Robert Schober was awarded a 2011 Steacie Memorial Fellowship. Schober’s many theoretical and applied discoveries have helped set new standards for the wireless industry.
Dr. Schober’s latest research efforts build on the growing trend towards designing co-operative wireless networks. This challenges traditional approaches to network design, which assume communication can take place only between specified points, or “nodes,” in the network. For example, signals travel from a mobile phone to a base station, and then to another mobile phone. Dr. Schober and his team hope to extend capacity by making it possible for all mobile phones in a network to function as transmission relays. If successful, this work would vastly increase the number of possible channels available to transmit information, and once again revolutionize the international wireless communications industry.