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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. doi:10.7907/SCTG-FN57.


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
Thesis Committee:
  • McEliece, Robert J. (chair)
  • Hassibi, Babak
  • Bruck, Jehoshua
  • Schulman, Leonard J.
  • Abu-Mostafa, Yaser S.
Defense Date:2 October 2002
Non-Caltech Author Email:massimo (AT)
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-05202003-154451
Persistent URL:
Franceschetti, Massimo0000-0002-4057-8152
Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:1887
Deposited By: Imported from ETD-db
Deposited On:21 May 2003
Last Modified:30 Aug 2022 20:11

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