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Corey E. Baker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering at the University of Kentucky (UK). He directs the Network Reconnaissance (NetRecon) Lab where his research investigates real-world applications of opportunistic delay tolerant networks (DTNs), software defined networks (SDNs), and human centered design to empower device-to-device (D2D) social networks for crowd sourcing information in rural remote patient monitoring, smart cities, and natural disasters to improve the livelihood of people. Professor Baker received a B.S. degree in Computer Engineering from San Jose State University (SJSU), a M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA), and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Florida (UF) under the supervision of Professor Janise McNair, meaning I’m part of the Ian F. Akyildiz family tree. After completion of his graduate studies, Baker was a University of California Presidents Postdoctoral Fellow in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of California San Diego under the mentorship of Tara Javidi and Ramesh Rao. Baker was later a Visiting Scholar in the Electrical Engineering department at the University of Southern California under the mentorship of Bhaskar Krishnamachari.

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Academic Positions

  • 2018 - present Assistant Professor

    Computer Science
    University of Kentucky

  • 2017 Visiting Scholar

    Electrical Engineering
    University of Southern California

  • 2015-2017 UC President's Postdoc Fellow

    Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Qualcomm Institute
    University of California San Diego

Selected Awards

Network Reconnaissance (NetRecon) Lab Research Projects

The Network Reconnaissance (NetRecon) Lab is directed by Professor Corey E. Baker. The NetRecon Lab conducts research in the area of cyber physical systems specializing in opportunistic wireless communication for the Internet of Things (IoT), smart cities, smart homes, and mobile health environments. Our research is situated in the evaluation and real-world application of delay tolerant networks (DTNs), mobile ad-hoc networks (MANETs), and software defined networks (SDNs) to empower device-to-device (D2D) social networks for crowd sourcing information. Leveraging D2D communication provides complementary solutions to traditional networks which are typically dependent upon centralized infrastructures such as the Internet. The goal of our research is to make data accessible in the midst of intermittent and poor connectivity while minimizing delay.

Selected Publications

More Publications

Enabling Opportunistic Low-cost Smart Cities By Using Tactical Edge Node Placement

In 2021 16th Annual Conference on Wireless On-demand Network Systems and Services Conference (WONS), 2021 (Selected as a top paper)
Madamori, Oluwashina and Max-Onakpoya, Esther and Erhardt, Gregory D and Baker, Corey E
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Augmenting Cloud Connectivity with Opportunistic Networks for Rural Remote Patient Monitoring

In 2020 International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications (ICNC), 2020 (Acceptance: 24.9%)
Max-Onakpoya, Esther and Madamori, Oluwashina and Grant, Faren and Vanderpool, Robin and Chih, Ming-Yuan and Ahern, David K and Aronoff-Spencer, Eliah and Baker, Corey E
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Barn-Raising on the Digital Frontier: The L.A.U.N.C.H. Collaborative

Hesse BW, Ahern DK, Ellison M, et al. Barn-raising on the digital frontier: The L.A.U.N.C.H. Collaborative. J Appalach Health 2020;2(1):6–20.
Hesse, Bradford W. and Ahern, David and Ellison, Michele and Aronoff-Spencer, Eliah and Vanderpool, Robin C. and Onyeije, Karen and Gibbons, Michael C. and Mullett, Timothy W. and Chih, Ming-Yuan and Attencio, Victoria and Patterson, Grant and Boten, Jessica and Hartshorn, Christopher and Bartolome, Ben and Gorscak, Katie and McComsey, Melanie and Hubenko, Alexandra and Huang, Bin and Baker, Corey and Norman, Don
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Scaling Blockchains to Support Electronic Health Records for Hospital Systems

In 2019 10th IEEE Annual Ubiquitous Computing, Electronics & Mobile Communication Conference (UEMCON), 2019
Donawa, Alyssa and Orukari, Inema and Baker, Corey E
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In Vivo Evaluation of the Secure Opportunistic Schemes Middleware

In ICDCS, 2017 (Acceptance: 15%)
Baker, Corey E and Starke, Allen and Hill-Jarrett, Tanisha G and McNair, Janise
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How the Pathway to Engineering Affects Diversity in the Engineering Work-force: A Silicon Valley Case Study

In ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Seattle, WA, 2015
Baker, Corey E and Dunnavant, J and McNair, J
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