I am an Assistant Professor in CSEE at University of Maryland at Baltimore County (August 2012-) . I was an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science and Computer Engineering department at University of Arkansas, Fayetteville ( August 2009-August 2012). I direct the Mobile, Pervasive, and Sensor Systems lab at CSEE, University of Maryland, Baltimore County and I am a member of the Cybersecurity Center at UMBC. I am a 2011 NSF Career Awardee , a 2013 Microsoft Research Software Engineering Innovations (SEIF) Awardee and have received a set of other research grants from NSF , Microsoft Research , Unity Gaming , and Crop boards . I received the Outstanding Reseacher Award, 2011 from the College of Engineering. I graduated with a Ph.D. from the department of Computer Science at University of Massachusetts, Amherst under the supervision of Prof. Mark Corner in 2009, where I won the Yahoo! Outstanding Thesis award for 2008-09. I did my M.S. from University of Massachusetts, Amherst (received distinction in portfolio -- awarded to 1-2 Grads/year ). Before my Masters, I spend four years earning a Bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT Kgp), where I won the best undergraduate thesis award in 2004 . I have published in top CS conferences such as Mobisys, Mobicom, Ubicomp, CoNext, Pervasive, RTSS, BuildSys, and COMSNET , top CE conferences such as Sensors , and top journals such as Transactions on GIS, Journal of Nanotechnology in Engineering and Medicine, Applied Soft Computing, and Transactions on Networking.
Predictibility of Home Energy Consumption paper accepted to IEEE IGCC 2014, Minimizing Instrusiveness paper accepted to PMC, Elsevier 2014. Alexander Nelson wins an honorable mention for the NSF Graduate Fellowship. Jackson Schmandt (Ph.D. student, MPSS) wins the prestigious NSF SFS Fellowship . Rule Mining paper accepted to IEEE PerCom 2014, In-situ annotation paper in ACM BuildSys 2013 (short paper), Multisensor Gesture Recognition paper in IEEE Sensors 2013, Micro-harvester paper accepted to RTSS 2013. MapStack paper accepted to Transactions in GIS (top-tier GIS journal), Received a Microsoft Research Software Engineering Innovation Award, 2013, BuildSys Paper nominated for Best Paper Award, "Minimizing Intrusiveness" paper accepted to BuildSys 2012, Gave a talk on our Home Energy Management at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit (slides),Google Scholar Profile , "Concurrent Wi-Fi" paper accepted to CoNext 2011 , "Automating Green Home Energy Management" wins Best Paper Award! at HomeNets 2011. Spider poster accepted to Sigcomm . Green Home paper accepted to HomeNets . I received the Outstanding Researcher award from the College of Engineering this year! Uploaded videos on cool projects in the MPSS lab ( here ). My Ph.D. student David Lachut wins the uark Distinguished Academy Fellowship. e-nanoplast paper accepted to Journal of Nanotechnology in Engineering and Medicine, Mirage paper to appear in COMSNETS 2011, One paper accepted to Spie Conference on Nano- Bio- Info- Tech Sensors and Systems,Virtual Compass paper accepted to Pervasive 2010, Won the Yahoo! Outstanding Thesis Award for 2008-09! Our MPSS lab webpage goes online. Stay tuned for some super-cool research. Throwbox paper accepted to IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, DOME paper accepted to ACM HotPlanet 2009. Gave a talk at IPAM UCLA on my work at Intel Research, Berkeley. Finished a summer internship at Microsoft Research Redmond (had an amazing experience working with Sharad Agarwal, Ranveer Chandra, Alec Wolman, and Victor Bahl), Relays/Meshes/Base stations paper accepted to Mobicom 2008. Nominated for the IBM Research Fellowship, "Users and Batteries" paper accepted in Ubicomp 07 , Passed my Portfolio (PhD candidate exam) with distinction-- a honour given to 13 CS students since 1995., Nominated for Graduate School Fellowship , Will spend a summer at Intel Research, Berkeley and would work with Kevin Fall, Triage paper accepted in Mobisys 07, Throwbox paper accepted in Infocom 07, Llama poster in WMCSA 06, Turducken paper in Mobisys 05
NSF SCH Award (PI) ($650,000) [2014-2017] ( abstract )
