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SYTACom Seminar

MillimiterWave Wireless Networking: A Medium Access Control Perspective

Carlo Fischione
KTH Royal Institute of Technology

October 7, 2015 at  4:00 PM
McConnell Engineering Room 603


Due to spectrum scarcity in microwave bands used by legacy communication technologies, millimeter wave (mmWave) bands are considered as a promising enabler to provide multi-gigabit wireless access. However, mmWave communications exhibit high attenuations, vulnerability to obstacles, and sparse-scattering environments, which are not taken into account in the existing cellular wireless design approaches. Moreover, the small wavelengths of mmWave signals make it possible to incorporate a large number of antenna elements both at the base stations and at the user equipment, which in turn lead to high directivity gains and fully directional communications. This level of directionality can result in a network that is noise-limited as opposed to interference limited. The significant differences between mmWave networks and traditional ones challenge the classical design constraints, objectives, and available degrees of freedom. This demands a reconsideration of almost all design aspects in mmWave systems, where, despite a recent wave of investigations at the physical layer, very little can be found for the medium access control (MAC) layer. In this seminar, we give an overview on the MAC research activities on mmWave in our research group, which include localization, synchronization, random access, handover, channelization, interference management, scheduling, and association. Association challenges will be specifically highlighted by new distributed optimization solution approaches.


Dr. Carlo Fischione is currently a tenured Associate Professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Electrical Engineering and ACCESS Linnaeus Center, Stockholm, Sweden. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Information Engineering (3/3 years) in May 2005 from University of L’Aquila, Italy, and the Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering (Laurea, Summa cum Laude, 5/5 years) in April 2001 from the same University. He has held research positions at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (2015, Visiting Professor); Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (2015, Associate); University of California at Berkeley, CA (2004-2005, Visiting Scholar, and 2007-2008, Research Associate); and Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden (2005-2007, Research Associate). His research interests include optimization with applications to wireless sensor networks, networked control systems, wireless networks, security and privacy. He has co-authored over 100 publications, including a book, book chapters, international journals and conferences, and international patents. He received or co-received a number of awards, including the best paper award from the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics (2007), the best paper awards at the IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor System 05 and 09 (IEEE MASS 2005 and IEEE MASS 2009), the Best Paper Award of the IEEE Sweden VT-COM-IT Chapter (2014), the Best Business Idea awards from VentureCup East Sweden (2010) and from Stockholm Innovation and Growth (STING) Life Science in Sweden (2014), the “Ferdinando Filauro” award from University of L’Aquila, Italy (2003), the “Higher Education” award from Abruzzo Region Government, Italy (2004), the Junior Research award from Swedish Research Council (2007), the Silver Ear of Wheat award in history from the Municipality of Tornimparte, Italy (2012). He is Associated Editor of Elsevier Automatica, has chaired or served as a technical member of program committees of several international conferences and is serving as referee for technical journals. Meanwhile, he also has offered his advice as a consultant to numerous technology companies such as Berkeley Wireless Sensor Network Lab, Ericsson Research, Synopsys, and United Technology Research Center. He is co-funder and CTO of the sensor networks start-up companies Aukoti (Internet of Things indoor navigation) and MIND (ancient and modern musical instruments networked). He is Member of IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers), and Ordinary Member of DASP (the academy of history Deputazione Abruzzese di Storia Patria).