ITI researcher Klara Nahrstedt has been named to the inaugural list of “10 Women You Should Know” in networking and communications by Networking Networking Women (N2Women), a program of SIGMOBILE. Nahrstedt is the Ralph and Catherine Fisher Professor of Computer Science and the Director of the multidisciplinary Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Nahrstedt, who joined the Illinois faculty in 1995, is a leading researcher in multimedia systems. Her fundamental work on energy-efficient dynamic soft-real-time CPU scheduling for mobile multimedia devices and development of first energy-efficient OS for mobile multimedia devices, GRACE-OS, has been widely recognized in academia and industry.
“Klara Nahrstedt made fundamental contributions to routing and scheduling in networks based on quality-of-service parameters,” said Wolfgang Effelsberg, a professor at the University of Mannheim, in a statement to N2Women. “She also contributed many innovative ideas for multimedia streaming in mobile networks.”
In the field of 3D tele-immersive systems and networking, Nahrstedt was the first to develop a multi-view 3D video adaptation framework for bandwidth management and view-casting protocols for multi-view 3D video. She developed new metrics for 3D immersive video and the first comprehensive framework based on sound theoretical underpinnings for Quality of Experience in Distributed Interactive Multimedia Environments.
Nahrstedt received her BA in mathematics (1984) and a MSc degree (1985) in numerical analysis from Humboldt University, Berlin. She was a research scientist in the Institute for Informatik in Berlin until 1990. In 1995, she received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Computer and Information Science. She was twice elected chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Multimedia. She is an ACM Fellow and an IEEE Fellow. Her honors include the 2009 Humboldt Fellow Research Award, the 2012 IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award, the 2014 ACM Special Interest Group on Multimedia (SIGMM) Technical Achievement Award, and induction into the German National Academy of Sciences in 2014.
“I feel truly honored to be in this prestigious list of the “10 Women You Should Know,” Nahrstedt said. “This recognition gives me also a tremendous satisfaction that my research has been appreciated by the broader community.“