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Summer Time

While we had high hopes for the spring semester and blogging, it is time to get back into the swing of things. With the summer upon us, we are looking at a few key research topics. The topics include:

  • WiFi Offloading: We have been working on WiFi offloading for quite some time now looking at things from the perspective of our smartphone study. We plan to do an updated literature survey with respect to WiFi offloading. Originally, we were going to do a survey on D2D communications but it turns out there is already a fairly nice survey by Asadi, Wang, and Mancuso that is up on arXiv.
  • Fast Mobile Network Characterization: We are planning on rolling out our fast mobile network characterization (FMNC) tool. If all goes well, there should be a bit of funding coming in (we hope) and our plan is to make all of the data that the tool gathers publicly available via daily data dumps. The long / short story on the tool is that we can deliver pretty sweet accuracy in terms of link quality characterization in less than 500 ms with less than 10k of data, aka iperf on steroids.
  • Millimeter wave / spectrum characterization: We have a bit of a dark horse project in the works related to our pending NSF MRI. The idea is to explore just how small we can make a broadband spectrum characterization. Prof. Pratt from our EE department had pointed out some gear from S2 Corporation that does 20 GHz (seriously, 20 GHz, I am kind of speechless) that seems like science fiction but is totally sweet (assuming with a totally sweet price tag) S2 - Spectrum Analyzer. Ours will be a bit more humble than that but still fairly cool.
  • Hotspot 2.0: We hopefully will have a good chunk of the campus WiFi infrastructure set up for logging metadata in preparation for the fall. In particular, we are looking to explore actual dynamics that might occur in an ANDSF / Hotspot 2.0 environment rather than just the hypothetical ones. Very, very keenly interested in load balancing opportunities versus what is available in practice. My suspicion is that load balancing will be one of those neat things where you have a choice between the 90, 91, or 87 percent congested APs rather than the 20, 89, or 53 percent congested APs espoused in theory.
  • NetSense crunching: As always, we will be crunching on our NetSense data. It looks quite likely that we will do a small cohort this fall to validate a few theories. We will be ramping up our D2D caching work as well.
  • Wii Balance Board code release: After several years in the making, we have now captured a good chunk of the instrumentation code into something that we can release publicly. The newly dubbed MBP-M framework (Motion-Based Peripheral Management) is a set of C# code that will be fully open-sourced and has a nice set of well-threaded, robust mechanisms for gathering data. If all goes well, we hope to release that in June along with an update to our MATLAB ports of WiimoteLib.

I am also hoping this summer to fully jump into the blogging thing after years of trying to do so. I have a stack of great papers and a few smaller projects that will hopefully serve as ample fodder along with a set of topics from the spring on various administrative perspectives that need to be crafted. I will do my best to try to separate out the two with reasonable tagging to help categorization for anyone who does follow this effort.

May 23, 2014 : Prof. Aaron Striegel

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