Professor and Associate Chair of Graduate Affairs
Miguel A. Labrador received the M.Sc. in Telecommunications and the Ph.D. degree in Information Science with concentration in Telecommunications from the University of Pittsburgh, in 1994 and 2000, respectively. Since 2001, he has been with the University of South Florida (USF), Tampa, where he is currently a Full Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and the Director of the Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program. Before joining USF, he worked for more than 15 years in industry his last job being in Telcordia Technologies, Inc., NJ, in the Broadband Networking Group of the Professional Services Business Unit. His research interests are in design and performance evaluation of computer networks and communication protocols, energy-efficient mechanisms for wireless sensor networks, location-based services and ubiquitous sensing. His research has been funded by NSF, DARPA, FDOT, TACLAN, the Florida High Tech Corridor and Draper Laboratories. Dr. Labrador has published more than 100 journal and conference papers and holds ten patents in these areas. He is the lead author of the books "Human Activity Recognition Using Wearable Sensors and Smartphones," CRC Press 2013, "Location-Based Information Systems," CRC Press 2010, and "Topology Control in Wireless Sensor Networks," Springer 2009. He has served in the organizing committee of many IEEE conferences and is currently member of the Editorial Board of Computer Communications and the Journal of Network and Computer Applications (Elsevier Science). Dr. Labrador received the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Southeastern Section New Faculty Research Award, 2007 USF Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, the 2008 USF Excellence in Innovation Award "for the highly innovative work done in the area of Location-Aware Information Systems," and the 2012 College of Engineering Outstanding Research Achievement Award. He is a senior member of the IEEE and member of Beta Phi Mu, ACM SIGCOMM and SIGCSE, and ASEE.
His current research interests are in the area of ubiquitous sensing. He is using smartphones and sensor data to develop algorithms for crowd sourcing and M-Health applications. In the past, he performed research in the areas of design and performance evaluation of computer networks and communication protocols for wired, wireless, and optical networks, energy-efficient mechanisms for wireless sensor networks, bandwidth estimation techniques, and location-based services.
Currently teaching Computer Networks I, Computer Networks II, and Software Development for Mobile Devices for undergraduate students and the graduate Computer Networks course.
PhD in Information Science - Telecommunications, University of Pittsburgh (2000)
MS in Telecommunications, University of Pittsburgh (1994)
BS in Electronics Engineering, Instituto Universitario Politécnico de las Fuerzas Armadas Nacionales (IUPFAN), Venezuela (1983)
Honors and Awards:
• 2012 College of Engineering Outstanding Research Achievement Award
• 2010 Hispanic Pathways Award
• Inducted as a charter member in the USF Academy of Inventors, October 5, 2009
• 2008 USF Excellence in Innovation Award
• 2006-2007 USF Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award
• PI of a NSF-funded REU Site on Ubiquitous Sensing since 2005