Cooperative Wireless Networks
Mobile devices currently communicate via fixed cellular terminals and a fixed network structure. Future developments will foster the principle of ad-hoc communication. Devices will communicate directly, giving rise to a completely different wireless and self-organizing network without any need for static infrastructure.
This new concept of communication, i.e. devices acting as relays for other devices' data, offers a broad range of application possibilities. The concept could be applied to car-to-car accident warnings or networking autonomous robots. Beyond this, the introduction of relays promises to improve the existing, conventional cellular systems.
Lakeside Labs is developing innovative communication protocols and transmission techniques in this area. "Our transmission protocols promise gains in throughput and energy efficiency of mobile systems," explains Evsen Yanmaz. Together with a team of five researchers, Professor Bettstetter and Professor Huemer have been working on the project for five years. Various scientific advances have been made and their work has generated four patent applications and a test bed.