Maria-Gabriella DI BENEDETTO

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Coordinate and drive the European research on Ultra Wide Band, investigating and testing the capabilities of UWB for both Very High Data Rate (above 1 Gb/s) and Low Data Rate with Localization and Tracking applications



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From January 2004 to December 2005

ROLE: Coordinator

Maria-Gabriella Di Benedetto

Sapienza University of Rome,
Department of Information Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunications (DIET)
Via Eudossiana, n. 18 - Roma

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Wireless lans

Other participants:

GWT (Ger), Thales EE (Ger), STMicroelectronics (Swi), Mitsubishi Electric (Fr), Philips PRL (UK), Thales Communications (Fr), IBM Zurich (Swi), CRM (Fr), University of Oulu (Fin), VTT (Fin), Telefonica (Spa), Robotiker (Spa), Acorde (Spa), IHP (Ger), RadioLabs (Ita), Università di Ilmenau (Ger), IMST (Ger), ETH (Swi), Università di Atene (Gre), Universita’ di Dresda (Ger), Universita’ di Karlsruhe (Ger), ENSTA-ARMINES (Fra), Wisair (Isr), Pulse Technology (Rus), CEA-Leti (Fr), Motorola (Ger), I2R (Singapore), IDA (Singapore), Philips CDS (Hol)


The PULSERS project aims at advancing the state of the art of research on Ultra wide band radio, by gathering expertise from partners all over Europe and abroad. The key objective of the project is to provide new concepts and architectures for Physical (PHY), Medium Access Control (MAC) and higher layers, up to definition of user scenarios, and to validate such concepts and architectures by developing hardware and software platforms. Research will investigate two basic classes of UWB radio systems, Single Antenna Systems (SAS) and Multiple Antenna Systems (MAS). For both classes, PHY concepts for two major modes, HDR and LDR-LT, will be considered. For both HDR and LBR-LT modes, very innovative medium access control (MAC) features will be studied, modelled and designed. Optimised concepts will be developed up to implementation for efficient management of very high data rate (possibly beyond 1 Gbit/s) for the HDR systems, while completely new lightweight protocols will be studied in order to cope with the stringent constraints of very low cost, very low power (including processing power) LDR-LT systems. In the framework of the PULSERS project, the INFO-COM Department will contribute on the definition of new MAC concepts for both the HDR and LDR-LT modes, with focus on access medium, resource management and innovative network organization strategies, taking into account the localization capability of UWB. This research is carried out in the framework of the Networking with UWB group.