Nikolaos M. Freris 尼克


Professor of Computer Science

School of Computer Science and Technology

Member of LINKE (Lab for Intelligent Networking and Knowledge Engineering)

Vice Dean of International College

University of Science and Technology of China (USTC)

Professor of Computer Technology and Software Engineering

Institute of Advanced Technology (USTC)

Email: nfr@ustc.edu.cn

Telephone:+86-(0) 551 63601767

Assistant: 朱柳仿 (Rita) Email: zhulf@ustc.edu.cn

Address:Office 515, Diansan Building, West Campus, 443 Huangshan Road, Hefei, Anhui 230027, China


Announcement

We are actively looking to recruit graduate (MS, PhD) and undergraduate students and postdoctoral researchers in a wide range of projects pertaining to Cyberphysical Systems / IoT (machine learning, optimization, and applications).
Applicants may submit their CV and supporting documents (cover letter, research statement, selected publications) to Prof. Freris (nfr@ustc.edu.cn).

欢迎加入信息物理系统实验室

The Cyberphysical Systems Lab at USTC is recruiting students at all levels


Education

– PhD Electrical & Computer Engineering – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2010)

– MS Mathematics – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2008)

– MS Electrical & Computer Engineering – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2007)

– Diploma Electrical & Computer Engineering – National Technical University of Athens (2005)


Research

Cyberphysical Systems (CPS) are very large networks of “smart” devices (possessing sensing, communication and computation capabilities), that control physical entities. Notable applications enlist Smart Cities, Smart Grids, Intelligent Transportation, Sensor Networks, Robotics, and more.

The focus of the Cyberphysical Systems Lab (CPSLab) is to conduct interdisciplinary research across a broad range of topics and applications pertaining to cyberphysical systems such as:

Big Data: machine learning / data mining
Distributed optimization
Wireless networks
System theory: optimization, estimation, and control
Signal processing: sparse sampling and online algorithms

As well as applications in power systems, transportation, cyber security, robotics, and biomedical modeling.


Brief Bio

Nick Freris is Professor in the School of Computer Science and Technology at USTC, and Vice Dean of the International College. He received the Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece, in 2005, and the M.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, the M.S. degree in Mathematics, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2007, 2008, and 2010, respectively. 

His research lies in Cyberphysical Systems: machine learning, distributed optimization, data mining, wireless networks, control, and signal processing, with applications in sensor networks, transportation, robotics, cyber security, and power systems. Dr. Freris has published over 35 papers in high-profile journals and conferences held by IEEE, ACM and SIAM. He holds three patents and two patent applications. His research has been sponsored by NSF, and was recognized with the USTC Alumni Foundation Innovation Scholar award, the IBM High Value Patent award, two IBM invention achievement awards, and the Gerondelis foundation award.

From 2014 to 2018, Dr. Freris was assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) and global network assistant professor of Computer Science at NYU Tandon School of Engineering (NYU-Tandon). From 2012 to 2014, he was senior researcher at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. From 2010 to 2012, he was postdoctoral researcher at IBM Research – Zurich, Switzerland.

Dr. Freris is a Senior Member of ACM, a Senior Member of IEEE, and a member of SIAM and CCF.

CV(June 2020)


Publications (Google scholar page)

Journal Articles

1. T. Huang, N. Freris, P. R. Kumar, and L. Xie, “A Synchrophasor Data-driven Method for Forced Oscillation Localization under Resonance Conditions.” Accepted in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, to appear, 2020.

2. S. Jabari, N. Freris, and D. Dilip, “Sparse travel time estimation from streaming data.” Transportation Science, vol. 54, no 1, pp. 1-20, 2020.

3. P. Latafat, N. Freris, and P. Patrinos, “A new randomized block-coordinate primal-dual algorithm for distributed optimization.” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 64, no. 10, pp. 4050-4065, 2019.

4. A. Darabseh and N. Freris, “A software-defined control for IoT Cyberphysical Systems.” Journal of Cluster Computing, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 1107-1122, 2019.

5. M. Vlachos, N. Freris, and A. Kyrillidis, “Compressive Mining: Fast and Optimal Data Mining in the Compressed Domain.” International Journal on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB Journal), vol. 24(1), pp. 1-24, 2015

6. S. Zoumpoulis, M. Vlachos, N. Freris, and C. Lucchese, “Right-Protected Data Publishing with Provable Distance-based Mining.” IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, vol. 26(8), pp. 2014-2028, 2014.

7. A. Zouzias and N. Freris, “Randomized Extended Kaczmarz for Solving Least Squares.” SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications, vol. 34(2), pp. 773-793, 2013.

