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Illinois Wireless Summer School

August 3-7, 2009

To be held at
Room 1404, Siebel Center for Computer Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
201 N. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, Illinois

Attendance at the wireless summer school is open to students and faculty from all universities, and colleagues from industry and government organizations. The primary target audience for the summer school is graduate and undergraduate students. The topics to be covered in the summer school will include antennas, physical layer issues, wireless networking protocols, wireless security, and wireless standards. The summer school will provide the attendees an opportunity to learn about issues affecting various aspects of a wireless system, and also an opportunity to interact with each other. For the agenda for the summer school, click here

Students may apply for a travel grant as described below. Attendance at the summer school will be limited. To attend the summer school, please apply using the webpage provided below.

Send any inquiries regarding the summer school to Prof. Nitin Vaidya (

Application to Attend the Summer School & Travel Grant Request

********** We are not accepting new applications anymore. ******* Number of registrations for the summer school will be limited. There is no registration fee for the summer school. If you wish to attend the summer school, please apply via the webpage at Travel grant requests can also be made as a part of this application. Please note some of the requested information (such as resume, and a reference) need only be provided by students who wish to apply for a travel grant. Applicants will be informed of the decisions via e-mail once a decision has been made on their application. While the application page may remain open after June 20, the decision process will begin on May 1. Apply by June 20, 2009 for full consideration.

Travel grant recipients must attend the summer school to be able to get reimbursed for the travel expenses. Only actual travel expenses up to the grant amount can be reimbursed. Foreign citizens in the United States on certain visas may be ineligible for travel reimbursement. (F-1 visa holders are eligible for travel reimbursement. J-1 visa holders require a formal authorization from their J-1 visa sponsor before they can receive travel reimbursement).

Selection committee for the summer school consists of the following members:

  • Stefano Basagni, Northeastern University
  • Rong-Rong Chen, University of Utah
  • Teresa Dahlberg, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  • Romit Roy Choudhury , Duke University
  • Sanjay Shakkottai, University of Texas-Austin
  • Nitin Vaidya, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Heather Zheng, University of California-Santa Barbara

Hotel and Dormitory Accommodations

  • A dormitory (Illinois Street Residence Hall) at the University of Illinois will be available for the attendees at the rate of $25.65 per night for double-occupancy, and $39.45 per night for single-occupancy. To reserve a room at the Illinois Street Residence (ISR) Hall please visit Please see the Note at the bottom of the reservation page, as well as the ISR for more information regarding ISR. The ISR dining hall will be open for most of the dates of the summer school. The attendees staying at ISR may optionally purchase meal passes at the front desk at ISR.

  • Hampton Inn, Urbana: A block of rooms is available to the attendees at the summer school at the rate of $99 per night at the Hampton Inn located at 1200 West University Avenue, Urbana, Illinois. The hotel location is within a short walk from the location of the summer school. Please call the hotel directly to make a reservation. The group name for the room block for the summer school is ICWS.

  • There are many other hotels in the Urbana-Champaign area. Links to a few of these hotels are available at the ICWS Directions webpage. Alternatively, look for hotels in Urbana, Illinois or Champaign, Illinois on travel agent websites.

Travel Information

Champaign and Urbana are adjacent towns. Champaign airport code is CMI, and the airport is presently served by American Airlines (via Chicago and Dallas) and Northwest Airlines (via Detroit). Other airports in the vicinity include Bloomington, Illinois (airport code BMI) at approximately 50 miles, Indianapolis, Indiana at approximately 120 miles, Chicago O'Hare at approximately 155 miles, and Chicago Midway at approximately 140 miles.

Shuttle service by Lincolnland Express is available from Chicago airports. Contact Linoclnland Express (LEX) directly for more information or to make a reservation. Amtrak (train) and Greyhound (bus) provide service between Champaign and Chicago downtown.

For directions to the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from nearby airports, click here.

Summer School Venue

Lectures for the summer school will be held in room 1404 of the Siebel Center for Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For directions to the Siebel Center, please click here. Registration desk will be set up outside the above room in Siebel Center. The street address for the Siebel Center is: 201 N. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, Illinois.

For directions to the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from nearby airports, click here.

Travel Reimbursement

Instructions for reimbursing travel expenses have been sent previously to all attendees who have been awarded travel support. If you have not already submitted the necessary documents for reimbursement, please mail them to the address below:

Barbara Horner
Room 131 Coordinated Science Laboratory, MC-228
1308 West Main Street
Urbana, IL 61801

Phone: 217-265-0839

Google Group for Attendees

Some of the attendees have formed a Google group to keep in contact with each other. You may subscribe to this group by visiting


National Science Foundation


Rockwell Collins

QUALCOMM Incorporated

Microsoft Research

NEC Labs
Coordinated Science Laboratory

Department of Computer Science @ UIUC

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering @ UIUC

Final Agenda

August 3, Monday 8:00Registration
8:30 Welcome (slides)
Nitin Vaidya, Director, Illinois Center for Wireless Systems (ICWS)
Ilesanmi Adesida, Dean, College of Engineering, University of Illinois
9:15 - 10:30
11:00 - 12:00
1:45 - 2:45
Fundamentals of Wireless Communications
Venugopal V. Veeravalli, University of Illinois
Xinzhou Wu, Qualcomm (slides)
Prof. Veeravalli's presentation based on the slides and notes available from (see Handouts).
3:15 - 4:15 Antennas for Wireless Communication
Jennifer T. Bernhard, University of Illinois
4:30 - 5:30 Poster presentations: Room 301 and 369 in Coordinated Science Laboratory
August 4, Tuesday 8:30 - 10:00 Wireless Networking Primer (Slides)
Nitin Vaidya, University of Illinois
10:30 - 12:00
1:30 - 3:00
Wireless Network Coding
Dina Katabi, MIT
Sachin Katti, University of California-Berkeley
3:30 - 5:00 Invited Talk: P. R. Kumar, University of Illinois
Providing Delay Guarantees in Wireless Networks (Slides)

Invited Talk: Victor Bahl, Microsoft Research
White Space Networking - Past, Present & Future
August 5, Wednesday 9:00 - 10:30
11:00 - 12:30
Wireless Security and Privacy
Wade Trappe, Rutgers University
Yih-Chun Hu, University of Illinois
2:00 - 3:30 Panel: Future Research Directions in Wireless Networks
Klara Nahrstedt (Moderator), University of Illinois
Tarek Abdelzaher, University of Illinois
Saurabh Bagchi, Purdue University
Randall Berry, Northwestern University
Bruce Hajek, University of Illinois
Robin Kravets, University of Illinios
3:30 - 5:00 UIUC Lab tour available
August 6, Thursday 9:00 - 10:30
11:00 - 12:30
Architectures and Algorithms for Wireless Networks (slides)
R. Srikant, University of Illinois
Atilla Eryilmaz, Ohio State University
2:00 - 3:30 Invited Talk: Dilip Krishnaswamy, Qualcomm: Heterogeneous Adhoc WWAN Access Architectures
(this talk is based on a paper by the speaker)
3:30 - 4:30 UIUC Lab tour available
5:00 - 7:00 Qualcomm Reception, Levis Faculty Center (Directions to Levis Faculty Center)
August 7, Friday 8:30 - 10:00
10:30 - 12:00
Emerging Broadband Wireless Technologies
Amitava Ghosh, Motorola
12:00 Wrap-up

The summer school is supported in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation.