Columbia University

LinkedinIconRobert Margolies

Ph.D. Student

Electrical Engineering Columbia University Office: 815 CEPSR  Email: robm[at]ee.columbia.edu

Robert Margolies is a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering at Columbia University  studying under the advising of Professor Gil Zussman in the wim.net research group. He received the B.S. degree (Summa Cum Laude) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2010 and the M.S. degree from Columbia University in 2011, both in Electrical Engineering. His research interests are in cross-layer PHY and MAC layer design for ultra-low-power networks, networks of energy harvesting nodes, and opportunistic cellular scheduling. Robert has received a number of awards including the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, SMART Scholarship (declined), Egleston Doctoral Fellowship, ACM SenSys’11 Best Student Demo Award, and the Columbia University Electrical Engineering Master’s Award of Excellence.

For more information regarding, please be directed to Robert’s resume.

News

2014

[6/16/2014]: I presented an outline of my thesis at the MobiSys 2014 Ph.D. Forum in Bretton Woods, NH. [download abstract] [youtube]

 

[6/4/2014]: My paper titled, “Performance Evaluation of Fragmented Structures: A Theoretical Study” was accepted to IFIP Performance 2014 (~27% acceptance rate) conference to be held in Turin, Italy this Fall! Additionally, this work will be presented via a poster at the Analysis of Algorithms 2014 (AofA’14) conference to be held in Paris, France.

[5/3/2014]: I presented my paper, “Exploiting Mobility in Proportional Fair Cellular Scheduling” at the IEEE INFOCOM’14 conference in Toronto, ON. [youtube]

[4/25/2014]: I successfully defended by Ph.D. Thesis Proposal and completed the requirements for a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) degree. My proposal committee consisted of Professors Gil Zussman, Dan Rubenstein, and Debasis Mitra.

[4/23/2014]: Along with M.S. student Earvin Caceres, I presented the EnHANTs demonstration in the NYC Media Lab Mobile Futures event in the Razorfish headquarters in Times Square, New York.  [news item]

[4/22/2014]: An extended abstract of my dissertation research was accepted to, and will be presented at, the ACM MobiSys’14 PhD Forum to be held on June 16th, 2014 in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. In addition, I was selected for the MobiSys’14 travel grant which will fund my registration and travel to the conference. [paper pdf]

[4/11/2014]: In conjunction with Earvin Caceres, Richard Chiou, and Benjamin Zhou, we presented the EnHANTs demonstration as part of the seminar on Connected, Autonomously Powered Systems at Columbia University. [news item]

[2/5/2014]: I received a student travel grant to attend IEEE INFOCOM 2014 in Toronto this April.

2013

[12/5/2013]: Together with M.S. student Earvin Caceres, we presented an overview of the EnHANTs project to 13 high school students from the local Harlem community through the Harlem Educational Activities Fund’s (HEAF) College Quest Program.

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[11/26/2013]: My paper, titled “Exploiting Mobility in Proportional Fair Cellular Scheduling: Measurements and Algorithms” was accepted to IEEE INFOCOM 2014 in Toronto (19% acceptance rate)! This work stems from a project completed during my internship and followup collaboration with AT&T Research Labs in New Jersey.

[10/9/2013]: I was nominated by the Department of Electrical Engineering at Columbia for the Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship. This fellowship is incredibly competitive and would fund my education for two years as well as provide a paid internship.

[9/1/2013]: I organized and participated in a poster and demonstration session showcasing the EnHANTs student projects from Summer 2013. Over 100 incoming M.S. students attended.

[4/24/2013]: I was accepted to and will attend the First Internation School on Green Communications and Networking (GreenComNet) this summer on May 28-31 in Boston, Massachusetts.

