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Packet Reception Study Wins Best Paper Prize for Ming Hsieh Faculty Fellow and Collaborators

"The Kappa Factor: Inferring Protocol Performance Using Inter-link Reception Correlation"
Eric Mankin
November 29, 2010 —

Bhaskar Krishnamachari, in collaboration with Stanford University professor Phil Levis, and students Kannan Srinivasan, Mayank Jain, Jung Il Choi, Tahir Azim, and Edward S. Kim, has received the Best Paper Award at the 16th Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking.

Bhaskar Krishnamachar
Krishnamachari is an associate professor in the Viterbi School's Ming Hseih Department of Electrical Engineering-Systems and a Viterbi School Ming Hsieh Faculty Fellow. He also has a joint appointment in the Viterbi School Department of Computer Science.

MobiCom is a prestigious and highly selective conference that focuses on wireless and mobile networks. The group’s prize-winning paper titled "The Kappa Factor: Inferring Protocol Performance Using Inter-link Reception Correlation," investigated and developed a metric for the correlation of packet receptions in wireless networks. It also showed the impact of this metric on the performance of wireless routing protocols.

MobiCom, the Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking, has been held every year since 1995. The conference serves as the premier international forum addressing networks, systems, algorithms, and applications that support the symbiosis of mobile computers and wireless networks. The conference covers all areas of mobile computing and mobile and wireless networking at the physical layer and above.

"Our department joins me in congratulating Bhaskar Krishnamachari and his research colleagues for their Best Paper Award at MobiCom 2010," said Alexander (Sandy) Sawchuk, Chair of the Ming Hsieh EE-Systems Department.  "This award is a noteworthy confirmation of the quality and significance of their research."

Early this year, Krishnamachari received the American Society for Engineering Education's 2010 Frederick Terman Award. He received the NSF CAREER award in 2004, and the Viterbi School of Engineering Junior Faculty Research Award in 2005.

He has received best paper awards at the IEEE/ACM Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN 2004) and the ACM Symposium on Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Wireless and Mobile Systems (MSWiM 2006). He serves as an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, the ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks, ACM Mobile Computing and Communications Review, and the Elsevier Journal on Ad Hoc Networks. He is a member of the IEEE, and the Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering and Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Societies.

Krishnamachari obtained his B.E. in electrical engineering at The Cooper Union (1998), and his M.S. (1999) and Ph.D. (2002) degrees at Cornell.