|T12: Network Coding and its Applications in Communication Networks
Presenter: Alex Sprintson, Texas A&M University
The tutorial will provide basic and in-depth knowledge of the rapidly evolving area of network coding. Network
coding generalizes network operation beyond the traditional forwarding or replication of information, allowing
network nodes to perform coding operations on information from different streams. Network coding is a novel
research area that has a great potential in benefiting many areas of networking and distributed systems. In addition,
network coding can be utilized for improving system survivability and resilience to errors.
The tutorial will cover a large spectrum of possible application of network coding in areas such as wireless
networks, network storage and sensor networks. We will summarize the resent results and potential benefits of
network coding that have been demonstrated in various aspects of networking. We will focus on the algorithmic
aspects of finding efficient network codes, covering both deterministic and randomized techniques. We will also
discuss open problems and directions for future research.
Alex Sprintson is an assistant professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M
University. He received his B.Sc. degree (summa cum laude), M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering
from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel, in 1995, 2001 and 2003, respectively. During
the summers of 2002 and 2003 he was with the Internet Management Research Department at Bell Laboratories,
Murray Hill, NJ. From 2003 to 2005 he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the California Institute of Technology.
His research interests lie in the general area of communication networks with a focus on network survivability,
QoS routing, and network coding. Current honors include having received the Wolf Award for Distinguished Ph.D.
students and the Viterbi Postdoctoral Fellowship. He was a member of the Technical Program Committee for IEEE