Research Areas - Communications & Networking (COMNET)


Communications and networking research covers the range from theory to implementation of on-chip, optical, wired and wireless communication networks. Algorithm and protocol design, and system-wide policy considerations in large scale deployments of communication infrastructures are all areas of active research. Fundamental work on some of the core problems of information theory, networking, data compression, coding, and multi-user communications is emphasized. Problem formulations are guided by the needs of modern applications such as magnetic recording, digital television, voice-and-video over wireless, and gaming.


  • Wireless and Sensor Networks

    Architectures and protocols for ad-hoc, mobile and vehicular networks. Multiple antennas. Opportunistic communication, cognitive radio, and spectrum sharing. Distributed source coding. Distributed estimation. Spatial sampling.

  • Network Design and Analysis

    Optical networking. Market-based architectures. Incentive compatibility. Auction design. Peer-to-peer networks. Quality of Service. Communication for control. Cross-layer optimization. Network coding. Simulation tools.

  • Implementation

    Energy-efficient transceivers. VLSI Implementation of codes. Ultra low-energy wireless sensors. Communication system/circuit co-design.

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