UMBC SRAIS Award (with PI Ryan Robucci) ($20,000)[2014-2015]
Microsoft Research Software Engineering Innovations Award (SEIF) ($25,000) [2013-2015]
Grant from Corn and Sorghum board to study Crowdsourcing for Agricultural Applications Awarded 2012 (PI with Dharmendra Saraswat) (~$100,000) [2012-2015]
NSF I-Corps grant (PI) ($50,000) awarded ( abstract ) [2011-2012]
NSF CSR grant 2011 (for Green Homes) (PI) ($400,000 total) [2011-2015] ( abstract )
NSF CAREER Award 2011 (PI) (~$450,000) [2011-2016] ( abstract )
NSF CSR grant 2010 (for Emergency Mesh) (PI) (~$485,000)[2010-2014] ( abstract )
Unity Great Education Grand Prize (PI) (blog link here)
Supported through a hardware grant (mobile phones) from Microsoft Research (Hawaii initiative )
NSF MRI-2 grant (Senior Investigator) ($900,000) [2010-2013]( abstract )
Honor's College grant (PI) (~$2500) to study search paradigms on smartphones
New Hope for Paralysis Patients Live Interview at Microsoft Faculty Summit , Microsoft Research Blog , Project Mentioned in the "Next Big Things" of Microsoft EVP's keynote speech (from 46-49 minutes)
Article Mentions my CMSC 691 course (Systems for Smart Home Automation) , Microsoft Research Blog
10 Technologies changing farm machinery , Farm Industry News
2013 SEIF Awards Support Researchers in Software Engineering Microsoft Research Connection Blog
Where Objects Talk to Each Other Research Frontiers
An Emergency network for natural disasters Newswise (and several others)
USF research explores off-the-grid challenges San Franciso Business Times
Making Living Off-grid Easy, NPR interview
Bringing the Cloud to a Smartphone Near You , Microsoft Research Connections Blog .
|Research Projects (Highlights)|
Energy Management in off-grid, grid-tied, and grid-powered Homes (Supported by NSF#1308723, NSF#1305099, NSF#1158759)
Project webpage: [here]
User portal: [here]
Publications: [IGCC 2014] , [SOUPS 2014, extended abstract] , [PMC 2014] , [PerCom 2014], [BuildSys 2013], [BuildSys 2012 (Best Paper Nomination)], [Homenets 2011 (Best Paper Award) ], [CHI 2014, extended abstract]
Micro-harvesting driven Wearable Sensing for Paralysis Patients using Capacitive and Inertial Sensing (Supported by NSF#1308723, Microsoft Research SEIF award)
Project webpage: [here]
Publications: [RTSS 2013a)], [RTSS 2013b], [Sensors 2013], [CIMTEC-2012, Periodicals of Advances in Science and Technology 2013] , [JNEM 2011] , [SPIE 2011]
Self Sustainable Solar Powered Emergency Mesh Design (Supported by NSF#1314024)
Project webpage: [here]
Publications: [Transactions in GIS, 2013] , [ACM WinTECH 2012] , [CoNext 2011] , [SigComm 2011] , [COMSNET 2011] , [ASOC 2011] , [IEEE/ACM ToN 2010] , [Mobicom 2008], [Infocom 2007]
In-vehicle Sensing, Analytics and Security, Accessibility for Wheelchair users, and Crowdsourcing for Agriculture (Supported by Corn and Sorgum Board)
Project webpage: here Project webpage: [here]
Publications: [ASABE Conference, 2013]
Hierarchical Sensing and Processing on Smartphones and Sensors for Fall prevention and Diagnostic Applications (Not Supported)
Project webpage: [here]
Publications: [Pervasive 2010 (Best Paper Nomination) ], [Mobisys 2007] [Mobisys 2005]
Journals : Co-editor of the Education Section of MC2R
2015 : COMSNET 2015
2012 : MSN 2012 , ACM HomSys 2012 (In conjunction with Ubicomp 2012) , WiNTECH 2012 (Program committee and Poster/Demo chair) , ACM MCS (Program Committee) , ACM HotPlanet 2012 (Program committee) , MobiOpp 2012 (Program Committee) , ICCCN 2012 , WoWMoM 2012
2011 : IEEE ICPADS 2011 (Program Committee , ACM MobiArch 2011 (Program Committee) , ACM Mobicom 2011 (Program Committee) , IEEE WoWMom 2011 (Program Committee) , IEEE ICCCN 2011 (Program committee) , The 7th International Conference on Mobile-adhoc and Sensor Networking Conference (MSN 2011, Program committee)
2010 : MobiHoc 2010 (Program Committee), MobiHoc/MobiCom 2010 Student Travel Grant Committee , CHANTS 2010 (Program Committee) , ACM MobiHeld 2010 (held in conjunction with Sigcomm 2010), Poster/Demo Chair (MobiHeld 2010) , IEEE WoWMom 2010 (Program Committee), ACM MobiOpp 2010 (Program Committee), IEEE ICCC-WNET 2010 (Program Committee), VTC-Spring 2010.
