Thursday, March 20th, 2003
Room 104, Gates Computer Science Building

How to Build Robust Wireless LANs

Victor Bahl
Microsoft Research

About the talk:

The Holy Grail for many RF engineers is to design a radio that consumes very little energy, supports very high data rate, and conforms to the rules and regulations set by the FCC. While the quest for such a radio continues, we offer an alternative solution to achieving these goals. Two or more radios working together in a single wireless NIC can improve system performance and functionality dramatically over a traditional single radio wireless LAN system. We have built a system that proves that such a configuration solves classical wireless networking problemsefficiently. In this talk, I will present our on-going research on multi-radio wireless systems covering topics such as power conservation, fair scheduling, mobility, and capacity enhancements.

About the speaker:

Victor Bahl is a Senior Researcher and a Manager in the Systems and Networking Group at Microsoft Research. His research interests span a wide variety of problems related to wireless networking. Several of his ideas have found their
way into Microsoft products. He has authored over 50 papers and 34 pending and issued patent applications. He is the founder and Chair of ACM SIGMOBILE; the founder and past editor-in-chief of ACM MC2R; and the founder of ACM MobiSys Conference. He has served on the Steering Committee and Technical Program Committee of over 30 international conferences and workshops. He is the recipient of Digital's Doctoral Engineering Award and SIGMOBILE's Distinguished Service Award. He received his Ph. D from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.