Erkip and Yuksel consider wireless communication and its discontents at IEEE 2007

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering Elza Erkip, along with doctoral student Melda Yuksel, has made another contribution to the burgeoning field of cooperative wireless communications. A paper the two published on the subject, “Diversity-Multiplexing Tradeoff in Half-Duplex Relay Systems,” has been selected as the Best Paper of the Communication Theory Symposium of the IEEE International Conference on Communications 2007.

The paper considers the problem of achieving both reliability and high data rate in wireless channels by examining cooperation strategies that can provide the best tradeoff between the two objectives. It was selected as the best paper for the communication theory symposium by the symposium’s chairs, Peter McLane of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont. and Murat Uysal of the University of Waterloo, Ont.

The paper will be presented by Yuksel, who was awarded an Office of Naval Research travel grant of $1,000 to attend the conference in Glasgow, Scotland. She defended her doctoral thesis successfully on June 21, four days before the conference opens.

Erkip is one of the pioneers of cooperative communications. She won the IEEE Communications Society’s 2004 Stephen O. Rice Prize in the Field of Communications Theory for her papers, “User Cooperation Diversity - Part I and Part II,” coauthored by Andrew Sendonaris and Behnaam Aazhang.

ICC is a flagship conference of the IEEE Communications Society. It has one of the highest citation rates of any conference in the communications area, according to co-chair John Thompson, a professor at the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Digital Communications.