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A New Paradigm for Efficient Space Communications: Rateless Coding with Unequal Error Control and Data Fusion


University of Mississippi/NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Goddard Space Flight Center, Science Mission Directorate

Students present posters to disseminate the research outcome of this NASA project in a NSF BWAC workshop at Oxford, Mississippi on January 15, 2015. One of these posters has been awarded as the best poster in the workshop.

Jon Hamkins, Ph.D., NASA Technical Monitor, Supervisor, Information Processing Group Communications Architectures and Research Section Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Dr. Lei Cao, Science PI, Associate Professor, University of Mississippi

The funding of this grant has formed an energetic group at The University of Mississippi, including Drs. Peter Sukanek, Lei Cao, Ramanayaranan Viswanathan and John Daigle, focusing on some key wireless technologies for space communications. Through this grant, the research team has also built strong collaboration with Dr. Kenneth S. Andrews at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Dr. Natarajan Meghanathan at Jackson State University. This grant has already generated some interesting outcomes, which have been disseminated through various ways. The research team had attended the BWAC (Broadband Wireless Access & Applications Center) workshop held at Oxford, Mississippi from January 15-16, 2015, which was sponsored by the NSF I/UCRC (Industry & University Cooperative Research Centers Program). The team had presented the scientific outcome of this NASA project in two regular lectures and four student posters in the workshop. These presentations have covered areas of file delivery with fountain codes, decoding of fountain codes in wireless channels, sensor localization, signal detection and decentralized data fusion. One of the posters, titled “Divergencebased Soft Decision for Decentralized Signal Detection of Correlated Sensor Data,” was selected by the industry attendees from six different companies to receive the best poster award of the workshop. In addition to research and technology development, this grant greatly enhances faculty development and higher education in Mississippi. One new course titled “Signal Detection” has been developed and offered to our graduate students due to this research. This grant also supports several graduate students and two undergraduate students including a woman student to gain hands-on research experience.

NASA EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15



EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15  

NASA Office of Education’s Aerospace Research & Career Development (ARCD) is pleased to release NASA EPSCoR Stimuli, a collection of univers...

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