Prof. Jeff Andrews was recently chosen as a recipient of a $400K National Science Foundation CAREER award. The NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) recognizes promising young faculty members using a highly competitive peer-review process.
Dr. Andrews' research focuses on understanding the fundamental performance limits and characteristics of ad hoc wireless networks, particularly at the physical layer. Ad hoc networks are far more challenging to design and analyze than centralized (for example cellular) networks due to the distributed nature of the nodes, and the unpredictable interference experienced by the receivers in the network. As a result, despite increasing interest, ad hoc networks have not become widely deployed. If successful, Professor Andrews' research plan will help provide theoretically-grounded guidelines for this emerging application of wireless technology.