Usable Coverage Mapping

Usable Coverage Mapping for Large Area Networks

PIs: Douglas Sicker and Dirk Grunwald

The problem of mapping the extent of “usable” coverage of an existing wireless network is important

Measurements of recieved signal strength of a municipal WiFi network in Portland, Oregon.

in a large number of applications, including communicating the abilities of the network to users, identifying
coverage gaps and planning expansion, and determining possible sources of interference with other
networks. Our research here addresses fundamental but unsolved problems of measurement-based wireless coverage mapping: where should measurements be made, how many are necessary, and what can be said about
the coverage at points that have not been measured.

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Selected Publications

  • Caleb Phillips, Douglas Sicker, and Dirk Grunwald. The Stability of the Longley-Rice Irregular Terrain Model for Typical Problems. University of Colorado at Boulder, Tech. Report. CU-CS-1086-11. September, 2011. (download)

  • Caleb Phillips, Douglas Sicker, and Dirk Grunwald. Bounding the Practical Error of Path Loss Models in Urban Environments. IEEE Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks 2011 (DySPAN 2011). Aachen, Germany. May 3-6, 2011.
  • Caleb Phillips, Scott Raynel, Jamie Curtis, Sam Bartels, Douglas Sicker, Dirk Grunwald and Tony McGregor. The Efficacy of Path Loss Models for Fixed Rural Wireless Links. Passive and Active Measurement Conference 2011 (PAM 2011). Atlanta, Georgia. March 20-22, 2011.
  • Caleb Phillips, Russell Senior, Douglas Sicker, and Dirk Grunwald. Robust Coverage and Performance Testing for Large-Area Wireless Networks. AccessNets 2008. Las Vegas, Nevada. October 15 – 17, 2008.

Caleb Phillips, Douglas Sicker, and Dirk Grunwald. The Stability of the Longley-Rice Irregular Terrain Model for Typical Problems. University of Colorado at Boulder, Tech. Report. CU-CS-1086-11. September, 2011. (download)