Ana Laura Diedrichs

Ana Laura Diedrichs

Personal biography

Ana Laura Diedrichs got her Information System Engineer degree in 2009 in Facultad Regional Mendoza, Universidad Tecnológica Nacional (FRM UTN), with 24 years old. During her studies, she applied for an DAAD-UTN scholarship and spent a semester (2008-2009) such as exchange student in the Technische Universität Carolo-Wilhelmina zu Braunschweig (Brunswick, Germany), taking part of the “WISEBED- Future Internet” project. Thank to this experience, she took contact with wireless sensor networks research. Back to FRM UTN, she took part of GridTICs research group, whose director is Ing. Gustavo Mercado, dealing with wireless sensor networks. In 2010 she and her coworkers received the 1st prize in the “Concurso de Proyectos Estudiantiles Simposio Argentino de Sistemas Embebidos” (Argentine Symposium of Embedded Systems) presenting the project “Método de Acceso de Bajo Consumo para IEEE 802.15.4” (low-power scheduling in IEEE 802.15.4). Since then, she has participated in several conferences in Argentina such as ARGENCON 2014, CASE 2013, SASE 2012, ENIDI 2009 giving talks about WSN topics. In addition, she has participated in the IJCAI school (International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence) on september 2014. Thanks to the UTN doctoral scholarship and the direction of her advisor Dr. Facundo Bromberg, she became a PhD student (2012-2016) at FRM UTN. Her research focuses on “Prediction of frost location using machine learning and wireless sensor networks”. The damage caused by the frost takes place when the temperatures are below than a tolerable limit for the plants. Each phenological state, e.g flowering, has a variable cold hardiness, so the lethal temperature is also variable. Freezing climatic events are the most dangerous, because they affect a large land surface. In order to study the micro-climate phenomenon of frost in Mendoza, Ana has been working with the GridTICs team designing a WSN, where sensors were distributed in the vineyards vertically as well horizontally; because the air temperatures change in both directions, and the plant has also different cold hardiness in the organs like trunk, flowers, shoots. On the other hand, for a better understanding of the phenomenon, she and Bromberg propose a study of the sensor relationships in order to improve the frost prediction. They are exploring the variables relationships using the independence approach by learning Markov Network structures from the environmental data. The analysis of the Markov blanket of particular sensors helps to identify which neighbor sensors could improve the prediction. The research is focused about the use of Markov networks as a supervised machine learning technique, for the feature selection purpose, and they are considering to improve other supervised learning techniques for inference. Another problem they are interested in is how to optimize the sensor locations in a field, in order to maximize the prediction power of the algorithms.

During 2007 and 2012, she worked on software designs and development using .NET and JAVA technologies in IT Companies. She can deal with different programming languages such as C, C++, java, web programming (CSS, javascript, html, etc), R, python and so on. Since 2012, she has been lecturing Teleinformatics (Electronic Engineer Department) and Machine learning (Information System Department) as teacher assistant in FRM UTN. She has also participated and organized a WSN Seminar (2010-2012) in FRM UTN open to the public. Besides spanish, her mother tongue, she can speak german and english. She enjoys her free time traveling, trekking, camping, cooking, learning languages and spending time with family and friends.

Interested in the following research topics: wireless sensor networks (WSN), context aware sensor networks, cognitive radio, machine learning, internet of things (IoT), multi-agent systems, reinforcement learning techniques, micro-climate prediction and behaviour.

Interested in the following technologies: contiki os, simulation tools, 802.15.4e TSCH,6tisch, issues for outdoor deployment of WSN.

Memberships: ISOC, ISOC Argentine chapter, IEEE, AAIA (Argentine Association of Artificial Intelligence), Club Andinista Mendoza (mountain climber club in Mendoza)


• Low-power wireless sensor network for frost monitoring in agriculture research Ana Laura Diedrichs, Germán Tabacchi, Guillermo Grünwaldt, Matías Pecchia, Gustavo Mercado and Francisco González Antivilo, ARGENCON 2014

• Characterization of LQI behavior in WSN for glacier area in Patagonia Argentina. Ana Laura Diedrichs, Maria Ines Robles, Diego Dujovne, Facundo Bromberg and Gustavo Mer- cado, CASE 2013

• Aplicaciones de Internet de las Cosas SIPIA6 - Red de Sensores Inalámbricos con IPv6. Poster WICC 2013,G. Mercado, R. Borgo, F. Gonzalez Antivilo, C. Taffernaberry, A. Diedrichs, M. Aguirre, M. Robles, G. Grünwaldt , G. Tabacchi, S. Tromer,M. Pecchia

• Uso de Sensores Inalámbricos como herramienta para investigación Agronómica , Resumen, Primer Simposio Argentino de Viticultura y Enología. 9,10,11/11/2011. Mendoza

• Red SIPIA: Red de sensores inalámbricos para la investigación agronómica,G. Mercado,R. Borgo, F. Gonzalez Antivilo, G. Ortiz Uriburu, A. Diedrichs, P. Farreras, M. Aguirre, F. Battaglia, G. Tabacchi, S. Tromer. Presentación en XIII Workshop de Investigadores en Ciencias de la Computacion, Mayo 2011 en Rosario, Argentina.

• The Wireless Embedded Internet,G. Mercado, A. Diedrichs y M. Aguirre, Anales del CASE 2011, ISBN 978-987-9374-69-6, Buenos Aires Marzo 2011

• Método de Acceso de Bajo Consumo para IEEE 802.15.4. Aguirre, Diedrichs, Egea, Godoy, Mercado. V EnIDI (Encuentro de Investigadores y Docentes de Ingeniería). Edición 2009 formato CD, ISBN No 978-950-42-0121-2 • Alarma Hogareña con Tecnología Inalámbrica basada en IEEE 802.15.4 Aguirre, Diedrichs, Egea, Godoy, Mercado. Ponencia publicada en en el “I Congreso Virtual de Microcontroladores y sus Aplicaciones”. Edición digital. 2009 Organización del Congreso:

His academic director is Dr. Facundo Bromberg, and his codirector is Dr. Diego Dujovne.

Cargo: Ayudante de primera
Rol: Becario doctoral
Rol: Becario doctoral