2009 and earlier: HotPlanet 2009 (Program Committee), ACM MobiHoc S3 Workshop (Program Committee), WON08, WON07 (Program Commitee), HotMobile 2009 (Publicity Chair)
Reviewer for several journals: IEEE ToN, COMNET, ASOC, IEEE Trans. on Vehicular Networks, PMC
Spring 2013 (Introduction to Mobile Computing, Grade and Undergrad elective, webpage ) [25 students]: Teaching Effectiveness: 4.64
Spring 2013 (Systems for Smart Home Automation [Supported by Microsoft Research], webpage )[20 students]: Teaching Effectivess: 4.57
Fall 2013 (Data Structures, Undergrad Core, webpage )
Student Ratings [40 students] : Teaching Effectiveness: 4.41.
Spring 2013 (Introduction to Mobile Computing, Grad and Undergrad elective), webpage )[Supported by Microsoft Research],
Student Ratings [weighted average of the two sections, 30 students]: Teaching Effectiveness: 4.54
Fall 2009 (Hot Topics of Mobile and Pervasive Computing, Grad elective)
Overall Student Ratings (Mean of Medians): 4.4/5 [Ratings: here ]
Courses at University of Maryland (Baltimore County) [Average ratings: 4.4/5 ]
Courses at University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) [Average ratings (mean of medians: 4.6/5 )]
I am broadly interested in embedded and distributed systems research for mobile computing. My research touches various areas including energy management in mobile and sensor systems [Triage:MobiSys07, Turducken:Mobisys05] , mobile networking [Hybrid Networks:Mobicom08], disruption/delay tolerant networking [Throwbox:Infocom07, ToN10], and healthcare [e-nanoflex: JNEM 2011, SPIE 2011]. I am also interested in mobile system usability [Llama:Ubicomp07], mobile social systems [Virtual Compass: Pervasive 2010], mobile testbed construction [DOME:HotPlanet09], and understanding structure of networks using random graph theory. A list of research projects I am working on can be found on our lab webpage .
D. Lachut, N. Banerjee, S. Rollins Predictibility of Home Energy Use IEEE 5th International Conference on Green Computing (IGCC 2014)
S. Rollins, N. Banerjee, L. Choudhury, D. Lachut A System for Collecting Activity Annotations for Home Energy Management, Pervasive and Mobile Computing, Elsevier , 2014. [IF: 1.62]
G. Irwin, N. Banerjee, A. Hurst, S. Rollins Understanding Context Governing Energy Consumption in Homes ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2014)
