Military Associate Professor     Academic details

Research projects


The aim of this project is to study the performance measures (throughput, delay, jitter) of Packet Data Radio Networks (PDRN). PDRNs will form the mobile backbone of the tactical communication network for the next generation of combat systems. Analytical and simulation models are combined to evaluate the characteristics of both synthetic and captured traffic streams considering a realistic scenario, i.e. the topology of the radio means and the physical surroundings.


This study mainly focusses on how to retrieve the position of the sensor nodes of a wireless sensor network and with which precision this can be done (assuming the nodes don’t have a GPS module on board). How the topology of the wireless network could be controlled in order to optimise the network for given scenarios is also investigated. The goal of this study is not only to have a theoretical approach of the problem, but also to implement the most promising methods or algorithms on a real sensor network.


  1. Anna Brook, Edison Cristofani, Mathias Becquaert, Ben Lauwens, Joachim Jonuscheit, and Marijke Vandewal. Applicability of compressive sensing on three-dimensional terahertz imagery for in-depth object defect detection and recognition using a dedicated semisupervised image processing methodology. Journal of Electronic Imaging, 22(2):21004, 2013.
  2. Ben Lauwens, Bart Scheers, and Antoine Van de Capelle. Throughput Analysis of Multi-Hop CSMA/CA Wireless Networks. In 2008 IEEE Sarnoff Symposium, pages 1-6. IEEE, April 2008.
  3. B. Lauwens, B. Scheers, and A. V. de Capelle. Buffer Occupation Probability of Trace-Driven Background Streams in Hybrid Simulation. In IEEE International Conference on Communications, pages 581-587. IEEE, June 2007.