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Title, Abstract, and Biography

Title: "Relays Diversified"


Abstract

This talk will assess the recent explosion of research on wireless communications assisted by relaying. Two groups initiated this era by demonstrating that, much like multi-antenna systems, relaying can provide spatial diversity to combat fading and shadowing in wireless environments. These works bridged a gap between modern wireless systems and traditional information-theoretic treatments, e.g., the relay channel model studied by van der Meulen and Cover and El Gamal and the generalized feedback model studied by Carleial and Willems. Numerous potential applications in cellular, mesh, ad hoc, and sensor networks have reignited examination of relaying by the information theory, communications, signal processing, and networking research communities that still continues today. The talk will highlight how these communities have considerably diversified the architectures and algorithms for wireless relaying, improved understanding of fundamental limits, developed testbed implementations, and contributed to standards bodies.


Biography

J. Nicholas Laneman is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. He earned Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, in 2002 and 1997, respectively, and B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and in Computer Science from Washington University, St. Louis, MO, in 1995. His current research interests are in communications architecture---a combination of information theory, signal processing for communications, network protocols, and hardware design--- specifically for wireless systems. He received a PECASE and NSF CAREER Award in 2006, a ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award in 2003, and the MIT EECS Harold L. Hazen Teaching Award in 2001. He is a member of IEEE, ASEE, and Sigma Xi.



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