My dissertation talk

This is why I’ve not been posting, but hopefully that will change.

Beyond the ABCs of AVCs : robust and adaptive strategies for future communication systems

Anand D. Sarwate
Advisor : Michael Gastpar
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
University of California, Berkeley

Thursday, May 15
1-2 PM
521 Cory Hall

Cutting-edge application areas such as cognitive radio, ad-hoc networks, and sensor networks are changing the way we think about wireless services. The demand for ubiquitous communication and computing requires flexible communication protocols that can operate in a range of conditions. This thesis adopts and extends a mathematical model for these communication systems that accounts for uncertainty and time variation in link qualities. The arbitrarily varying channel (AVC) is an information theoretic channel model that has a time varying state with no statistical description. We assume the state is chosen by an adversarial jammer, reflecting the demand that our constructions work for all state sequences. In this talk I will show how resources such as secret keys, feedback, and side-information can help communication under this kind of uncertainty. I will present results on list coding and rateless coding for discrete channel models and coding with side information for continuous channels.

And of course the most important part: refreshments will be provided!


8 thoughts on “My dissertation talk

  1. Go get ’em, Anand! I just nominated you to be a past winning student speaker for the ExploraVision competition national awards ceremony in June. You may be hearing from them soon. Good luck on your dissertation talk!

  2. Aw, damn. I’m on a plane to Massachusetts when this is going down.

    So, in lieu of supporting you in person, allow me to say: Rock their frickin’ faces.

  3. Good luck! Remember, you know more about your topic than anyone else in the room.

    And another nugget of doctoral-defense wisdom: If your defense lasts more than an hour, it’s because the faculty are talking too much about themselves. (My aunt told me this on the eve of my own defense, and lo, she was right!)

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