S. Rollins, N. Banerjee Using Rule Mining to Understand Appliance Energy Consumption Patterns IEEE PerCom 2014.
Alexander Nelson, Jackson Schmandt, William Wilkins, James Parkerson and Nilanjan Banerjee, System Support for Micro-Harvester powered Mobile Sensing 34th IEEE Real Time Symposium 2013
W. Johnston, N. Banerjee, J. Cothren, J. P. Parkerson, Information-rich GIS Dissemination in Disconnected Environments, Transactions in GIS (top-tier GIS journal), 2013
D. Lachut, L. Choudhury, K. Moran, S. Piel, Y. Xiong, N. Banerjee, S. Rollins Minimizing Intrusiveness in Home Energy Measurement, ACM BuildSys 2012, (Nominated for Best Paper )
H. Soroush, P.Gilbert, N. Banerjee, B. N. Levine, M. D. Corner, Landon Cox Concurrent Wi-Fi for Mobile Users: Analysis and Measurements, ACM CoNext 2011
N. Banerjee, S. Rollins, K. Moran Automating Energy Management in Green Homes , ACM Sigcomm workshop on Home Networks (HomeNets) 2011, Best Paper Award
V. K. Varadan, P. S. Kumar, S. Oh, H. Kwon, P. Rai, N. Banerjee, R. E. Harbaugh e-Nanoflex Sensor System: Smartphone-based Roaming Health Monitor , Journal of Nanotechnology in Engineering and Medicine, 2011
N. Banerjee, S. Agarwal, R. Chandra, A. Wolman, V. Bahl, M. D. Corner Virtual Compass: Relative Positioning To Sense Mobile Social Interactions In Proceedings of Pervasive 2010 ( Nominated for Best Paper Award )
N. Banerjee, M. D. Corner and B. N. Levine, An Energy-Efficient Architecture for DTN Throwboxes , IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking (April, 2010)
H. Soroush, N. Banerjee, A. Balasubramanian, M. D. Corner, B. N. Levine, B. Lynn Dome: A Diverse Outdoor Mobile Testbed, In Proceedings of ACM HotPlanet 2009 (held in conjunction with MobiSys 09), longer version available as Technical Report UM-CS-2009-23, UMass-Amherst, 2009.
N. Banerjee, M. D. Corner, D. Towsley and B. Levine, Relays, Meshes, Base Stations: Enhancing Mobile Networks with Infrastructure , In Proceedings of ACM Mobicom, San Francisco, CA, USA, September 2008
N. Banerjee, A. Rahmati, M. D. Corner, S. Rollins and L. Zhong Users and Batteries : Interactions and Adaptive Energy Management in mobile systems , In Proceedings of Ubicomp 2007, Innsbruck, Austria, September 2007
N. Banerjee, J. Sorber, M. D. Corner, S. Rollins and D. Ganesan, Triage : Balancing Energy Consumption and Quality of Service in a Microserver , In Proceedings of 5th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications and Services (Mobisys 2007), Puerto Rico, June 2007.
N. Banerjee, M. D. Corner and B. N. Levine, An Energy-Efficient Architecture for DTN Throwboxes , In Proceedings of INFOCOM 2007, Anchorage Alaska. , May 2007
J. Sorber, N. Banerjee, M. D. Corner and S. Rollins. Turducken : Hierarchical Power Management for Mobile Devices , In Proceedings of 3rd International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications and Services (Mobisys 2005), Seattle.
Denitsa Tilkidjieva, Nilanjan Banerjee, Maria Kazandjieva, Sami Rollins, Mark D. Corner. LLAMA : An Adaptive Strategy for Performing Background Tasks on Mobile Devices (Poster) , In 7th IEEE Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications (WMCSA/Hotmobile 2006), Also as Technical Report 06-44, UMass Amherst. .
R. Kumar and N. Banerjee Running Time Analysis of a Multiobjective Evolutionary Algorithm on the 0-1 knapsack Problem , Theoretical Computer Science, 358 (1), 104 - 120, July 2006, Elsevier
A. Sarkar, A. Banerjee, N. Banerjee, S. Brahma, B. Kartekeyan and K. L. Majumdar. Landcover Classification in the MRF Context Using Dempster-Shafer Fusion for Multisensor Imagery , IEEE Transactions on Image Processing. vol 14, No. 5, May 2005.
I am involved in number of sports activities. I play a lot of tennis, table tennis, field hockey, and cricket. I am also involved in dramatics, elocuting and debating. I am trying out my luck at photography and visiting places. I will put up some of my (not so great) pics soon.
Email : nilanb AT umbc.edu
Phone : 410-455-1437