May 1, 2006
"Ad Hoc Wireless Networks: A Communication-Theoretic Perspective," a new book written by ECE Professor Ozan Tonguz and his research associate, Gianluigi Ferrari, has been listed as the top bestseller among the networking titles in the area of communication technology books published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
"This is currently a hot research area, especially because there is an increasing need for connectivity 'anywhere' and, in particular, 'anyhow' (with and without a fixed telecommunications infrastructure)," write the authors in the book's introduction.
One of the new paradigms in wireless communications that will prevail in the next few decades is ad hoc networking. In addition to its use in military applications, this paradigm shift in wireless networking has the potential to improve human life on several fronts including environmental, disaster relief, commercial, and biomedical applications.
While several researchers and groups have been studying this new paradigm in the last several years using very different approaches (such as routing-based, information-theoretic, dynamic control, and game-theoretic), most of these studies emphasize higher layers of the protocol stack, taking a "top-down" approach, paying little attention to the physical layer and its interaction with higher layers.
In this book, Tonguz and Ferrari adopt a different perspective, namely a "bottom-up" approach, studying the physical layer performance of ad hoc wireless networks in detail and showing the strong dependence of higher layer performance on physical layer capabilities and limitations. They present a communication-theoretic perspective on the design of ad hoc wireless networks, showing that the interaction between physical layer and higher layers (such as Media Access Control (MAC) and networking layers) in ad hoc wireless networks is critical. This new perspective leads to several interesting results in the practical design of ad hoc wireless networks.
The book is written at a level that is accessible not only to people who are working in the area of networking and communication systems, but also to the non-expert reader.
Professor Tonguz is the Associate Director of the Center for Wireless and Broadband Networking (CWBN) at Carnegie Mellon. Ferrari is an Assistant Professor at the University of Parma in Italy, and researched ad hoc networks at Carnegie Mellon while on leave.
This new book, by ECE Professor Ozan Tonguz and his research associate, Gianluigi Ferrari, is the top bestseller among networking titles in the area of communication technology books published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.