Merav Parter: The topology of wireless communication

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
32-G725 **note room change
Merav Parter
Abstract: We study the topological properties of wireless communication maps and their usability in algorithmic design. We consider the SINR model, which compares the received power of a signal at a receiver against the sum of strengths of other interfering signals plus background noise. To describe the behavior of a multi-station network, we use the convenient representation of a \emph{reception map}. In the SINR model, the resulting \emph{SINR diagram} partitions the plane into reception zones, one per station, and the complementary region of the plane where no station can be heard. We consider the general case where transmission energies are arbitrary (or non-uniform). Under that setting, the reception zones are not necessarily convex or even connected. This poses the algorithmic challenge of designing efficient point location techniques as well as the theoretical challenge of understanding the geometry of SINR diagrams. One of our key results concerns the behavior of a $d+1$-dimensional map. Specifically, although the $d$-dimensional map might be highly fractured, drawing the map in one dimension higher "heals" the zones, which become connected. We also consider algorithmic applications, and propose a new variant of approximate point location. 

Joint work with Erez Kantor, Zvi Lotker and David Peleg.