8. N. Freris, C. Hsu, J. Singh, and X. Zhu, “Distortion-Aware Scalable Video Streaming to Multinetwork Clients.” IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 469-481, 2013.

9. N. Freris, S. Graham, and P. R. Kumar, “Fundamental Limits on Synchronizing Clocks over Networks.” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 56, no. 2, pp. 1352-1364, 2011.

10. N. Freris, H. Kowshik, and P. R. Kumar, “Fundamentals of large sensor networks: Connectivity, Capacity, Clocks and Computation.” Proceedings of the IEEE, vol. 98, no. 1, pp. 1828-1846, 2010.

Conference Papers

1. K. Zhang, S. Cong, Y. Tang, and N. Freris, “An Efficient Online Estimation Algorithm for Evolving Quantum States.” Accepted at the 28th European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO), Jan. 2021.

2. C. Zhang, H. Tan, H. Huang, Z. Han, S. Jiang, N. Freris, and X. Li, “Online Dispatching and Scheduling of Jobs with Heterogeneous Utilities in Edge Computing.” Accepted at the 21st International Symposium on Theory, Algorithmic Foundations, and Protocol Design for Mobile Networks and Mobile Computing (MobiHoc), Oct. 2020.

3. N. Freris, C. Yang, and M. Vlachos, “FIDE: Fast and Interpretable 2D Embedding with correlation, distance, and rank considerations.” Accepted at the 6th International Conference on Big Data Computing and Communications (BigCom), July 2020.

4. Y. Li, N. Freris, P. Voulgaris, and D. Stipanovic, “D-SOP: Distributed Second Order Proximal Method for Convex Composite Optimization.” Accepted at the American Control Conference (ACC), July 2020.

5. W. Li, T. Huang, N. Freris, P. R. Kumar, and L. Xie, “Data-driven Localization of Forced Oscillations in Power Systems.” Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT Asia), pp. 239-243, May 2019.

6. H. Wai, N. Freris, A. Nedich, and A. Scaglione, “SUCAG: Stochastic Unbiased Curvature-aided Gradient Method for Distributed Optimization.” Proceedings of the 57th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), pp. 1751-1756, Dec. 2018.

7. M. Smyrnakis, N. Freris, and H. Tembine, “Consensus over evolutionary graphs.” Proceedings of the 17th IEEE European Control Conference (ECC), pp. 2218-2223, June 2018.

8. T. Huang, N. Freris, P. R. Kumar, and L. Xie, “Localization of forced oscillations in the power grid under resonance conditions.” Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Conference on Information Sciences and Systems (CISS), March 2018.

9. H. Nahas, A. Sirhindi, and N. Freris, “A new solution for UWB localization: Online algorithms, implementation and testbed.” Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation (IPIN), Sep. 2017.

10. A. Darabseh and N. Freris, “A Software Defined Architecture for Cyberphysical Systems.” Proceedings of the 4th IEEE International Conference on Software Defined Systems (SDS), pp. 54-60, May 2017.

11. D. Dilip, N. Freris, and S. Jabari, “Sparse estimation of travel time distributions using Gamma kernels.” 96th Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting (TRB), Jan. 2017.

12. X. Duan, N. Freris, and P. Cheng, “Secure clock synchronization under collusion attacks.” Proceedings of the 54th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing (Allerton), pp. 1142-1148, Sep. 2016.

13. N. Freris and P. Patrinos, “Distributed computing over encrypted data.” Proceedings of the 54th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing (Allerton), pp. 1116-1122, Sep. 2016.

14. P. Sopasakis, N. Freris, and P. Patrinos, “Accelerated reconstruction of a compressively sampled data stream.” Proceedings of the 24th European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO), pp. 1078-1082, Aug. 2016.

15. A. Darabseh, N. Freris, Y. Jararweh, and M. Al-Ayyoub, “SDCache: Software Defined Data Caching Control for Cloud Services.” Proceedings of the 4th IEEE International Conference on Future Internet of Things and Cloud (FiCloud), pp. 164-169, Aug. 2016.

16. A. Zouzias and N. Freris, “Randomized Gossip Algorithms for Solving Laplacian Systems.” Proceedings of the 14th IEEE European Control Conference (ECC), pp. 1920-1925, July 2015.

17. N. Freris, O. Öçal, and M. Vetterli, “Compressed Sensing of streaming data.” Proceedings of the 51st Allerton Conference on Communication, Control and Computing (Allerton), pp. 1242-1249, Oct. 2013.

