Svetlana makes the wireless systems of industries more reliable

Oct 18, 2013 | Research/Cooperation

High demands are placed on industrial communication systems in the areas of reliability and delay. Wireless systems are more flexible but also less reliable. How can wireless communication be used in the industry to develop flexible systems which are at the same time reliable?

This is the topic of Svetlana Girs’ licentiate thesis ”Cooperative Communication for Increased Reliability in Industrial Wireless Networks” which she will defend on 4 October in a public defence at Mälardalen University in Västerås.

– The purpose of my thesis is to increase the reliability of the wireless communication systems that are used in the industry today. I have developed and assessed a number of new protocols and methods which can improve their performance when applied in industrial contexts, says Svetlana Girs.

Svetlana’s licentiate thesis has been written within the framework of the research projects GAUSS and at Mälardalen university. The results will be greatly useful for Swedish industrial companies, since they will lead to long-term cost reductions in the area of system development, for instance when it comes to cheaper wireless units, the removal of cables as long as 1000 metres or more, and decreases in maintenance work for members of staff.

– Wireless systems are cheaper to install and maintain compared to the stationary systems used by the industry today, and they can also make possible brand new application areas, such as communication between intelligent autonomous units. Before this can happen, however, the demands related to reliability and delay must be met, and this is something that I discuss in my thesis, says Svetlana Girs.

Svetlana Girs is 25 years old and comes originally from Russia where she studied and completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University. A new country, new people and new scholarly traditions brought her to Sweden and Mälardalen University three years ago. Perhaps she will also stay in Sweden after completing her Doctoral degree two years from now.

– I think the future offers a great number of interesting opportunities. I may continue with my research, or work in the industry. I may stay in Sweden, or another European country. Or I may go home to Russia, where I would also be able to contribute something useful, says Svetlana.