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Full name: 
Mary Ann Weitnauer
Job title: 
Assoc Chair-Academic
; Senior Associate Chair
Technical Interest Groups: Telecommunications
Email address: 
Cent 5140

Dr. Mary Ann Weitnauer (formerly Mary Ann Ingram) has been a member of the ECE faculty since completing her doctorate at Georgia Tech in 1989. Her research focus since the mid 1990s has been the application of multi-element arrays (MEAs) to wireless communications, with emphasis on multi-hop ad hoc, mesh, and sensor networks. She established the Smart Antenna Research Laboratory, which performs both experimental and theoretical studies. Lately, SARL has been developing and testing medium access control (MAC) and network layer solutions for multi-hop networks that have the ability to do cooperative transmission (CT) and distributed multi-input-multi-output (MIMO) at the physical layer. Synchronization for such distributed or virtual arrays is thus a current interest. The protocols are being demonstrated on a 40-node network of software defined radios (SDRs) in practical environments and topologies. SARL has developed Link Layer and Network Layer protocols that extend the life of multi-hop wireless sensor networks, including those that do energy harvesting. SARL also develops signal processing algorithms for impulse radio–ultrawideband (IR-UWB) radar for the purpose of non-contact vital signs measurement.

Research interests: 
  • Wireless communication
  • Cooperative transmission
  • Distributed MIMO
  • MAC and routing for wireless ad hoc and sensor networks
  • IR-UWB radar
  • Best Paper Award, First IEEE International Symposium on Wireless Vehicular Communications (WiVEC 2007), Baltimore, Maryland, 30th September - 1st October 2007
  • Best Paper Award, International Conference on Sensor Technologies and Applications (SENSORCOMM 2007), Valencia, Spain, October 14-20, 2007
  • Best Paper Award, IEEE INFOCOM, Hong Kong, March 2004
  • Technical Program Committee Member for WPMC'08 and '05, VANET'08, PIMRC'08, RAWCON'04 and '03
  • Senior Member, IEEE
  • Symbol Technologies Distinguished Lecturer, January 2001
  • Research Initiation Award, National Science Foundation, 1991

Jiang J.-S. and Ingram, M.A., "Spherical wave model for short-range MIMO," to appear in the IEEE Transactions on Communications.

Ingram, M.A., "Measurement, modeling and performance of the MIMO channel," in Adaptive Antenna Arrays: Trends and Applications, Satish Chandran, ed., Springer Verlag, ISBN 3-540-20199-8, July 2004.

Sundaresan K., Sivakumar R., Ingram M. A. and Chang T.-Y., "A Fair Medium Access Control Protocol for Ad-hoc Networks with MIMO Links", Proc. IEEE INFOCOM, Hong Kong, March 2004.

Utility Patent no. 6509836, "Smart Reflection Antenna System and Method," issued January 21, 2003

Kim, D.; Ingram, M.A.; Smith, W.W., Jr., "Measurements of small-scale fading and path loss for long-range RF Tags," IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, Vol. 51, No. 8, pp. 1740-1749, August 2003.

Demirkol, M.F. and Ingram, M.A., "Stream Control in Networks with Interfering MIMO Links," Proc. IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC), New Orleans, LA, 16-20 March 2003.

Li, K-H; Ingram, M.A;, Van Nguyen, A., "Impact of clustering in statistical propagation models on link capacity," IEEE Transactions on Communications, Volume: 50 Issue: 4, pp. 521 -523, April 2002.

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