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CSE 709: Millimeter-wave networking, sensing, and applications

This page refers to the Spring 2017 offering of CSE 709 only. The information on this page does not necessarily apply to every offering of CSE 709.

Spring 2017


The seminar will cover the state-of-the-art in millimeter-wave (mmWave) networking and sensing. Example topics include: 60 GHz measurements in indoor/outdoor environments, 60 GHz power consumption, MAC protocol design and implementation (e.g., for beam/rate adaptation), mmWave WLANs, picocells, and mesh networks, 60 GHz data centers, mmWave mobile radar imaging, high-precision motion tracking, and vital sign monitoring.

The millimeter-wave (mmWave) technology, especially in the unlicensed frequency band around 60 GHz, is considered as one of the primary enabling technologies in the upcoming 5G mobile network architecture, offering an attractive alternative to today's over-crowded WiFi and cellular bands. The very small wavelength at 60 GHz allows for tiny antenna arrays that can form highly directional beams, enabling multi-Gbps data rates. The caveat is the high attenuation of mmWave links due to the small wavelength. For example, a human in the line-of-sight between the transmitter and the receiver can attenuate the signal by 20-30 dB, resulting in total link outage. Additionally, directional transmissions pose a great challenge to mobility as mobile clients and APs may have to continuously rearrange their beams. On the other hand, the short wavelength and high directionality translates in high sensitivity, enabling a number of wireless sensing applications, e.g., mobile radar imaging, motion tracking, and vital sign monitoring.

The seminar will be conducted in the form of paper presentations and discussions. Additionally, students will have to write reviews for a subset of the papers. Grading will be based on the quality of presentations and reviews and on class participation. The load (number of presentations/reviews) will be adjusted depending on the number of credits.

The seminar is intended for students with strong interest in wireless networking, e.g., PhD students already working in wireless networking or MS students interested in doing research in the field (in the form of independent studies and/or MS Thesis). Interested students can register for an Independent study (in addition to the seminar) where they will have the chance to work in one of the above-mentioned areas (contact me if you are interested).

None presently available.

CSE 4/589 and/or CSE 630. Students are expected to have solid background in computer/wireless networking. If you haven't take any of the pre-requisites, and you want to take this seminar, arrange for a meeting with the instructor. Send email to dimitrio@buffalo.edu including a brief description of your relevant background and why you are interested in this seminar.

Ph.D.: None.

M.S.: This course does not fulfill core area (depth) or core course (breadth) requirements.

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