[4/19/2013]: Following INFOCOM’13, I presented at CTTC in Barcelona work on the design and experimental evaluation of an Energy Harvesting Active Networked Tags testbed, and the design and experimental evaluation of a proportional fair scheduling framework in cellular networks. [news item]

[4/17/2013]: At the INFOCOM’13 demo session, along with Maria Gorlatova and Gil Zussman, we presented an EnHANTs testbed demonstartion. [Paper PDF] [Poster PDF] [news item]

[2/15/2013]: At this year’s INFOCOM’13 conference in Turin, Italy, my paper on the EnHANTs testbed was accepted to the mini-conference. Additionally, the EnHANTs demo will appear in the INFOCOM’13 demo session. [Paper PDF]

2012

[6/04/2012]: This summer, I will be interning at AT&T Labs Research in Florham Park, NJ under the guidance of Vaneet AggarwalRittwik JanaN. K. Shankaranarayanan, and Vinay Vaishampayan.

[5/11/2012]: I received an “EE MS Award of Excellence” which recognizes outstanding academic achievement while persuing a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering at Columbia University. [news item]

[3/03/2012]: Together with the EnHANTs team, I presented the prototype demo at the Science Expo at The School At Columbia University, targeting Kindergarten to Grade 8 students, and their parents. [news item] [1/17/2012]: For the Spring 2012 semester, I will serve as an instructor for CSEE 4140 – Networking Laboratory.

2011

Education

Columbia University, 2010 – Present

  • Department of Electrical Engineering
  • Degree: Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
  • Degree: M.Phil. May 2014.
  • Degree: M.S. Electrical Engineering. Oct. 2011, Final GPA: 3.92

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 2007 – 2010

  • Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering (ECSE)
  • Degree: B.S. Electrical Engineering, Minor in Management Technology Awarded
  • Concentration: Communications and Information Processing, Computer Networks
  • Final GPA: 4.0 | Summa Cum Laude | 3 years

Honors and Awards

  • Columbia Electrical Engineering Master of Science Award of Excellence (2012)
  • Best Student Demo Award, ACM SenSys 2011
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellow (2011)
  • Columbia University Egleston Doctoral Fellow (2011)
  • DoD Smart Scholarship Recipient (declined, 2011)
  • RPI Palmer C. Rickets Prize for Outstanding Acdemic Success in Electrical Engineering (2010)
  • RPI Class of 2010 Academic Achievement Award (2010)
  • RPI Honors Convocation 4.0 Award (2010)

Publications

Conference Proceedings

[1]
R. Margolies, A. Sridharan, V. Aggarwal, R. Jana, N. K. Shankaranarayanan, V. Vaishampayan, and G. Zussman, “Exploiting mobility in proportional fair cellular scheduling: Measurements and algorithms,” in Proc. IEEE INFOCOM’14, 2014.

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E. Coffman, R. Margolies, P. Winkler, and G. Zussman, “Performance evaluation of fragmented structures: A theoretical study,” in Proc. IFIP Performance 2014 (to appear), 2014.

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M. Gorlatova, R. Margolies, J. Sarik, G. Stanje, J. Zhu, B. Vigraham, M. Szczodrak, L. Carloni, P. Kinget, I. Kymissis, and G. Zussman, “Prototyping energy harvesting active networked tags (EnHANTs),” in Proc. IEEE INFOCOM’13 mini-conference, 2013.

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Conference Extended Abstracts, Demonstrations, and Posters

[1]
R. Margolies, “The Internet of Tags: Energy-harvesting adaptive algorithms,” in Proc. ACM MobiSys’14 Ph.D. Forum, 2014.

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E. Coffman, R. Margolies, P. Winkler, and G. Zussman, “Fragmented random structures,” presented at the Analysis of Algorithms 2014 (AofA’14) Poster Session, 2014.

[download] [poster]

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R. Margolies, L. Pena, K. Kim, Y. Kim, M. Wang, M. Gorlatova, J. Sarik, J. Zhu, P. Kinget, I. Kymissis, and G. Zussman, “An adaptive testbed of energy harvesting active networked tags (EnHANTs) prototypes,” in Demo description in Proc. IEEE INFOCOM’13, 2013.

