Computer Science Talk

Computer Science Talk

Ossama Younis

Applied Communication Science

April 3, 2013

Research Talk – Abstract

RI 376 @ 1:00pm

Title: Optimized Design/Configuration of Wireless Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks



Optimization of wireless network design/configuration has relied on discrete-event simulators that measure performance metrics. However, the design of future tactical networks prior to battlefield deployment faces significant challenges due to the diversity of algorithms/protocols that can be used and the variety of parameters/parameter settings. This talk is composed of two parts. In the first part, we show how to automatically select algorithms and parameter settings to optimize a desired objective and satisfy certain constraints. We propose a novel heuristic (Sequential Parameter Optimization or SEPO) for searching through the possible settings and selecting the design options. SEPO is very efficient in terms of both parameter optimization and convergence speed. In the second part of this talk, we discuss how to optimize the lifetime of a wireless sensor network by activating/deactivating sets of sensors in the field without compromising the quality of field coverage.


Ossama Younis is a senior research scientist at Applied Communication Sciences (formerly, Telcordia Applied Research). He received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from Purdue University, USA in August 2005. From 2005 till 2007, he was an assistant research scientist at the University of Arizona (ECE Department). He has served as the web chair of IEEE ICNP 2008 and on the technical program committees of several international conferences. His research interests are in the architecture and experimentation of network protocols and applications, especially wireless sensor networks, cognitive-radio networks, Internet tomography, secure protocol design, and cross-layer optimization. He is a member of the ACM and the IEEE.