributed computing; in particular, peer-to-peer computing, ad hoc and sensor networking.

Title: Sensor Networks: Distributed Algorithms Reloaded -- or Revolutions?
Abstract: Sensor networks are an exciting new research area bringing together researchers with different backgrounds, from networking to distributed systems, from embedded systems to simulation, from graph theory to computational geometry, from operating systems to databases. In this talk I want to motivate the distributed algorithms community to join the big interdisciplinary party. I will present a few examples of my recent research. Using these examples I will reason why sensor networks are distributed algorithms, and why they are not!

GENERAL INFORMATION - Invited speakers