Research: Projects


  • Homayoun Yousefi'zadeh
  • Office Location: 2402 Calit2 Building
  • Mailing Address:
    University of California, Irvine
    Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
    Irvine, CA 92697-2625
  • Office: 949.824.0380

Mobile Ad Hoc Networks - MANETs*

MANETs (Mobile Ad hoc NETworks) are collections of autonomous mobile wireless nodes that transmit and receive data and rich media content in real time without relying on established infrastructures like cell towers, routers or access points.

MANETs are most useful when flexibility and fluidity matter. Because they are independent of fixed infrastructure, MANETs can be constructed for specific tasks, disassembled when the job is complete, and reassembled elsewhere, making them practical for military, emergency, and even sensor applications.

The research group in this second floor lab is developing a MANET testbed. Researchers are creating custom MANET cross-layer protocol software that controls software-defined radios (SDRs), and designing and implementing new protocols in an attempt to improve MANET performance and efficiency while reducing costs.

The hardware and software act in tandem, giving the user options tailored to optimize performance in specific environments.  The goal is for the “smart” radios to automatically adjust to changing circumstances like impeded sightlines or simultaneous transmissions.

The software will also facilitate scalability by letting devices change the way in which they transmit or receive messages based on the number of nodes participating in a communication scenario.