Date of Award

Summer 2005

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer Science

Committee Director

Stephan Olariu

Committee Member

Larry Wilson

Committee Member

Ravi Mukkamala


A Mobile Ad-hoc Network (MANET, for short) is a collection of mobile nodes deployed in support of a short-lived special-purpose operation. Examples include search-and-rescue missions, law-enforcement, multimedia classrooms, and among many others. Unlike cellular or satellite networks, MANET do not rely on any form of pre-existing infrastructure. The mobility of nodes combined with the lack of infrastructure makes routing in MANET notoriously difficult. It was recently suggested that routing in MANET can use to advantage geographic information that the nodes may acquire either by endowing them with a GPS chip or simply by using known localization algorithms. Distance Routing Effect Algorithm for Mobility (DREAM) is one of the first and most intuitively appealing protocols to use geographic information for route selection in MANET.


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