The Electrical Engineering Department at Stanford University started a new advanced research program on Wireless Personal Communications in October 1993 under Professor Donald C. Cox, who had previously been Executive Director of Radio Research at Bellcore and earlier had done research in cellular radio, satellite systems and PCS at Bell Laboratories. In this program, faculty and graduate students explored new wireless access techniques, new signal processing techniques for implementing access technologies and new mobility management techniques for large scale networks. In order to demonstrate the feasibility of the new techniques, large scale computer simulations were created and executed. Wireless systems and architectures were synthesized and analyzed. Prototype circuits were built and tested in the laboratory, and channel models were created and refined from propagation measurements.
Prof. Cox's Research Interests