Ubiquitous wireless connectivity is one of the key research fields of the next 10 years. The anytime, anywhere paradigm of wireless connectivity is expected to have a profound impact on our lives. The number of devices capable to interconnect is steadily increasing, posing new and interesting research questions. A remarkable example is the quest for an efficient way to manage the access of a large number of terminals to a shared wireless medium, which is of paramount importance in order to increase the overall quality of service perceived by the users. One of the possibilities for managing the access to the medium is the Random Access (RA) paradigm, which, in its simplest ALOHA version, allows the devices to transmit whenever they have data, regardless of the activity of other peers and with the risk of creating collisions among concurrently sent packets. Based on this very simple paradigm, more and more efficient schemes have been proposed in the recent past, improving performance while adding complexity both at the receiver and at the transmitter side. As to the latter, multi-packet transmissions, pseudo random seed generation and advanced coding schemes are only some of the new features that are currently under investigation and deployment. Within this context, DLR is investigating a satellite-based maritime communications scenarios, where a large number of ships travelling on the seas or oceans need to exchange data among each other or with a station on the ground. Data are sent from the see to the satellite using RA, and a high efficiency of the communication system has to be achieved.
Goal of the thesis:
As a first step towards the definition of a maritime satellite system, the development and implementation of a portable wireless transmitter will be carried out. Such a device will be of use as a proof of concept for some key ideas and algorithms for advanced RA techniques later to be refined. To this aim, the candidate shall develop a portable transmitter with wireless capabilities, composed by a Linux based micro-PC and a radio frontend working in the WiFi frequency bands, and able to support different RA schemes. The candidate will be responsible of the following activities:
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