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J. Sarik, L. Pena, M. Wang, K. Kim, H. Wang, F. Duque, G. Burrow, R. Margolies, M. Gorlatova, B. Vigraham, P. Kinget, I. Kymissis, and G. Zussman, “Demo: Energy Harvesting Active Network Tag (EnHANT) Prototypes and Prototype Testbed.” IDTechEx Energy Harvesting and Storage USA’12, Washington, DC,, Nov-2012.

(invited demonstration) [news item]

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G. Stanje, P. Miller, J. Zhu, A. Smith, O. Winn, R. Margolies, M. Gorlatova, J. Sarik, M. Szczodrak, B. Vigraham, L. Carloni, P. Kinget, I. Kymissis, and G. Zussman, “Demo: Organic solar cell-equipped energy harvesting active networked tag (EnHANT) prototypes,” in Proc. ACM SenSys’11, 2011.

[download] Best Student Demo Award

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J. Zhu, G. Stanje, R. Margolies, M. Gorlatova, J. Sarik, Z. Noorbhaiwala, P. Miller, M. Szczodrak, B. Vigraham, L. Carloni, P. Kinget, I. Kymissis, and G. Zussman, “Demo: Prototyping UWB-enabled EnHANTs,” in Proc. ACM MobiSys’11, 2011.

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Journal Publications

  1. R. Margolies, A. Sridharan, V. Aggarwal, R. Jana, N. K. Shankaranarayanan, V. Vaishampayan, G. Zussman. “Exploiting Mobility in Proportional Fair Cellular Scheduling: Measurements and Algorithms”, submitted to ACM/IEEE Transactions on Networking.
  2. M. Gorlatova, J. Sarik, R. Margolies, P. Kinget, I. Kymissis, and G. Zussman, “Project-based learning within a large-scale interdisciplinary research effort,” submitted to Education Research International Journal.
  3. R. Margolies, M. Gorlatova, J. Sarik, G. Stanje, J. Zhu, B. Vigraham, M. Szczodrak, L. Carloni, P. Kinget, I. Kymissis, G. Zussman, “Energy Harvesting Active Networked Tags (EnHANTs): Prototyping and Experimentation”, submitted to IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Communications: Wireless Communications Powered by Energy Harvesting.

Technical Reports

[1]
R. Margolies, A. Sridharan, V. Aggarwal, R. Jana, N. K. Shankaranarayanan, V. Vaishampayan, and G. Zussman, “Exploiting mobility in proportional fair cellular scheduling: Measurements and algorithms,” Columbia University, Electrical Engineering, Tech. report 2013-07-28, Jul. 2013.

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M. Gorlatova, R. Margolies, J. Sarik, G. Stanje, J. Zhu, B. Vigraham, M. Szczodrak, L. Carloni, P. Kinget, I. Kymissis, and G. Zussman, “Energy harvesting active networked tags (EnHANTs): Prototyping and experimentation,” Columbia University, Electrical Engineering, Tech. report 2012-07-27, Jul. 2012.

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Patents

[1]
A. Sridharan, V. Aggarwal, R. Jana, H. Karloff, N. K. Shankaranarayanan, V. Vaishampayan, R. Margolies, and G. Zussman, “Method, Computer-readable Storage Device, and Apparatus for Allocating Timeslots on Channels in a Wireless Network, US Patent Pending.” Dec-2013.

Teaching

Instructor

Teaching Assistant

  • CSEE W4119 – Computer Networking (Columbia University, Summer 2012)
  • CSEE W4119 – Computer Networking (Columbia University, Fall 2011)
  • ENGR 2350 – Laboratory Introduction to Embedded Control (RPI, Fall 2009)

Courses

  • Introduction to Stochastics, Fall 2010
  • Deterministic Models, Fall 2010
  • Analysis of Algorithms, Fall 2010
  • Computer Communication Networks, Spring 2011
  • Network Optimization, Spring 2011
  • Modern Analysis, Spring 2011
  • Stochastic Modeling I, Fall 2011
  • Deterministic Scheduling Models, Fall 2011
  • Wireless and Mobile Networking, Fall 2011
  • Information Theory, Spring 2013
  • Approximation Algorithms, Spring 2013