Ramanathan to discuss multimedia streaming in home networks

Published: Sep 27, 2007 4:48:57 PM
Media Contact: Cheryl Cobb, cobbche@auburn.edu, 334.844.2220

Parmesh Ramanathan, professor and chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, will give the next lecture in the wireless engineering seminar series on Friday, October 5 at 3 p.m. in Broun Hall 235. Ramanathan will discuss the use of multimedia streaming in home networks.

Home networks are increasingly called upon to support applications such as audio/video streaming and interactive gaming. These applications usually involve multicasting the stream from a media server to multiple consoles over a mix of wireless and wired links. Unfortunately home networks often do not have sufficient bandwidth to handle these multimedia applications. In this talk, Ramanathan will describe some of his recent work addressing the challenges of home networks using techniques such as rate adaptation, layered coding and network coding.

Ramanathan's research interests are in the areas of sensor networks, wireless ad hoc networks, mobile computing, fault-tolerant computing, real-time systems and distributed systems. Support for his work has come from federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation, DARPA and the U.S. Army, as well as companies such Cisco, AT&T, Telcordia Technologies, Johnson Controls and Chrysler Motors Corporation.