Mobile Ad Hoc Networks

 

Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (MANETS) are comprised of nodes that function independently of, but in cooperation with, each other to establish a network with no fixed infrastructure.  These have applications in commerce, academia, emergency services, and the military.  For example, a fire-fighting team would be able to establish an maintain a network as it enters a forest and carry that network with it as it maneuvers to combat the forest fire.  To be effective, MANETs must automatically configure and reconfigure themselves as the different nodes move, enter, or leave the area, without any action on the part of the MANET's users.  We can't have a MIS technician parachuting out into the wilderness to set user IDs or establish router connections.  It must be all automatic and as reliable as possible.

The technical problems involved in carrying this off are immense, but they seem solvable and lots of people are working on it.  Here are links to some of the main ones.

My research focus is on the nature of wireless radio links and how that behavior specifically affects MANETs.  My objective is to forward the development of robust MANET routing protocols by developing tools and techniques that realistically consider the impact of fine-grained variability in signal strength.  Here are a few discussions of that topic.

This research is supported by the Center for Stochastic Modeling at New Mexico state University and a software grant from OPNET Technologies Inc.  This page should change several times during the summer, so you may want to check back often.

Revised: jpm28nov2005