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Wireless networks, from collective behavior to the physics of propagation


Franceschetti, Massimo (2003) Wireless networks, from collective behavior to the physics of propagation. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology.


This thesis addresses some of the key challenges in the emerging wireless scenario. It focuses on the problems of connectivity, coverage, and wave propagation, following a mathematically rigorous approach. The questions addressed are very basic and extremely easy to state. Their solution, however, can be difficult and leads to the development of a new kind of percolation theory, to a new theorem in geometry, and to a new model of wave propagation in urban environments. The problems are connected together to provide guidelines in the design of wireless networks.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:covering algorithms; path loss; percolation theory; wave propagation; Wireless networks
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Electrical Engineering
Awards:Charles and Ellen Wilts Prize, 2003
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Bruck, Jehoshua (advisor)
  • Schulman, Leonard J. (co-advisor)
Thesis Committee:
  • Hassibi, Babak
  • Bruck, Jehoshua
  • Schulman, Leonard J.
  • McEliece, Robert J.
  • Abu-Mostafa, Yaser S.
Defense Date:2 October 2002
Author Email:massimo (AT)
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-05202003-154451
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ID Code:1887
Deposited By: Imported from ETD-db
Deposited On:21 May 2003
Last Modified:12 Jun 2013 20:55

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