18. G. Baechler, N. Freris, F. Quick, and R. Crochiere, “Finite rate of innovation based modeling and compression of ECG signals.” Proceedings of the 38th International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP), pp. 1252-1256, May 2013.

19. N. Freris and A. Zouzias, “Fast distributed smoothing of relative measurements.” Proceedings of the 51st IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), pp. 1411-1416, Dec. 2012.

20. A. Zouzias, M. Vlachos, and N. Freris, “Unsupervised Sparse Matrix Co-Clustering for Marketing and Sales Intelligence.” Advances in Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (PAKDD), Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 7301, pp. 591-603, May 2012.

21. N. Freris, M. Vlachos, and S. Kozat, “Optimal Distance Estimation Between Compressed Data Series.” Proceedings of the SIAM International Conference on Data Mining (SDM), pp. 343-354, April 2012.

22. N. Freris, M. Vlachos, and D. Turaga, “Cluster-Aware Compression with Provable K-means Preservation.” Proceedings of the SIAM International Conference on Data Mining (SDM), pp. 82-93, April 2012.

23. N. Freris, “Performance bounds for CSMA-based Medium Access Control.” Proceedings of the 50th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), pp. 5945-5950, Dec. 2011.

24. N. Freris, C. Hsu, J. Singh, and X. Zhu, “Resource allocation for multihomed scalable video streaming to multiple clients.” Proceedings of the IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia (ISM), pp. 9-16, Dec. 2010.

25. C. Hsu, N. Freris, J. Singh, and X. Zhu, “Rate control and stream adaptation for scalable video streaming over multiple access networks.” Proceedings of the 18th International Packet Video Workshop (PV), pp. 33-40, Dec. 2010.

26. N. Freris, V. Borkar, and P. R. Kumar, “A model-based approach to clock synchronization.” Proceedings of the 48th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), pp. 5744-5749, Dec. 2009.

27. R. McCabe, N. Freris, and P. R. Kumar, “Controlled Random Access MAC for Network Utility Maximization in Wireless Networks.” Proceedings of the 47th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), pp. 2350-2355, Dec. 2008.

28. N. Freris and P. R. Kumar, “Fundamental Limits on Synchronization of Affine Clocks in Networks.” Proceedings of the 46th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), pp. 921-926, Dec. 2007.

Technical Reports

1. N. Freris, O. Öçal, and M. Vetterli, “Recursive Compressed Sensing,” 2013.

2. N. Freris, V. Borkar, and P. R. Kumar, “Model-based clock synchronization protocol for wireless sensor networks,” 2013.


Patents

Granted

1. N. Freris, O. Öçal, and M. Vetterli, “Method for compressed sensing of streaming data and apparatus for performing the same.” CN105531934B, 2019 / JP6495292B2, 2019 / EP3044881B1, 2020.

2. N. Freris, F. Fusco, and M. Vlachos, “Method and device for data mining on compressed data vectors.” CN104335176B, 2017 / US10528578B2, 2020.

3. C. Hsu, N. Freris, J. Singh, and X. Zhu, “Distortion-aware multihomed scalable video streaming to multiple clients.” US8793391B2, 2014.

Applications

4. S. Jabari, N. Freris, and D. Dilip, “Systems and methods for sparse travel time estimation.” US20180232650A1, 2018.

5. N. Freris and M. Vlachos, “Compression of data partitioned into clusters.” US 20130031063A1, 2013.

Theses

1. N. Freris, “Wireless Networks: Model and Optimization based approaches to Clock Synchronization, Random Access MAC and Video Streaming.” PhD dissertation, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Aug. 2010.

2. N. Freris, “Fundamental limits on network clock synchronization.” MS thesis, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dec. 2007.

3. N. Freris, “Parameter estimation of a new insulin-glucose model.” Diploma thesis, Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, July 2005 (in Greek).


Funding

Active Projects

2019.12.01-2022.11.30 2019YFB2102200, Ministry of Science and Technology of China (Co-Principal Investigator)

国家重点研发计划“物联网与智慧城市关键技术及其示范”重点专项:面向城市精准管理的新型群智感知技术及应用
New Group Intelligence Sensing Technology and Application for City Precision Management
Award: RMB 17,960,000
Principal Investigator for sub-project 2019YFB2102201: RMB 3,510,000

2019.07.01-2022.06.30 201903a05020049, Anhui Department of Science and Technology, China (Principal Investigator)

安徽省科技重大专项公开竞争类-技术领域项目-高新领域:基于5G的车路云协同自动驾驶关键技术研究与应用
Research and Application of Key Technologies of “Vehicle-Road-Network Collaborative Automatic Driving Based on 5G
Award:RMB 2,000,000

