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Collaborative Project: A Service Centric Architecture for Efficient Spectral Utilization in Wireless Networks

Project Goals:

This project aims to move away from the prevalent view of networks as a set of pipes of information, to a framework where networks are seen as a set of services. To this end we have developed resource allocation algorithms which maximize the service capacity of a network for various types of services.

The major goals are to improve spectral utilization in shared wireless networks through new architectural paradigms that can be described as “service-centric”, meaning that the objectives of network design are to be based on service definition and quality. This approach is innovative and different from traditional ones that consider networks just as bit-pushing machines irrespective of data rates needed by the services.


PI: Behnaam Aazhang, Rice University
PI and the lead on service centric protocols for this project.

Co-PI: Anthony Ephremides, University of Maryland, College Park
Co-PI and lead on the age of information aspect of this project.

Graduate Students
Boqiang Fan, Rice University
Worked on scheduling protocol with mmWave physical layer, examining latency and fairness

Dr. Leon Huang, Huawei Inc.
Dr. Yi Wang, Huawei Inc.
Huawei collaboration was focused on mmWave technologies to make our work more relevant.

Former Participants
David Ramirez-Dominguez (Now Postdoc at NYU and Princeton University)
Worked on service centric protocols




  1. B. Fan, D. Ramirez, L. Huang, Y. Wang and B. Aazhang (2017). Joint Scheduling of Tiers in Multi-tier mmWave Networks.  To be Submitted to the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications.
  2. D. Ramirez and B. Aazhang, (2017) “Service Centric Scheduling with Average Completion Time”
 Under Review with IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (in the second review cycle).
  3. D. Ramirez, L. Huang, Y. Wang, and B. Aazhang, “On Opportunistic mmWave Networks With Blockage.” IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications 35.9 (2017): 2137-2147.

Conference Papers

  1. D. Ramirez, L. Huang, Y. Wang, and B. Aazhang, “Optimal opportunistic transmissions over directional mm wave channels.” IEEE 27th Annual International Symposium on Personal, Indoor, and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC), IEEE, 2016.
  2. D. ramirez and B. Aazhang. “Service Centric Scheduling With Strict Deadlines” 2015 IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM), San Diego, CA. (Powerpoint Presentation)
  3. D. Ramirez and B. Aazhang. “Scheduling for Compute and Forward Networks”. Asilomar 2015, Pacific Grove CA


  1. B. Fan (2016), Blockage Robust Scheduling of Multi-tier mmWave Network, Poster at IEEE ITSOC North-American School of Information Theory (NASIT)
  2. D. Ramirez (2016) “Optimal Opportunistic Transmissions for mmWave Channels with Unreliable Recall”, IEEE ITSOC North-American School of Information Theory (NASIT)


  1. D. Ramirez Dominguez, “Throughput Maximizing and Service Provisioning Strategies for Millimeter Wave Networks”, Rice University, PhD Dissertation, 2017.


  1. A resource allocation method for robust transmissions in a multi-tier millimeter-wave network.  UNITED STATES. Submitted to Rice University, 08/30/2016


This project supported by NSF-1527811