I am a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. My interests lie in the area of wireless networks and communications, with a focus on dynamic spectrum access and next-generation Wi-Fi systems. I work with Dr. Jung-Min (Jerry) Park at the Wireless Networking and Security Research (WiNSeR) Lab. Here, I have been working on developing mechanisms for coexistence between Wi-Fi and DSRC/Cellular-V2X devices in the 5.9 GHz Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) band. I am also working on performance analysis and enhancement of IEEE 802.11ax and coexistence mechanisms between legacy Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11a/n/ac) and IEEE 802.11ax systems.

I worked as a summer intern at Nokia Bell Labs, Murray Hills, NJ in 2017. The focus of my work was on studying the suitability of LTE, DSRC and 5G for V2X applications.

Before joining Virginia Tech, I worked as a Research Assistant at the Information Networks (InfoNet) Laboratory in IIT Bombay, India. Here, my research was supervised by Prof. Abhay Karandikar and Prof. Animesh Kumar. Our team at InfoNet Lab studied the technical feasibility of TV White Space (TVWS) operations in India. I was involved in the deployment of the first pilot test-bed in India using TVWS-based backhaul for providing affordable broadband services in India. (Details | Gram Marg | Video | News Articles: The Hindu, Indian Express).

I completed the Masters (M.Tech.) degree in Communications Engineering at IIT Bombay in 2015. Prior to that, I completed the Bachelors (BE) degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering at Vidyalankar Institute of Technology, Univerity of Mumbai in 2012.

Feel free to contact me at gaurang [at] vt [dot] edu.

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