Communications and Networks Research Lab


Researchers in the Communications and Networking Laboratory are actively engaged in addressing key challenges that face the future generation broadband communication networks.

More specifically, researchers in the wireless communications and networking area are investigating design and fundamental information-theoretic analysis of energy efficient next generation wireless networks that can deliver very high data rates anytime anywhere, via the MIMO-OFDM technology proposed for the new wireless communication standards such as Long-Term Evolution — Advanced (LTE-A), and re-thinking of cellular network design via a hierarchical structure involving macro, micro, pico and femto-cells.¬†Emerging technologies such as cognitive radios are also being investigated to address the problem of spectrum scarcity. A number of researchers are also investigating how to design more energy efficient wireless video communication networks.

Researchers in the optical communications domain are investigating the problem of reducing the carbon footprint of the next generation Internet (for more information, see Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications), along with the design and analysis of broadband networks that seamlessly integrate wireless and optical communications technologies via Passive optical networking (PON). Networking researchers are investigating practical inference methods for Internet measurement, sophisticated accurate clock synchronization techniques over the Internet and aspects of Information-theoretic security.

More details on these and other related projects can be found in the following list of projects.


Achieving cost effective abatement from Australian electricity generation

Researchers: Michael Brear, Chris Manzie, Tansu Alpcan, Dragan Nesic

Codes over rings

Researchers: Margreta Kuijper

Easing the squeeze: dynamic and distributed resource allocation with cognitive radio

Researchers: Tansu Alpcan, Subhrakanti Dey

Energy efficiency of next generation networks

Researchers: Katrina Franks, Kerry Hinton (CI), Rod Tucker, Arun Vishwanath

Games and mechanisms for shaping the evolution of power grid and demand

Researchers: Tansu Alpcan, Rob Evans, Mohammad Aldeen, Michael Brear

Gigabit wireless access using millimeter-wave over optical fiber systems

Researchers: Masud Bakaul, Thas Nirmalathas, Christina Lim, Stan Skafidas

Gigabit wireless: setting the standard for tomorrow's broadband

Researchers: Jamie Evans, Margreta Kuijper, Subhrakanti Dey, Brian Krongold, Feng Li, Phil Yeoh

Internet Measurement

Researchers: Darryl Veitch

Internet of Things for Creating Smart Cities: Designing an urban information architecture

Researchers: Jayavardhana Gubbi Lakshminarasimha, Marimuthu Palaniswami, Jayavardhana Gubbi, Slaven Marusic

Internet services energy star rating

Researchers: Elaine Wong, Chien Aun Chan, Ampalavanapillai Nirmalathas, Christopher Leckie, Andre Gygax.

Large scale multiple antennas for energy-efficient heterogeneous wireless networks

Researchers: Phee Lep Yeoh, Brian Krongold

Network Timing System

Researchers: Darryl Veitch, Julien Ridoux

Network Tomography

Researchers: Darryl Veitch, Julien Ridoux, Salman Malik

Precision Timekeeping Infrastructure: bridging the hardware/software divide

Researchers: Julien Ridoux, Darryl Veitch

Scalable and energy-efficient deployment of video services over next generation networks

Researchers: Elaine Wong, Chien Aun Chan, Ampalavanapillai Nirmalathas, Christopher Leckie, Andre Gygax.

The impact of the mass adoption of electric cars on the Australian electricity grid

Researchers: Iven Mareels, Doreen Thomas, Marcus Brazil, Kevin Prendergast, Tansu Alpcan, Julian de Hoog

Trustworthy sensor networks - theory and implementation

Researchers: Marimuthu Palaniswami, Christopher Leckie, Yee Wei Law, Sutharshan Rajasegarar

Uni TV

Researchers: Ken Clarke

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Assoc Prof Elaine Wong

Director, Communications and Networks