Archive for November, 2007

PhD Position: Joint dynamic routing/coding in 802.11 wireless networks Now closed.

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Applications are invited by well-qualified applicants for a PhD position in the area of dynamic routing and coding for 802.11 wireless networks.

Wireless networks are fundamentally different from wired networks in a number of respects. A key difference is that transmissions are inherently broadcast in nature. We are interested in taking advantage of this to develop powerful new approaches for dynamically routing packets through multi-hop wireless networks. By opportunistically exploiting reception of packets at neighbouring stations, initial tests indicate that gains of x5 or greater in network capacity can potentially be achieved. However, it is not sufficient to consider just capacity, but also quality of service and so our interest is in development optimal algorithms that meet specified quality of service constraints. There is an intimate interaction between broadcast transmission and the choice of coding used. Joint design of routing and coding is therefore also expected to play a key role. Fountain codes and related methods, are very natural in this context.

The candidate should hold a BSc in Engineering/CS or a related field, and have strong analytic skills. Some background in networking, optimisation, and/or coding theory is desirable but not essential.

More information on the networking group at the Hamilton Institute is available at The Hamilton Institute is committed to research excellence. These posts offer an exciting opportunity for successful candidates to tackle fundamental research problems within a stimulating multi-disciplinary research environment with state of the art facilitiesand strong links to the international research community.

Stipend: €21000 (tax free)

To apply, candidates should submit a detailed CV, motivation letter, and the names and addresses of two referees for letters of recommendation to: Informal enquiries to Prof. Doug Leith (

Research cooperation signed with Bayer Schering Pharma

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

Dr. Wilhelm Huisinga has just signed a research collaboration contract with Bayer Schering Pharma in the field of mathematical modelling in pharmacokinetics. For more details, see