Past Projects

2017.09.01-2020.08.31 NSF #1717207, USA (Principal Investigator)

“AF: Small: Distributed Quasi-Newton Methods for Nonsmooth Optimization”
Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF); Algorithmic Foundations (AF)
Award: $ 163,160.00

2014.08.01-2018.12.31 NYUAD Starting grant, UAE (Principal Investigator)

“Algorithms for Cyberphysical Systems”
Award: $ 1,230,000


Professional Activities

Keynote/Plenary talks

2019 “Learning in Cyberphysical Systems,” International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Information Processing and Cloud Computing (AIIPCC), Sanya, China, Dec. 19-21, 2019

“Learning in Cyberphysical Systems,” International Conference on Machine Learning, Big Data and Business Intelligence (MLBDBI), Taiyuan, China, Nov. 8-10, 2019

2017 “Exact data mining from inexact data.” International Conference on Big Data Analysis and Data Mining (DataMining), Paris, France, Sep. 7-8, 2017

Invited Seminars

2019 IET-CSR Workshop on Advances in Cyber-Physical Systems & Robotics

IEEE Sustainable Power & Energy Conference (iSPEC)—Panel on Emerging Technologies

2018 Zhejiang University, University of Science and Technology of China, Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen), KTH;

2017 Arizona State University, Texas A&M University, National Technical University of Athens, NYU-Tandon School of Engineering;

2016 UC Berkeley, KU Leuven;

2015 Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University, Khalifa University, Masdar Institute;

2014 IMT-Lucca, Qualcomm, IBM Research;

2013 EPFL, ETH, Texas A&M University, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Professional Memberships

ACM (Senior member), IEEE (Senior member), SIAM, CCF

Service

Editorial

Guest Editor: Special Issue on “Distributed Control and Optimization with Resource-Constrained Networked Systems,” Elsevier SI in Neurocomputing, Dec. 2017

Conference activities

2020 European Conference on Machine Learning and Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases (ECML-PKDD), Ghent, Belgium (TPC member)

American Control Conference (ECC), Denver, USA (session co-chair)

6th International Conference on Big Data Computing and Communications (BigCom), Deqing, China (TPC chair)

15th International Conference on Green, Pervasive and Cloud Computing (GPC), Xi’an, China (TPC member)

2019 International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Information Processing and Cloud Computing (AIIPCC), Sanya, China (general moderator/host)

5th International Conference on Big Data Computing and Communications (BigCom), Qingdao, China (Panel discussion member & TPC co-chair)

2018 1st International Symposium on Intelligent Robots: Autonomy and Vision (IRAV), Abu Dhabi (co-organizer)

2017 4th International Conference on Big Data Analysis and Data Mining, Paris, France (moderator)

2nd NYUAD Transportation Symposium (co-organizer)

2016 54th Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing (special session co-chair)

4th European Conference on Computational Optimization (special session chair)

1st NYUAD Transportation Symposium (co-organizer)

2015 24th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), Buenos Aires, Argentina (TPC member)

2013 1st FRI workshop at EPFL (general chair)

2008 4th CSL Student Conference (general chair)

Reviewing

IEEE: Transactions: Automatic Control, Information Theory, Networking, Signal Processing, Control of Network Systems, Control of Sensor Networks, Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Industrial Informatics, Circuits & Systems

Letters: Control Systems, Communications, Signal Processing

Conferences: CDC, ACC, ECC, ICASSP, ICRA, INFOCOM

Elsevier: Journals: Automatica, Annual Reviews in Control, Systems & Control Letters, Computer Communications, Ad Hoc Networks, Transportation Policy

Springer: Journals: VLDBJ, BIT Numerical Mathematics, Numerische Mathematik, Supercomputing; Conference: VLDB

ACM: Journal: Transactions on Networking; Conference: KDD

SIAM: Journals: SIOPT, SIMAX; Conference: SDM

AMS: Mathematics of Computation

Other: Conferences: IFAC, IJCAI, Allerton


Awards & Recognition

2020 ACM Senior Member

USTC Alumni Foundation Innovation Scholar award (中国科大新创校友基金会“新创学者奖”)

2019 USTC Alumni Foundation Innovation Scholar award (中国科大新创校友基金会“新创学者奖”)

2016 IEEE Senior Member

2014 IBM High Value Patent award

2012 SDM travel award

2011 IBM Invention Achievement award

2010 Gerondelis Foundation Scholarship

2008 Vodaphone graduate fellowship

2001-2004 Papakyriakopoulos award; Tziafetas award; Scholarship from the Greek National Scholarship Foundation