Department of Information Technology

Laura Marie Feeney

doctoral student at Department of Information Technology, Division of Computer Systems

Mobile phone:
+46 70 2465663
Visiting address:
Room Å 72115 Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1
Postal address:
Box 534
751 21 UPPSALA

Short presentation

Laura Marie Feeney is currently a doctoral research in the Communication Research Lab in the Division of Computer Systems, under the supervision of Professor Per Gunningberg.

Her research interests are generally in networking and systems, with broad experience in industry, R&D, academic, and startup environments.  Much of her current work is directed toward battery-efficient communication, performance evaluation, and practical network operations in the internet-of-things.

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Laura Marie Feeney is a PhD reseearcher in the Communication Research Group at Uppsala University.  From 1999-2015, she was a visiting researcher and researcher in the Computer and Network Architectures Lab (now part of the Decisions, Netowrks, and Analytics Lab) at SICS.  At SICS, she was a leader in the study of decentralized wireless networks, particularly ad hoc and sensor networks, specializing mainly in energy efficient and battery aware communication technqiues.  Although much of her work is based on developing novel measurement techniques, she is also active in the OMNeT++ simulation community.

Before coming to Sweden, Laura participated in the development of the real time Mach microkernel at the OSF Research Institute in Cambridge, MA and in the development of SIMNET and the Defense Simulation Internet at BBN in Cambridge, MA.  She has also worked at several startups, most notably the computer game developer Looking Glass Studios.  She was a mathematics and computer science undergraduate at MIT.

Laura has co-authored 20 refereed papers in journals and international conferences.  She has given two keynote presentations and participated on the organizing committee for numerous conferences, including ACM MSWiM, IFIP Networking, and the OMNeT++ Workshop.  She has been a visitor at the Santa Fe Institute Complex Systems Summer School, University of Rome La Sapienza, and Technical University Berlin.



Most of my current research is directed toward decentralized wireless networks such as ad hoc, opportunistic, and sensor networks.  

In these networks, many devices are battery dependent and must be able to operate for long periods without human intervention.  Much of my recent research is directed toward understanding how the device interacts with the battery: How accurately can a device with limited on-board resources estimate its state-of-charge in an unpredictable environment?  How can protocols and applications adapt their behavior to use the battery's available capacity in the most efficient way? 

The range of potential applications based on networks of small, easily deployed wireless devices is truly enormous.  Unfortunately, the available specturm is limted, particularly in unlicensed bands.  As a result, the operating environment for these application will be characterized by the presence of many diverse networks that are deployed independently of each other, resulting in uncoordinated networks with overlapping wireless coverage operating in the same space.  Much of my recent research is directed toward the study of inter-network interactions:  I have shown that a number of well-known protocols perform unexpectedly poorly in the presence of inter-network interference.  What are the implications of these results for protocol design, network architectures, commerical development, and regulatory issues?


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