Shirin Saeedi Bidokhti

I am a research assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at University of Pennsylvania. I received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer and Communication Sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL). Before joining UPenn in 2017, I was a postdoctoral fellow with the Department of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University (2015-2017) and the Institute for Communications Engineering at Technical University of Munich (2013-2015). I have also held visiting researcher positions at Pennsylvania State University (spring-summer 2017), ETH Zurich (summer 2016), and University of California at Los Angeles (Winter 2011).

I am interested in novel cloud-based and cache-aided network architectures, and the opportunities they can provide to fundamentally boost the performance of communication networks. In particular, I seek to answer questions such as: How much coordination is needed in a network to support a desired rate and how to establish this coordination among the network nodes? How to utilize local storage units at network nodes to improve rate and latency? What is the tradeoff between communication and computation in distributed systems? How to compress data using minimum storage cost such that the important features of the data are preserved in the compressed domain? To approach these questions, I use tools from information theory, network theory, optimization, and algorithms to develop coding strategies that are efficient with respect to rate, energy, memory, complexity, latency, and cost. In the long term, I aim to develop a mathematical understanding of information extraction, storage and communication for data analysis, where the challenge is to learn certain information, rather than to reconstruct the entire data exactly.


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