Maria Gorlatova

Nortel Networks Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Maria Gorlatova's research is focused on reaching the next level of adaptive intelligent behavior in Internet of Things systems and applications. This research involves the development of architectures, algorithms, and protocols for emerging pervasive systems. It crosses traditional discipline boundaries and requires thinking across multiple layers of system and protocol stacks. 

Dr. Gorlatova earned her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, and her M.Sc. and B.Sc. (Summa Cum Laude) degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Ottawa, Canada. She has several years of industry experience, where she had been affiliated with Telcordia Technologies, IBM, and D. E. Shaw Research. She came to Duke from Princeton University, where she held the positions of an Associate Research Scholar in the Electrical Engineering Department and an Associate Director of the Princeton EDGE Lab. 

Dr. Gorlatova is a recipient of the Google Anita Borg USA Fellowship, Canadian Graduate Scholar CGS NSERC Fellowships, the Columbia University Presidential Fellowship, and the Columbia University Jury Award for Outstanding Achievement in Communications. She is a co-recipient of the ACM SenSys Best Student Demonstration Award, the IEEE Communications Society Young Author Best Paper Award, and the IEEE Communications Society Award for Advances in Communications.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Nortel Networks Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Assistant Professor of Computer Science
  • Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

Contact Information

Education

  • B.S. University of Ottawa (Canada), 2004
  • M.S. University of Ottawa (Canada), 2007
  • Ph.D. Columbia University, 2013

Research Interests

Architectures, algorithms, and protocols for emerging mobile pervasive systems and the Internet of Things. Our work crosses traditional discipline boundaries and requires thinking across multiple layers of system and protocol stacks. We are focusing on breaking the barriers for technologies that enable fundamentally new deployments and experiences, such as energy harvesting, artificial intelligence adapted to the Internet of Things constraints, and augmented reality.

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Best Research Artifact Award. IEEE IPSN. 2020
  • N2 Women Rising Star. Networking Networking Women (N2Women). 2019
  • Young Author Best Paper Award. IEEE Communications Society. 2016
  • Jury Award for Outstanding Achievement in Communications. Columbia University Electrical Engineering Department. 2013
  • Anita Borg USA Fellowship. Google. 2012
  • Award for Advances in Communications. IEEE Communications Society. 2011
  • Best Student Demonstration Award. ACM SenSys. 2011
  • Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate CGS-D Scholarship. Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Canada. 2008
  • Presidential Fellowship. Columbia University. 2008

Courses Taught

  • NEUROSCI 494: Research Independent Study 2
  • NEUROSCI 493: Research Independent Study 1
  • EGR 393: Research Projects in Engineering
  • ECE 899: Special Readings in Electrical Engineering
  • ECE 891: Internship
  • ECE 654: Edge Computing
  • ECE 590: Advanced Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 494: Projects in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 493: Projects in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 392: Projects in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 391: Projects in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 356: Computer Network Architecture
  • ECE 292: Projects in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 291: Projects in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • COMPSCI 590: Advanced Topics in Computer Science
  • COMPSCI 564: Edge Computing
  • COMPSCI 394: Research Independent Study
  • COMPSCI 393: Research Independent Study
  • COMPSCI 356: Computer Network Architecture

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Eom, Sangjun, Seijung Kim, Joshua Jackson, David Sykes, Shervin Rahimpour, and Maria Gorlatova. “Augmented Reality-based Contextual Guidance through Surgical Tool Tracking in Neurosurgery.” IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics PP (April 2024). https://doi.org/10.1109/tvcg.2024.3390680.
  • Eom, Sangjun, Tiffany S. Ma, Neha Vutakuri, Tianyi Hu, Aden P. Haskell-Mendoza, David A. W. Sykes, Maria Gorlatova, and Joshua Jackson. “Accuracy of routine external ventricular drain placement following a mixed reality-guided twist-drill craniostomy.” Neurosurgical Focus 56, no. 1 (January 2024): E11. https://doi.org/10.3171/2023.10.focus23615.
  • Dasari, M., J. Jiang, and M. Gorlatova. “Message from the Program Chairs.” In Proceedings of the 2023 Workshop on Emerging Multimedia Systems, EMS 2023, II, 2023.
  • Zhang, X., S. Chen, Y. Zhang, Y. Im, M. Gorlatova, S. Ha, and C. Joe-Wong. “Optimal Network Protocol Selection for Competing Flows via Online Learning.” IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing 22, no. 8 (August 1, 2023): 4822–36. https://doi.org/10.1109/TMC.2022.3162880.
  • Han, B., T. Braud, M. Di Francesco, M. Gorlatova, L. Liu, G. Soros, and P. Zhou. “Guest Editorial: Networking Challenges and Opportunities for Multi-UserXR and the Metaverse.” IEEE Network 37, no. 4 (July 1, 2023): 10–11. https://doi.org/10.1109/MNET.2023.10293246.