Haeupler wins prize for algorithm

February 22, 2013

Ad hoc networks — communication networks set up on the fly by mobile sensors — pose problems that ordinary office networks don’t. Ad hoc networks are usually decentralized, meaning that no one node knows what the network as a whole looks like. One of the questions raised by decentralized networks is how to relay messages so that they will reliably reach all the nodes, even when the network’s shape is unknown. At the ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms this month, Bernhard Haeupler, a graduate student in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, won one of two best-student-paper prizes for a new algorithm that answers that question. Continue reading here.

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