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Future Internet Architecture: Named Data Networking

REMAP's Jeff Burke is Co-PI and application team lead for the Named Data Networking project, a multiple-institution collaboration supported by NSF under the leadership of UCLA Computer Science and PARC. REMAP's project team includes Alessandro Marianantoni, Alex Horn, Derek Kulinski, and Gauresh Rane.

NDN is a new Internet architecture that transitions from the host-based addressing of the current Internet to addressing based on data names. With support from the National Science Foundation’s Future Internet Architecture program, it is currently under development by UCLA, PARC, and several other institutions throughout the United States and abroad. One of several research efforts in the area often called "information-centric networking" (ICN) or "content-centric networking" (CCN), NDN simplifies application programming by enabling addressing to more closely match application semantics, provides bandwidth performance enhancement (by using router memory for content caching), and offers intrinsic security building blocks such as the use of per-packet cryptographic signatures that bind specific content to names.




An open source software project led by UCLA REMAP and Open Perception, OpenPTrack is creating a scalable, multi-camera solution for person tracking to support applications in education, art, and culture. The project contains numerous state-of-the-art algorithms for RGB and/or depth tracking, and has been created on top of a modular node-based architecture, to support the addition and removal of different sensor streams online.

UCLA REMAP and Open Perception, with the University of Padova, Electroland and Indiana University Bloomington, 2013-present.


Participatory Sensing

Participatory Sensing is an approach to data collection and interpretation in which individuals, acting alone or in groups, use their personal mobile devices and web services to systematically explore interesting aspects of their worlds, ranging from health to culture.

A collaboration with the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS), 2006-2013.


UCLA/Cisco Metropolitan WiFi Research Network

With the support of Cisco and in collaboration with California State Parks, REMAP installed a 25-node wireless network covering the 32 acres of the Los Angeles State Historic Park and two outdoor areas on the UCLA campus. This infrastructure supports the Remapping LA project, as well as research on network architecture for participatory sensing.

Los Angeles State Historic Park, 2007-present.


SPASES: Semiotic Pivot Activity Spaces

Using computer vision, Wii remotes, RFID tags, and other sensing technologies, this project aimed to engage first and second grade students in learning the physics of force and motion. As desktop simulations have made force and motion accessible to middle school students, the goal was to use students' physical actions in the world as an interface to computer simulations, in order to make these ideas accessible to even younger students.



Ethics Education for Participatory Sensing

The mobile phone network is emerging as the largest sensor network on the planet. Mobile phone users, however, are generally unaware of the dual uses of this network, in which their communication devices are also information gathering devices. In participatory urban sensing, everyday mobile devices become a platform for coordinated investigation of the environment and human activity. But transforming phones into data collection instruments raises both technical and ethical challenges. This NSF-supported project explores these challenges through participant-observation and develops educational materials for ethics education in science and engineering.



Personal Environmental Impact Report

PEIR, the Personal Environmental Impact Report, is an online tool that allows the use of a mobile phone to explore and share how the user impacts the environment and how the environment impacts the user. In addition to collaborating on the development of the mobile participatory sensing system, REMAP produced an exhibition at Wired Nextfest in Chicago's Millenium Park, 2008.

Collaboration with the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing, 2007-2009. Supported by Nokia Research.



The Illuminator is a sensor network based intelligent light control system for entertainment and media production, created in a collaboration between UCLA's Networked and Embedded Systems Laboratory (NESL) and UCLA REMAP.



Kolo (and Nebesko)

Kolo is a Java-based middleware for interactive artworks developed by Eitan Mendelowitz, Jeff Burke, Joe Kim, Adam Pingel, and others.