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CESG Seminar: “Prototyping Medium Access Control Protocols for Wireless Networks”

March 31, 2017 @ 4:10 pm - 5:10 pm

| Free

 Simon Yau – Texas A & M University


Abstract: Due to increasingly dense wireless deployments, increasing demand for multimedia applications, and plans to offload cellular traffic onto unlicensed bands, the efficiency of Medium Access Control (MAC) protocols has become critical to the performance of wireless networks. While many MAC protocols have been proposed, very few have been experimentally evaluated to establish realistic performance. Easy experimental evaluation of MAC protocols requires a flexible platform that is readily capable of implementing a wide range of protocols. MAC protocols have very strict timing requirements, which leads to tight coupling between the protocols and the underlying hardware. In this talk, we will present a platform for prototyping MAC protocols that uses a Mechanism vs Policy separation architecture which allows researchers to rapidly prototype different classes of MAC protocols, as well as some of the issues related to prototyping MAC protocols.

Bio: Simon Yau is a Computer Engineering PhD candidate at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University. His research interests are in prototyping Medium Access Control protocols for current generation and next generation wireless networks. He has worked on several projects with National Instruments (NI) where some of his work is used in their 802.11 Application Framework. He currently leads the team for developing WiMAC, a rapid prototyping platform for MAC protocols and has given demonstrations of the platform at NI’s annual conference, NI Week, and SIGCOMM ’15. In addition to that, he is also currently working on developing an Unmanned Traffic Management system for


March 31, 2017
4:10 pm - 5:10 pm


WEB, Room 236-C
Wisenbaker Engineering Building