Keynote Talk

Challenges of Mobile Multimedia Delivery in Mobile Learning Communities

Klara Nahrstedt
Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


Abstract: With the pervasive penetration of mobile phones such as Google Android Droid, iPhone, new mobile learning communities are emerging on campuses that would very much benefit from pervasive deployment of wifi/Bluetooth wireless communication and mobile multimedia delivery. Students are keen to be part of mobile learning communities and are ready to embrace this new phone technology on campuses. However, are our campuses ready for these communities and for mobile multimedia content delivery? In this talk we discuss technical and organizational challenges on campuses to enable mobile learning communities with mobile multimedia delivery. Furthermore, we present potential research directions that need to be solved in order to make it happen. We also present lessons learned from our one year experiment to keep in mind when considering mobile multimedia for mobile learning communities.


Klara Nahrstedt is a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Computer Science Department. Her research interests are directed towards Quality of Service (QoS) management in wired and wireless networks, and pervasive mobile multimedia systems and applications. She is the recipient of the IEEE Communication Society Leonard Abraham Award, the University Scholar Award, the Humboldt Research Award, and the Ralph and Catherine Fisher Professorship Chair. She was the TPC member and chair of many IEEE and ACM conferences, including the general chair of IEEE Pervasive Computing and Communications (Percom) 2009, and she is currently the elected chair of ACM Special Interest Group in Multimedia (2007-2011). Klara Nahrstedt received her BA in mathematics from Humboldt University, Berlin, in 1984, and M.Sc. degree in numerical analysis from the same university in 1985. She was a research scientist in the Institute for Informatik in Berlin until 1989. In 1995 she received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Computer and Information Science. She is the member of ACM and IEEE Fellow.