Xiaojun Tang Wins Best Student Paper Award at VTC'09

Xiaojun Tang, an ECE Graduate Research Fellow and a Ph.D. student supervised by Prof. Predrag Spasojevic at WINLAB, ECE Department, Rutgers University, received the Best Student Paper Award sponsored by Wiley Blackwell Publishing at the IEEE 70th Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC) in Anchorage, Alaska, USA, September 20, 2009.

VTC is the flagship conference of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. The paper, entitled "Multi-Cell User-Scheduling and Random Beamforming Strategies for Downlink Wireless Communications" studies the issue of inter-cell interference (ICI) mitigation in multi-cell wireless downlink systems by aligning interference across cells.

The proposed scheme, based on coordinated beamforming and user scheduling, exploits the spatial dimension without joint-cell transmission, and can significantly increase throughputs while requiring minimal intra/inter-cell information exchange in wireless cellular systems.

The paper is coauthored with Dr. Sean A. Ramprashad and Dr. Haralabos Papadopoulos of NTT DoCoMo Communications Labs USA, Inc., Palo Alto, CA.

This work was performed when Xiaojun Tang worked as a research intern at DoCoMo Labs in Summer of 2008. His internship is a result of the collaboration between WINLAB and DoCoMo Labs.