09 October 2015
On 25 September 2015, Thomas Nitsche successfully defended his PhD thesis "Enhancing Wireless local area Networks by leveraging Diverse Frequency Resources", supervised by Joerg Widmer, Research Professor at IMDEA Networks.
In his thesis, Thomas studies signal propagation variations that exist at different frequencies used by IEEE 802.11 Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs). He investigates how to improve the beam training process of millimeter wave networks that need highly directional, electronically steered transmissions to overcome increased free space attenuation. To this end he combines millimeter wave communication with angle of arrival detection at microwave frequencies. He also addresses deafness effects, which impact IEEE 802.11ad channel access at the millimeter wave band.
The members of the Dissertation Committee were Dr. Ralf Steinmetz, Professor at Technische Universität Darmstadt (Germany) as a President, Dr. Kyle Jamieson, Professor at Princeton University, and Dr. Albert Banchs, Professor at Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M).
Thomas Nitsche graduated from Technische Universität München (TUM) in 2009 with a Diploma degree in Computer Sciences. He worked at Nokia Siemens Networks and was a research staff member at the Chair for Network Architectures and Services at Technische Universität München before joining IMDEA Networks in January 2012.