Marconi Prize Paper Award
Aylin Yener, professor of electrical engineering, and Kaya Tutuncuoglu, Ph.D. candidate, received the 2014 IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award in Wireless Communications for their paper titled “Optimum Transmission Policies for Battery Limited Energy Harvesting Nodes,” which was published in the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol. 11, No. 3, March 2012. The award will be presented at the IEEE International Conference on Communications in Sydney, Australia in June.
The IEEE Guglielmo Marconi Best Paper Award is an annual award, sponsored by Qualcomm Inc., for an original paper in the field of Wireless Communications published in the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications.
Wireless networks with energy harvesting battery equipped nodes are quickly emerging as a viable option for future wireless networks with extended lifetime. Equally important to their counterpart in the design of energy harvesting radios are the design principles that this new networking paradigm calls for. In particular, unlike wireless networks considered to date, the energy replenishment process and the storage constraints of the rechargeable batteries need to be taken into account in designing efficient transmission strategies. In this work, such transmission policies for rechargeable nodes are considered, and optimum solutions for two related problems are identified. Specifically, the transmission policy that maximizes the short term throughput, i.e., the amount of data transmitted in a finite time horizon is found. In addition, the relation of this optimization problem to another, namely, the minimization of the transmission completion time for a given amount of data is demonstrated, which leads to the solution of the latter as well. The optimum transmission policies are identified under the constraints on energy causality, i.e., energy replenishment process, as well as the energy storage, i.e., battery capacity. For battery replenishment, a model with discrete packets of energy arrivals is considered. The necessary conditions that the throughput-optimal allocation satisfies are derived, and then the algorithm that finds the optimal transmission policy with respect to the short-term throughput and the minimum transmission completion time is given. Numerical results are presented to confirm the analytical findings.
Premier Research Award
Yener also received the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society Premier Research Award. This award recognizes and rewards an individual whose contributions to scientific knowledge through research are exemplary and internationally acclaimed. A single award is presented annually.
Yener has been the principal investigator on a number of grants from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense. Her research interests are in fundamental limits of wireless networks, green communications, information security and network science. She has more than 200 publications in books, journals, and conference proceedings.
Yener currently serves on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society as its Treasurer. Previously, she was the chair of the Student Committee of the IEEE Information Theory Society in the years 2007-2011, an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications in the years 2009-2012, and an editor and a member of the editorial advisory board of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications in the years 2001-2012. Dr. Yener has also served as the technical program-chair for several symposia in IEEE conferences in years 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, and 2014.