Distributed Wireless Networking with An Enhanced Physical-Link Layer Interface, Supported by The National Science Foundation (CNS Award 1618960)
   
Abstract: The development of future wireless systems requires a network architecture that simultaneously addresses communication efficiency and system modularity. Due to the inefficiency of current network architectures, most existing networks adopt the structure of using wireless communication only at the last hop. The goal of this project is to develop an enhanced physical-link layer interface to solve the architectural inefficiency problem in wireless part of the special-structured networks, mainly for the distributed communication and networking model. By equipping a link layer user with multiple transmission options, the new interface enables advanced communication adaptation at the link layer that exploits wireless capabilities such as power, rate, and antenna adjustments. The project will establish an important bridge toward the integration of information and network theories, and will serve as an example wireless architecture development that seeks to minimize its disturbance to the operation of wireline systems.
 
Research activities supported:
Distributed channel coding
Medium access control for distributed wireless networks
 
Related Publications:
F. Heydaryan, Y. Tang, J. Luo, "Distributed Multiple Access with Multiple Transmission Options at The Link Layer," unpublished, September 2020.
Y. Tang, F. Heydaryan, J. Luo, "Distributed Multiple Access with A General Link Layer Channel," Ad Hoc Networks, Vol. 85, pp. 120-130, March 2019.
Y. Tang, F. Heydaryan, J. Luo, "Distributed Coding in A Multiple Access Environment," Foundations and Trends in Networking, Vol. 12, No. 4, pp. 260-412, Now Publishers, 2018.
Y. Tang, F. Heydaryan, J. Luo, "Distributed MAC over a General Multi-packet Reception Channel," The International Symposium on Modeling and Optimization in Mobile, Ad Hoc, and Wireless Networks, Avignon, France, June 2019.
Y. Tang, F. Heydaryan, J. Luo, "Distributed Capacity of A Multiple Access Channel," IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, Marakech, Morocco, April 2019.
Y. Tang, F. Heydaryan, J. Luo, "On Utility Optimization in Distributed Multiple Access over a Multi-packet Reception Channel," IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, Barcelona, Spain, July 2016.
Y. Tang, "Distributed Wireless Networking with An Enhanced Physical-Link Layer Interface," Ph.D. Thesis, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Colorado State University, November 2018.
 
Teaching and training activities:
Wireless Playground Assistant (ECE 401/402, 2019, with Zachary Carrell, Roger Roberson)
HoppoRoo! (ECE 401/402, 2017, with Garet Bergeron, Ty Henningsen)
HoppoRoo! (ECE 401/402, 2016, with Jake Lord, Jake Poirier)
 
Other broader impact activities:
Paper publication, conference presentations.
Integration of research results into ECE516 (Information Theory) and ECE303 (Introduction to Communication Principles).
Pariticipation in the educational reform project "Revolutionizing Engineering Education" (RED).
 
Students supported: Faeze Heydaryan, Yanru Tang, Anamay Kane