
Pai, Srikanth B
The classical binary error correcting codes, and subspace codes for error correction in random network coding are two different forms of error control coding. We identify common features between these two forms and study the relations between them using the aid of lattices. Lattices are partial ordered sets where every pair of elements has a least upper bound and a greatest lower bound in the lattice.
We shall demonstrate that many questions that connect these forms have a natural motivation from the viewpoint of lattices. We shall show that a lattice framework captures the notion of Singleton bound where the...

Ganesan, T
In wireless communication systems, the use of multiple antennas, also known as MultipleInput MultipleOutput(MIMO) communications, is now a widely accepted and important technology for improving their reliability and throughput performance. However, in order to achieve the performance gains predicted by the theory, the transmitter and receiver need to have accurate and uptodate Channel State Information(CSI) to overcome the vagaries of the fading environment. Traditionally, the CSI is obtained at the receiver by sending a known training sequence in the forwardlink direction. This CSI has to be conveyed to the transmitter via a lowrate, low latency and noisy feedback channel in...

Venugopalakrishna, Y R
This thesis proposes and analyzes data fusion algorithms that operate on the physical layer of a wireless sensor network, in the context of three applications of cognitive radios: 1. Cooperative spectrum sensing via binary consensus; 2. Multiple transmitter localization and communication footprint identification; 3.Target selflocalization using beacon nodes.
For the first application, a cophasing based data combining scheme is studied under imperfect channel knowledge. The evolution of network consensus state is modeled as a Markov chain, and the average transition probability matrix is derived. Using this, the average hitting time and average consensus duration are obtained, which are used to...

Gorur, Pushkar
High resolution surveillance video cameras are invaluable resources for effective crime prevention and forensic investigations. However, increasing communication bandwidth requirements of high definition surveillance videos are severely limiting the number of cameras that can be deployed. Higher bitrate also increases operating expenses due to higher data communication and storage costs. Hence, it is essential to develop low complexity algorithms which reduce data rate of the compressed video stream without affecting the image fidelity. In this thesis, a computer vision aided H.264 surveillance video encoder and four associated algorithms are proposed to reduce the bitrate. The proposed techniques are (I) Speeded...

Vaidhiyan, Nidhin Koshy
Our vision is as yet unsurpassed by machines because of the sophisticated representations of objects in our brains. This representation is vastly different from a pixelbased representation used in machine storages. It is this sophisticated representation that enables us to perceive two faces as very different, i.e, they are far apart in the “perceptual space”, even though they are close to each other in their pixelbased representations. Neuroscientists have proposed distances between responses of neurons to the images (as measured in macaque monkeys) as a quantification of the “perceptual distance” between the images. Let us call these neuronal dissimilarity indices...

Rao, Shilpa Dinkar
Wireless sensor networks(WSNs) have a diverse set of applications such as military surveillance, health and environmental monitoring, and home automation. Sensor nodes are equipped with precharged batteries, which drain out when the nodes sense, process, and communicate data. Eventually, the nodes of the WSN die and the network dies.
Energy harvesting(EH) is a green alternative to solve the limited lifetime problem in WSNs. EH nodes recharge their batteries by harvesting ambient energy such as solar, wind, and radio energy. However, due to the randomness in the EH process and the limited amounts of energy that can be harvested, the EH...

Krishnachaitanya, A
We consider a wireless communication system in which there are N transmitterreceiver pairs and each transmitter wants to communicate with its corresponding receiver. This is modelled as an interference channel. We propose power allocation algorithms for increasing the sum rate of two and three user interference channels. The channels experience fast fading and there is an average power constraint on each transmitter. In this case receivers use successive decoding under strong interference, instead of treating interference as noise all the time. Next, we u se game theoretic approach for power allocation where each receiver treats interference as noise. Each transmitterreceiver...

Manikandan, R R
There has been a huge rise in interest in the design of energy efficient wireless sensor networks (WSN) and body area networks (BAN) with the advent of many new applications over the last few decades. The number of sensor nodes in these applications has also increased tremendously in the order of few hundreds in recent years.
A typical sensor node in a WSN consists of circuits like RF transceivers, microcontrollers or DSP, ADCs, sensors, and power supply circuits. The RF transmitter and receiver circuits mainly the frequency synthesizers(synthesis of RF carrier and local oscillator signals in transceivers) consume a significant...

