Klara Nahrstedt

Prof. Klara Nahrstedt, Ph.D.

Visiting department: Electrical Engineering (Prof. Ralf Steinmetz KOM Group)

Home department at UIUC: Computer Science

TU Darmstadt Visiting Time: July – August 2014 and June – August 2013

Teaching and Research Area: Distributed Multimedia and Mobile Systems

Most important academic stations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

Teaching offer in summer semester 2014: “Mobile Phone-based Participatory Sensing and Its Analysis in Mobile Communities

Update: Prof. Nahrstedt has been awarded membership of the Leopoldina in March 2014

Personal Homepage: Prof. Nahrstedt's personal homepage

1. Why should students of TU Darmstadt attend your lectures and/or seminars?

Mobile computing is now everywhere, and the vision of “information is at your fingertips anywhere, anytime” is here. Through various innovations in wireless technology, energy-efficient hardware and adaptive software, mobile smartphones are now ubiquitous, sensing large amount of information, and being basis for many mobile apps. This amount of sensory information is exciting, but also presents major scientific and engineering problems, including analytics, adaptation and privacy of the sensory information. The students will learn about these problems as well different methodologies/approaches to solve these problems through my lectures, paper reviews and seminar discussions of papers from the reading list incorporating related work from leading conferences.

2. Why did you choose TU Darmstadt for your KIVA Visiting Professorship?

My KIVA Vististing Professorship originates from an existing research collaboration with Prof. Ralf Steinmetz.

3. At TU Darmstadt and especially in the context of KIVA interdisciplinarity has a high importance. Which are the connections between your area of teaching and research to other thematic fields and disciplines?

Mobile computing is a very interdisciplinary area since it is a field at the intersection of electrical engineering, computer science, social science, behavioral science, and other fields, depending on where the mobile devices are being used (e.g., usage of mobile technologies in health-care, entertainment, business processes).

4. What is your perfect balance to a stressful working day?

A light historical novel, or an episode of “Big Bang Theory” will give me the balance to a stressful working day.