Mehedi Bakht

Mehedi Bakht earned his PhD from University of Illinois in 2012. He is currently working as a software engineer at Facebook.

The overarching goal of his research was to design protocols for efficient communication in delay tolerant networks (DTNs), with a particular focus on mobile social networks (MSNs), an emerging class of ad hoc networks made up of smartphones and other portable mobile devices carried by humans. Communication in such an infrastructure-less scenario is inherently opportunistic since it relies extensively on detecting, as well as utilizing, unplanned encounters between nodes. While existing solutions look at the nodes in isolation, he proposed that the clustering of nodes, which is a common phenomenon observed in different types of DTNs including MSNs, can be leveraged for significantly improving the efficiency of different components of opportunistic communication.

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