Energy Harvesting Networks - Resource Allocation a.. (EHNs-RAP)
Energy Harvesting Networks - Resource Allocation and Performance Evaluation
Start date: Sep 1, 2014,
End date: Jan 30, 2017
The project will focus on the design and performance evaluation of algorithms for networks of energy harvesting wireless nodes. Recent advances in the areas of energy harvesting and ultra-low-power wireless communications will soon enable the realization of such networks. They will find applications in healthcare, manufacturing, public safety, and will serve as building blocks for the Internet of Things and Cyber Physical Systems. In a recent interdisciplinary project, the PI (with other co-PIs) developed prototypes of Energy Harvesting Active Networked Tags (EnHANTs – http://enhants.ee.columbia.edu ). Building on the success of EnHANTs, we will consider the theoretical design challenges related to wireless networking. We will focus on the design and performance evaluation of resource allocation and Medium Access Control (MAC) algorithms for wireless networks composed of energy harvesting nodes. The algorithms will take into account cross-layer considerations and will deal with various functionalities, including flow control, topology control, and routing and with various environment and technological constraints.The PI will visit Tel Aviv University (Israel), and hence, an important component of the project is transfer of knowledge to the European research community from Columbia University and the EnHANTs project. The project will expose European researchers and students to new problems, provide them access to the U.S. research infrastructure, and allow them to establish long-term collaborations with researchers in Columbia. We believe that the research and knowledge transfer activities will make an impact on the areas of Cyber-physical systems and Internet of Things, and will contribute to the European competitiveness in these emerging areas.Finally, an important component is outreach to school children and undergraduate students. We will expose them to science, engineering, and research concepts in order to motivate them to embrace research careers.
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