Design and Deployment of IEEE 802.15.4 ("Zigbee") Networks for Internet of Things Applications

Theatre A1
Level 1, Old Engineering Building
University of Melbourne


Public Lecture

In the context of Cyber Physical Systems and the Internet of Things, there is a growing need for the design and deployment of multihop wireless relay networks for connecting embedded sensors to the Internet. This lecture will consider the following problem - given the locations of the sensors, the traffic that each sensor generates, the quality of service (QoS) requirements, and potential relay locations, place a small number of relays at some of the potential locations so as to realise a multihop wireless relay network that achieves the desired QoS for sensor generated traffic. In some situations, it is of interest to deploy wireless relays as an agent walks through the region of deployment, placing relays judiciously as-he-goes. Professor Kumar will provide an overview of research on algorithms for addressing such problems.  Field experiences with the lab developed system, SmartConnect, will also be provided.

This lecture is organised in partnership with the Melbourne-India Postgraduate Program.

Professor Anurag Kumar

Director, Indian Institute of Science & Professor, Department of Electrical Communication Engineering

Anurag Kumar Professor Anurag Kumar obtained his B.Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur, and the PhD degree from Cornell University, both in Electrical Engineering. He was then with Bell Laboratories, for over 6 years.  He returned to India in 1988, and has since been with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, on the faculty of the Department of Electrical Communication Engineering.  Before taking over as the Director, on 1 August 2014, he was the Chair of the Electrical Sciences Division since 2007.  From 1988 to 2003 he was the Coordinator at IISc of the Education and Research Network Project (ERNET), a UNDP and Government of India collaborative national program that established India's first wide-area packet switching network.

His area of research is communication networking, specifically, modeling, analysis, control, and optimisation problems arising in communication networks and distributed systems. Recently his research has focused primarily on wireless networking.  He has been elected Fellow of the IEEE, the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), the Indian Academy of Science (IASc), and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). During the period 2005-2009, he was an area editor for the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. He received the IISc Alumni Award for Excellence in Engineering Research for 2008.  He is a J.C. Bose National Fellow, awarded by the Department of Science Technology, for the period 2011-2021. He was a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Labs, Holmdel, N.J., USA, for over 6 years. During this period he worked on the performance analysis of computer systems, communication networks, and manufacturing systems.


  • Date: Thursday 28 January 2016
  • Time: 4:00pm
  • Venue: Theatre A1, Level 1, Old Engineering Building, University of Melbourne