Five Significant Publications


Here I am listing the 5 papers that I consider to represent my most significant work. The test for significance is of course not an objective one, and the factors that I have considered in my choice are given below, after the list of papers. I have tended to favor work that is about 10 years old or earlier because they have had a chance to prove their impact.

  1. Saurabh Bagchi, Yu-Sung Wu (Purdue U., USA), Sachin Garg, Navjot Singh, and Tim Tsai (Avaya Labs, USA) “SCIDIVE: A Stateful and Cross Protocol Intrusion Detection Architecture for Voice-over-IP Environments,” In Proceedings of the IEEE Dependable Systems and Networks Conference (DSN), pp. 401-410, June 28-July 1, 2004, Florence, Italy. (Acceptance rate: 58/276 = 21.0%)

  2. Issa Khalil, Saurabh Bagchi, and Ness B. Shroff, “LITEWORP: A Lightweight Countermeasure for the Wormhole Attack in Multihop Wireless Networks,” International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN), pp. 612-621, Yokohama, Japan, June 28 - July 1, 2005. (Acceptance rate: 24/115 = 20.9%)

  3. Xiaojuan Ren, Seyong Lee, Rudolf Eigenmann, and Saurabh Bagchi, “Resource Failure Prediction in Fine-Grained Cycle Sharing Systems,” At the 15th IEEE International Symposium on High Performance Distributed Computing (HPDC), pp. 93-104, June 19-23, 2006, Paris, France. (Acceptance rate: 24/157~15.3%) (Runner-up for best paper award)

  4. DongHoon Shin and Saurabh Bagchi, “Optimal Monitoring In Multi-Channel Multi-Radio Wireless Mesh Networks,” At the 10th ACM International Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing (Mobihoc), May 18-21, 2009, pp. 229-238, New Orleans, Louisiana. (Acceptance rate: 31/175 = 17.7%)

  5. Rajesh Krishna Panta, Saurabh Bagchi, and Samuel P. Midkiff, “Zephyr: Efficient Incremental Reprogramming of Sensor Nodes using Function Call Indirections and Difference Computation,” At the USENIX Annual Technical Conference (USENIX '09), June 14-19, 2009, pp. 411-424, San Diego, CA. (Acceptance rate: 32/191 = 16.8%)

Factors for significance in my book:

  • Breakthrough insight or system design idea – An idea that is quite different from the state-of-the-art or gives a fresh insight into what had been considered a dead end.
  • Significant follow-on work – This factor is an evolving one, especially for the more recent work that I am proud of. Still if I observe evidence of other researchers picking up the idea and developing it further or applying it to other domains, that work becomes significant in my eyes.
  • Breakthrough experimental work and significant results – It may have been a simple idea but we developed it suitably, evaluated it empirically in a comprehensive and rigorous manner on a significant system or testbed, and the results were impressive.
  • Application in other domains – This is characterized by the core Computer Science technical work finding application and significant adoption in other domains. Two primary ones have been computational genomics and earthquake engineering and simulation, where we have been involved in building robust computational infrastructures for them.
  • Prestige of the forum – If the work was accepted for a prestigious forum (conference or journal), implying thereby that it went through a rigorous review and generated discussions at the forum at which it was presented (the last factor only applies to conferences), that is a factor in the significance of the work in my eyes.