Cooperative networks and the growth of wireless infrastructures

October 17, 2008
Prof. Anna Scaglione University of California, Davis


Cellular networks and packet switched wireless networks have had remarkable success stories. Today, consumers and Internet providers are hungry for high-speed wireless data services. Wireless communication devices are also becoming omnipresent in all sorts of embedded systems. In spite of the considerably lower cost of the hardware, the cost of the support infrastructure continues to grow. Is it possible to reverse this trend? The new frontier of wireless networking is an infrastructure question. The tutorial will present the basic challenges in scaling wireless communication networks based on the multi-hop model and discuss how using new cooperative models for the transmission of the devices can provide new avenues to overcome such limitations.


Anna Scaglione received her PhD from the University of Rome "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy in 1999. She was Postdoctoral Research Affiliate at University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN) in 1999-2000.

She recently joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UC Davis in July 2008 as Associate Professor. Prior to moving to UC Davis she was on the faculty at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) where she joined in 2001 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2006. Her first academic appointment as assistant professor was in 2000, at the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM). She was awarded and is co-recipient of some awards: the 2000 IEEE Signal Processing Transactions Best Paper Award; the NSF Career Award in 2002, the Ellersick Best Paper Award (MILCOM 2005), the 2005 Best paper for Young Authors of the Taiwan IEEE Comsoc/Information theory section. She has served the IEEE Signal Processing and Communication societies in several capacities over the years, she has been Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (2002 to 2005), Co-Guest Editor of the Communication Magazine Special Issue on Power Line Communications (Broadband is Power: Internet Access through the Power Line Networks, May 2003). She has been member of the IEEE Signal Processing for Communication Technical Committee since 2004 and of the IEEE Power Line Communication committee from 2005 to 2006. She was co-general Chair of the VI IEEE Signal Processing Advances in Wireless Communications workshop, held in June 2005 in New York City.