Fulbright Talk with Iva Bojic: Self-synchronization inspired by fireflies: When nature meets the Borg

The Shidler College of Business and the Hawaii Urban Innovation Lab would like to invite every interested person to a Fulbright Talk with Iva Bojic about “Self-synchronization inspired by fireflies: When nature meets the Borg”. The lecture will be held on June 24, 2015 2-3:30pm at the Shidler College of Business, Faculty Lounge, D207. Please register at http://goo.gl/GJGd4q.

About the talk

In distributed systems, very important information is that concerning physical time. Namely, due to the lack of global time and imperfections (e.g. skew) of physical clocks, in order to agree on common time, distributed nodes have to synchronize themselves. Although there are many algorithms that can be used as time synchronization mechanisms, those inspired by nature have the best characteristics. The biologically inspired mechanism design can be seen as a three step process in which some natural phenomenon is used as an inspiration for a design of a mechanism that is then implemented in a real-world environment. However, there is always a gap between nature and real-world implementations that needs to be filled. Therefore, the lecture focus was on the obstacles for a firefly inspired algorithm to be directly implemented in heterogeneous Machine-to-Machine systems (i.e. the Borg).

About the author

Iva Bojic, PhD is a 2014-2015 Fulbright scholar at MIT SENSEable City Lab. Before she came to Cambridge, Iva was a post-doctoral Research Associate at the Department of Telecommunications of the University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing in Croatia where she defended her PhD thesis on February 8th, 2013 at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing. For her doctoral thesis “Self-organizing Synchronization in Machine-to-Machine Communication Systems Based on a Pulse-Coupled Oscillators Model” she received Silver Plaque “Josip Loncar”, the Dean’s award for outstanding doctoral dissertation and particularly successful scientific research. Her research interests include: self-organization (especially synchronization), machine-to-machine systems, social networks, context-based services and energy-efficiency.

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