Assistant Professor Z. Morley Mao is leading a research project to carry out worldwide 3G wireless network performance measurement. This project aims to carry out a systematic study of current 3G technology looking at various aspects of network operation, such as performance, network policy, user activity, etc.
To conduct the study, the researchers are enlisting smartphone users to download and use 3G test applications that will run on their devices. The apps allow users to perform network tests, and optionally return that data to the project researchers. In addition to aiding the researchers, the tests will help users to diagnose and understand difficulties they may encounter with their local 3G networks.
Thousands of users of iPhone, Android, and Windows Mobile phones have already downloaded the 3G measurement tools and voluntarily carried out the 2-minute experiment.
U-M Smartphone 3G Test website (includes freely-downloadable test software for iPhone, Android, and Windows Mobile and more information about the tests that can be performed)
Z. Morley Mao is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Division of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of Michigan. Her area of research is networking with an emphasis on Internet routing, routing security, and network measurement. She is interested in understanding improving the robustness of infrastructure services such as routing, DNS, search engines. Her work involves both empirical data collection and analysis, as well as the design and implementation of new systems.
Her ongoing projects include:
- Network management for enterprise and ISP networks
- Malware characterization and deterrence
- Intrusion detection systems
- Routing plane and data plane interaction: happy packets
- Routing protocol models, attacks against routing protocols
- Sensor networks for patient monitoring