Michele Zorzi

Michele Zorzi
Re-engineering Wireless Networking Protocols:
the Case of Underwater Acoustic Communications
Michele Zorzi
University of Padova, Italy


Interest in underwater acoustic networking research has grown rapidly in the past few years. Fundamental differences between underwater acoustic propagation and terrestrial radio propagation call for new criteria for the design of communications systems and networking protocols. In this talk, we will provide an overview of the main challenges posed by the underwater acoustic propagation environment, with special emphasis on networking and protocol design issues, and provide novel insights that are useful in guiding both protocol design and network deployment. We will then address in more detail some specific examples of how the unique features of underwater propagation and acoustic modems affect protocol design.

In particular, topics addressed will include (1) a discussion of the energy consumption profile of acoustic modems and its impact on the design of topology control mechanisms and on the trade-off between sleep cycles and wake-up modes, (2) a novel energy-efficient routing protocol for underwater networks that explicitly accounts for the relationship between hop distance, bandwidth, and energy consumption, and (3) a new simulation framework that accurately captures the complex behavior of acoustic propagation and enables realistic evaluations of protocol solutions before actual experimental testing.


Michele Zorzi is a Professor at the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Padova. Prior to his current appointment, he was employed at the Politecnico di Milano, the University of Ferrara and the University of California at San Diego, with which he still has an active collaboration. He received a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Padova in 1994.

Michele was the EiC of the IEEE Wireless Communications magazine in 2003-2005, is now the EiC of the IEEE Transactions on Communications, and has served on the Editorial Boards of the top journals in his area of research and on the Organizing and Technical Program Committee for many international conferences. He is an IEEE Fellow. His main research interests are in the area of wireless communications and networking, ad hoc and sensor network, and energy-efficient protocol design. He has an H-index of 34 and a G-index of 55.