Foundations and Methodologies for Future Communication and Sensor Networks (COMONSENS)


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Funding: Spanish Ministry of Education and Science, CONSOLIDER Program (Top Excellence Program)

Principal Investigator: Prof. Baltasar Beferull-Lozano

Topic: The project focuses on the fundamental theory, algorithm design and implementation for both wireless communication networks and sensor networks. There is an urgent need to completely rethink the architecture of wireless communication networks. The development of more flexible, robust and efficient wireless network configurations seems possible only if radically new schemes, such as those based on the idea of cooperative communication, are devised. Thus, we are moving towards a new paradigm for wireless networking in which the relationship among nodes will be inherently collaborative, adaptive, and aimed at optimizing the flow of information. This ambitious goal demands establishing and thoroughly understanding the theoretical foundations and methodological tools involved. It is also critical to develop the fundamental theory behind wireless sensor networks. The fundamental theory needed to both understand and optimally build these systems is still far from developed. There is an imperative need to advance the theoretical characterization of sensor networks, and this can only be attained via a continued cross-fertilization among several disciplines that have traditionally been studied separately. This includes networking, information theory, and statistical learning, all of them combined with proper algorithmic development and implementation assessments in order to impact important practical applications of both societal and scientific interest.

Role: Leader of WP Algorithm Design and Applied Methodologies, and strong participation in Distributed communications and in the Wireless Sensor Network Testbed design for demonstration.

Period: 2009 – 2014