Inaugural Nelms Institute for the Connected World Seminar: My Thai

Dr. My T. Thai
Associate Director, Nelms Institute for the Connected World
UF Department of Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering (CISE)
“LiteConnect: Lightweight Frameworks for IoT Empowered by Blockchain”
Thursday, Nov. 1, 1:00 p.m.
LAR 310


We are entering into a new era of “Internet of Things” (IoT) where cyber and physical worlds are increasingly interconnected and the number of IoT devices is approaching 50B. These call for a scalable and intelligent framework for controlling and coordinating various network components, with capabilities 1) to meet ever stringent availability, reliability and QoS requirements demanded by emerging services; 2) to cope with the enormous complexity of networked systems; and 3) to enable a trustless access control management so as the users have a full control over their data. In this talk, we will discuss these issues via 1) quantifying the interdependency between various networked systems, 2) providing lightweight and just-in-time adaptive algorithms for scalable and intelligent network control, and 3) leveraging the blockchain technologies to give control of data back to its rightful owner while maintaining the scalability and security of the whole system.


Dr. My T. Thai is a professor in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering at the University of Florida. Her current research interests include scalable machine learning, cybersecurity, algorithms and optimization on network science and engineering, including communication networks, smart grids, social networks, and their interdependency. The results of her work have led to 6 books and 140+ articles, including IEEE MSN 2014 Best Paper Award, IEEE ICDCS 2017 Best Paper Runner Up, and 2017 IEEE ICDM Best Papers Award.
Dr.  Thai has engaged in many professional activities. She currently serves as the EiC of the Computational Social Networks journal. She is also the founding and steering chair of the international conference on Computational Data and Social Networks. She has served as editor for several journal editorial boards, and also chaired or served on numerous program committees of international conferences and workshops. She has received many research awards including an UFRF Professorship Award, a Department of Defense (DoD) Young Investigator Award, and an NSF (National Science Foundation) CAREER Award.