About Me

I am originally from the beautiful islands of Fiji. After growing up in Fiji, studying in Mokpo, South Korea and Trento, Italy, I currently live and work in the beautiful city of Chicago, USA.

Before joining Amber Agriculture in Chicago as a Wireless Systems Engineer, I obtained my Ph.D. in Information and Communication Technology from the University of Trento, Italy, under the supervision of Dr. Amy L. Murphy. I was also a member of D3S group and E3DA  in the University of Trento and Bruno Kessler Foundation, respectively. My research involved the design and optimization of novel cross-layer MAC and Routing protocols for Ultra-Low-Power Wake-up Radios to enable Low Energy Internet of Things (LE-IoT).

Besides all this fancy technology, conceptual and theoretical work I like to be offline in nature, photographing, traveling and doing sports.

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I finally defended my Ph.D. dissertation titled “Wake-up Radio based Approach to Low-Power and Low-Latency Communication in the Internet of Things” with Cum Laude (highest distinction).

[Impact Factor 2.475] Our journal article “On-Demand LoRa: Asynchronous TDMA for Energy Efficient and Low Latency Communication in IoT” has been published in Sensors, Special Issue “Low Energy Wireless Sensor Networks: Protocols, Architectures and Solutions”, 2018

Our papers “KRATOS: An Open Source Hardware-Software Platform for Rapid Research in LPWANs and On-Demand TDMA for Energy Efficient Data Collection with LoRa and Wake-up Receiver” have been accepted at WiMob 2018.

KRATOS: An Open Source Hardware-Software Platform for Enabling Rapid Research in LPWANs is now open-source and available for testing. Check it out here.

Serving as a TPC member for GIoTS-2018 and WF-IoT-2018.

Started my Ph.D. Internship at D-ITET, IIS Lab, ETH Zurich.

Winner of LCN Student Grant for 2017. Thanks to the LCN grant committee.

The technical program for 12th IEEE International Workshop on Practical Issues in Building Sensor Network Applications (IEEE SenseApp 2017) is announced. Check it out here.

[Hot! Impact Factor 17.188] Our paper “Ultra Low Power Wake-Up Radios: A Hardware and Networking Survey” has been published in IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, 2017

Our paper “Plug into a Plant: Using a Plant Microbial Fuel Cell and a Wake-up Radio for an Energy Neutral Sensing System” has been accepted at SenseApp 2017.

WaCo: ContikiOS & COOJA extension for simulating low-power Wake-up Radios is now open-source and available for testing. Check it out here.

Our paper “WaCo: A Wake-Up Radio COOJA Extension for Simulating Ultra Low Power Radios”  has been accepted at EWSN’17

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. April 2019

    Ph.D. in Distributed Wireless Networking for Smart Spaces

    University of Trento & Bruno Kessler Foundation, Trento, Italy

  • M.Eng 2014

    Master of Engineering

    Mokpo National University, South Korea

  • B.TECH 2008

    Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

    University of The South Paci fic, Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • April 2019
    Ph.D with cum laude, University of Trento
  • September 2017
    IEEE LCN Student Grant Award, 2017
  • January 2013
    Woojung Education and Culture Foundation Scholarship for Masters Research, 2012 - 2014
  • August 2012
    Global IT Talent Support Program, Mokpo National University, 2012 - 2014