ECE Distinguished Lecture Series with Professor Behnaam Aazhang

4:00 pm on Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Photonics Center, 8 Saint Mary’s St., Room 211

Context Aware Wireless Networks: A Physical Layer Perspective

With Professor Behnaam Aazhang

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Center for Multimedia Communication (CMC), Rice University

Center for Wireless Communications (CWC), University of Oulu

Faculty Host: Bobak Nazer

Refreshments will be served outside Room 339 at 3:45 p.m.

Abstract: The recent surge in wireless data usage has demonstrated one important fact – our networks are not ready for application-rich mobile Internet. All of our current wireless architectures, including Wi-Fi and cellular, are based on interference avoidance that advocates eliminating simultaneous transmissions to avoid collisions at the receivers. In contrast, if neighboring nodes pool their resources and cooperate in their signal transmissions, the network could turn interference to its advantage for a potentially large increase in network capacity.

In this presentation, Professor Aazhang will propose a paradigm in which nodes cooperate by pooling power and bandwidth resources and where flows interact opportunistically to avoid interference and increase network utilization. In particular, he will explore location information and network awareness to develop access strategies to significantly increase spectral and power efficiencies of the network. This presentation is targeted to an audience with a broad range of expertise and background.

About the Speaker: Behnaam Aazhang received his B.S. (with highest honors), M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1981, 1983, and 1986, respectively.

From 1981 to 1985, he was a research assistant in the Coordinated Science Laboratory, University of Illinois. In August 1985, he joined the faculty of Rice University in Houston, Texas, where he is now the J.S. Abercrombie Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. In addition, he holds an Academy of Finland Distinguished Visiting Professorship appointment (FiDiPro) at the Center for Wireless Communication (CWC) in the University of Oulu in Oulu, Finland. He served as the founding director of Rice’s Center for Multimedia Communications from 1998-2006. His research interests are in the areas of communication theory and information theory, as well as their applications with emphasis on multiple access communications, cellular mobile radio communications, and wireless communication networks.

Dr. Aazhang is a Fellow of IEEE, distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Communication Society, and recipient of the 2004 IEEE Communication Society’s Stephen O. Rice best paper award for a paper with A. Sendonaris and E. Erkip. He has been listed in the Thomson-ISI Highly Cited Researchers and has been a keynote and plenary speaker of several conferences. He has served on Houston Mayor’s Commission on Cellular Towers (1998-2004); as the Editor for Spread Spectrum Networks of IEEE Transactions on Communications (1993-1998); the Treasurer of IEEE Information Theory Society (1995-1998); the Secretary of the Information Theory Society (1990-1993); the chair of the Technical Program Committee for the 2005 Asilomar Conference, in Monterey, Calif.; the general chair of the 2006 Communication Theory Workshop in Dorado, Puerto Rico; the co-technical program chair of 2008 WPMC in Lapland, Finland; and the co-general chair of the 2010 International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT) in Austin, Texas.