Center For Wireless Communications
Wireless systems: stochastic and optimal resource allocation, network design and control, multi-access control, and topology design in ad hoc systems.
The wireless network is the province of Professor Tara Javidi, whose has focused her research on ways to provide more data at lower cost to more network users. In other words, she is interested in scalable and optimal utilization and sharing of resources among autonomous users. That could also sum up the task of highway traffic engineers in urban centers. As anybody familiar with the Internet or urban freeways knows, unregulated access to ever more data or wider highways can result in what's known as the tragedy of the commons, or gridlock. A significant challenge in wireless networks is cross-layer design, or designing complex, interacting systems that are inherently limited in both local and end-to-end bandwidths. To model cross-layer designs of broadband wireless networks, Javidi uses novel methods to address fundamental tradeoffs between fairness, optimal allocation, and decentralization.
Professor Javidi received a B.S.E degree in 1996 from the Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran, and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan in 1998. She received another M.S. in applied mathematics in 1999, and a Ph.D. in E.E.C.S. in 2002, both from Michigan. Javidi joined the University of Washington an assistant professor in 2002, and won an NSF Career Award in 2004.