Mohapatra, Parthajit
In multiuser wireless communications, interference not only limits the performance of the system, but also allows users to eavesdrop on other users’ messages. Hence, interference management in multiuser wireless communication has received significant attention in the last decade, both in the academia and industry. The interference channel (IC) is one of the simplest information theoretic models to analyze the effect of interference on the throughput and secrecy of individual messages in a multiuser setup. In this thesis, the IC is studied under different settings with and without the secrecy constraint. The main contributions of the thesis are as follows:
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Sainath, B
Relayassisted cooperative communication exploits spatial diversity to combat wireless fading, and is an appealing technology for next generation wireless systems. Several relay cooperation protocols have been proposed in the literature. In amplifyandforward (AF)relaying, which is the focus of this thesis, the relay amplifies the signal it receives from the source and forwards it to the destination. AF has been extensively studied in the literature on account of its simplicity since the relay does not need to decode the received signal.
We propose a novel optimal relaying policy for twohop AF cooperative relay systems. In this, an average powerconstrained relay adapts...

Ashok Kumar, M
We study minimization problems with respect to a oneparameter family of generalized relative entropies. These relative entropies, which we call relative entropies (denoted I (P; Q)), arise as redundancies under mismatched compression when cumulants of compression lengths are considered instead of expected compression lengths. These parametric relative entropies are a generalization of the usual relative entropy (KullbackLeibler divergence). Just like relative entropy, these relative entropies behave like squared Euclidean distance and satisfy the Pythagorean property. We explore the geometry underlying various statistical models and its relevance to information theory and to robust statistics. The thesis consists of three parts.
In...

Moorthy, Prakash Narayana
This thesis deals with the problem of code design in the setting of distributed storage systems consisting of multiple storage nodes, storing many different data les. A primary goal in such systems is the efficient repair of a failed node. Regenerating codes and codes with locality are two classes of coding schemes that have recently been proposed in literature to address this goal. While regenerating codes aim to minimize the amount of datadownload needed to carry out node repair, codes with locality seek to minimize the number of nodes accessed during node repair. Our focus here is on linear codes...

Sanjeev, G
Cognitive Radio (CR) has received tremendous research attention over the past decade, both in the academia and industry, as it is envisioned as a promising solution to the problem of spectrum scarcity. ACR is a device that senses the spectrum for occupancy by licensed users(also called as primary users), and transmits its data only when the spectrum is sensed to be available. For the efficient utilization of the spectrum while also guaranteeing adequate protection to the licensed user from harmful interference, the CR should be able to sense the spectrum for primary occupancy quickly as well as accurately. This makes...

Vadlamani, Lalitha
In this thesis, three problems have been considered and new coding schemes have been devised for each of them. The first is related to distributed function computation, the second to coding for distributed storage and the final problem is based on locally correctable codes. A common theme of the first two problems considered is distributed computation.
The first problem is motivated by the problem of distributed function computation considered by Korner and Marton, where the goal is to compute XOR of two binary sources at the receiver. It has been shown that linear encoders give better sum rates for some...

Sharma, Abhay
Consider a large population containing a small number of defective items. A commonly
encountered goal is to identify the defective items, for example, to isolate them. In the classical nonadaptive group testing (NAGT) approach, one groups the items into subsets, or pools, and runs tests for the presence of a defective itemon each pool. Using the outcomes the tests, a fundamental goal of group testing is to reliably identify the complete set of defective items with as few tests as possible. In contrast, this thesis studies a nondefective subset identification problem, where the primary goal is to identify a “subset” of...

Ananya, S N
Orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) in next generation wireless systems provides high downlink data rates by employing frequencydomain scheduling and rate adaptation at the base station (BS). However, in order to control the significant feedback overhead required by these techniques, feedback reduction schemes are essential. Bestm feedback is one such scheme that is implemented in OFDM standards such as Long Term Evolution. In it, the sub channel (SC) power gains of only the m strongest SCs and their corresponding indices are fed back to the BS.
However, two assumptions pervade most of the literature that analyze bestm feedback in OFDM...