Science and research is about impact. This can be measured in many different ways. A typical one consists is counting the number of citations of a given publication. Unfortunately, in some cases this might be tricky due to the use of self-citations (citations by the same author) and the creation of communities of scientists citing each other because of other reasons beyond scientific connection. Another measure of impact is the number of times that a paper, when freely available to the audience (open-access) has been accessed and downloaded from different IP connections (in order to avoid robots accessing a given paper many times).
Today, one of our papers, written in collaboration with Cristian Crespo and Dr. Luis Alonso from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in the year 2011, has reached the hit of 4,000 downloads. Wow!!
The research work is entitled “Hybrid Access Techniques for Densely Populated Wireless Local Area Networks” and belongs to the entire book entitled “Advances in Vehicular Networking Technologies”, published by IN-TECH. This chapter describes the design of a novel Medium Access Control (MAC) protocol for Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) which can boost the performance of so-called WiFi networks when the number of connected devices is very high. This becomes particularly relevant in dense deployments, as it can be the case of vehicular networks (networks of cars, essentially), or the Internet of Things (IoT).
The paper can be accessed in the following link:
The book can be accessed in the following link:
Let’s keep the spirit!