ECE ILLINOIS graduate student wins first in the ACM SIGCOMM student research competition

10/12/2018 Allie Arp, CSL

ECE ILLINOIS graduate student Suraj Sanjay Jog recently placed first at the ACM SIGCOMM student research competition for his work in increasing wireless network capacity and performance.

Written by Allie Arp, CSL

Each year, dozens of students submit their work to the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Data Communication (ACM SIGCOMM) Conference Student Research Competition. Last month, after three rounds of competition, third-year doctoral student Suraj Jog was announced as the overall winner of graduate student division.

Suraj Jog
Suraj Jog
Jog is working with ECE ILLINOIS Assistant Professor Haitham Al-Hassanieh and Professor Romit Roy Choudhury, W.J. "Jerry" Sanders III - Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Scholar in Electrical and Computer Engineering, to increase wireless network capacity and performance. Doing so would allow multiple users to access high bandwidth, like the kind needed for virtual reality, simultaneously. Current standards are unable to support this level of access. Both Al-Hassanieh and Choudhury are affiliated with the Coordinated Science Lab.

To improve network capacity the group is exploiting current beam patterns of millimeter waves to find where the waves link and could be reused for additional bandwidth.

"Millimeter wave is a new wireless technology that offers a huge amount of bandwidth," said Al-Hassanieh. "The radios use very directional, narrow transmission, which allows us to pack many wireless links on the same channel without creating interference. Thus, we can increase the network output by increasing the number of links."

Haitham Al-Hassanieh
Haitham Al-Hassanieh
Jog submitted his work to the conference months ago. It was accepted and he presented at a poster session that took place at the annual conference last month in Budapest, Hungary.

"I got some good pieces of advice before the first round," Jog said. "Be energetic, and show your excitement about your work. It turned out really well."

After the initial session, semi-finalists were announced at a conference banquet. As the next step in the process, he gave a 10-minute presentation with a question-and-answer session about the research. Jog credits this presentation with giving him the edge over his competitors.

"As soon as the finalists were announced, I went and looked at all the other posters," Jog remembers. "I realized the opportunity for me to stand out was the presentation. It was the first time I experienced presenting when body language and attitude mattered. How you present the information really matters."

Romit Roy Choudhury
Romit Roy Choudhury
While Jog emerged the victor, he still has one more phase of the competition to complete. He will compete against students who won the competition at other conferences in the Grand Finals. More details will be available in March 2019.

He is not finished perfecting his research either. Jog hopes to improve networking protocols in low-power IoT networks.

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This story was published October 12, 2018.