Conference Presentations

Dr. Tatsuya Suda

Dr. Jennifer Hou

Dr. Nalini Venkatasubramanian

Dr. Mario Gerla

Molecular Communication
Dr. Tatsuya Suda, University of California, Irvine


Tatsuya Suda received the B.E., M.E., and Dr.E. degrees in applied mathematics and physics from Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, in 1977, 1979, and 1982, respectively.

From 1982 to 1984, he was with the Department of Computer Science, Columbia University, New York, as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. Since 1984, he has been with the Department of Information and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine, where he is currently a Professor. He has also served as a program director of the Networking Research Program at the National Science Foundation from Oct. '96 through Jan., '99. He received an IBM postdoctoral fellowship in 1983. He was the Conference Coordinator from 1989 to 1991, the Secretary and Treasurer from 1991 to 1993, the Vice Chairman from 1993 to 1995, and the Chairman from 1995 to 1997 of the IEEE Technical Committee on Computer Communications. He was also the director of the U.S. Society Relations of the IEEE Communications Society from 1997 to 1999. He is an editor of the IEEE/ACM Transaction on Networking, a senior technical consultant to the IEEE Transaction on Communications, a former Editor of the IEEE Transaction on Communications and is an Area Editor of the International Journal of Computer and Software Engineering. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Wiley and Sons. He was the Chair of the 8th IEEE Workshop on Computer Communications and the TPC co-chair of the IEEE Infocom 97. He was a visiting associate professor at the University of California, San Diego, a Hitachi Professor at the Osaka University and currently is a NTT Research Professor.

He has been engaged in research in the fields of computer communications and networks, high speed networks, multimedia systems, ubiquitous networks, distributed systems, object oriented communication systems, network applications, performance modeling and evaluation, and application of biological concepts to networks and network applications.

Dr. Suda is a fellow of IEEE and a member of ACM.


This presentation focuses on an entirely new area of nano scale communications. The presentation discusses how nano-scale biological entities (such as cells, bacteria) communicate and how the communication mechanisms that such entities use may be applied to enable soft nano machines (i.e., nano machines that are made of biological materials) to communicate. The presentation also discusses an emerging new idea of using moleculars (such as DNAs and proteins) as a communication medium between soft nano machines, not the radio wave nor the light wave that are used in the current communication systems.

Challenges in utlizing wireless technologies for independent and assisted living
Dr. Jennifer Hou, University of Illinois


Jennifer C. Hou received a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI in 1993. She is current a professor in the Department of Computer Science at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Prior to joining UIUC, she was an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin -- Madison in 1993-1996, and an assistant/associate professor at Ohio State University in 1996-2001. Hou has worked on several federally and industry funded projects in the areas of network modeling and simualtion, network measurement and diagnostics, and enabling software and wireless techniques for assisted living. She is the Technical Program Co-chair of 27th IEEE INFOCOM: Conference on Computer Communications 2008, First International Wireless Internet Conference 2005, ACM/IEEE Information Processing in Sensor Networks 2004, and IEEE Real-time Applicatoin and Technology Symposium 2000. She has also served on the editorial board of IEEE Trans. on Wireless Communications, IEEE Trans. on Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Wireless Communication Magazine, ACM/Kluwer Wireless Networks, ACM Trans. on Sensor Networks, and Foundations and Trends in Networking. Hou is a recipient of the Lumley Research Award from Ohio State University in 2001 and an NSF CAREER award in 1996. She is a senior member of IEEE and a member of ACM.


The aging of baby boomers has become a social and economical challenge. According to MIT's magazine TECHNOLOGY REVIEW, July/August 2003, ``In the United States alone, the number of people over age 65 is expected to hit 70 million by 2030, doubling from 35 million in 2000, and similar increases are expected worldwide''. Along with the increase of popularity of elderly people, the expenditures of the United States for health-care will grow projecting to rise to 15.9% of the GDP ($2.6 trillion) by 2010 (Digital 4Sight's Healthcare Industry Study). Unless the cost of senior care can be significantly reduced by technological means, it could bankrupt the already shaky social security and Medicare systems. Motivated by the need for senior care, technology companies such as ADT, General Electric, Honeywell, Intel and Philips Medical Systems, have seen see an opportunity to leverage the wireless technology for improving seniors' quality of life without taking away their independence. Now the question is --- how do we develop an assisted-living supportive software infrastructure that allows disparate technologies, software components, and wireless devices of different protocol families to work together in a low cost, dependable, and secure fashion with predictable properties? In this panel, I will present a set of challenges which we have to tackle in order to make the opportunity a reality.