UMBC ebiquity group launches four new PhDs

December 23, 2004

Four ebiquity laboratory researchers were awarded PhD degrees in UMBC's 2004 Winter Commencement: Drs Lalana Kagal, Harry (Lik) Chen, Xiaochen Luan and Dipanjan Chakraborty.

Harry (Lik) Chen's dissertation, An Intelligent Broker Architecture for Pervasive Context-Aware Systems , advanced understanding of how we can build Wireless computing environments that offer intelligent services while protecting privacy. Dr. Chen has joined Image Matters LLC, a Leesburg VA company specializing in Semantic Web, Internet, geospatial, wireless and sensor technologies.

Dr. Xiaocheng Luan's research on agent services, Adaptive Middle Agent for Service Matching in the Semantic Web: A Quantitative Approach) studied how systems of autonomous agents can effectively learn the services and tasks agents can successfully provide. Dr. Luan is a Senior Software Engineer in the Computer Science Branch of the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications at the U.S. National Library of Medicine, a part of NIH.

Dr. Lalana Kagal's dissertation on " A Policy-Based Approach to Governing Autonomous Behavior in Distributed Environments" developed an innovative declarative language for describing policies. She has accepted a postdoctoral appointment at the CSAIL Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Dipanjan Chakraborty's dissertation on On Service Discovery and Composition in Ad-hoc Environments developed a distributed architectures for service discovery and service composition in wireless ad-hoc environments. He is currently a research scientist at IBM India Research.

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