ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award
United States – 2012

For his dissertation, "Embracing Interference in Wireless Systems," nominated by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Press Release

Shyamnath Gollakota was awarded the 2012 DoctoralDissertation Award for designing practical systems that transform wireless systems by embracing the phenomenon of interference and rendering it harmless.
Instead of trying to hide the interference that severely limits wireless systems, he used an alternate approach that successfully reconstructed the traditional packets of transmitted information. He then manipulated the interfering signals using innovative receiver designs that decode the WiFi collisions and improve security.
Gollakota, an assistant professor at the University of Washington at the time of this award, completed the dissertation at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which nominated him.