Paul G. Flikkema

Electrical Engineering
Northern Arizona University


Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences
Northern Arizona University
PO Box 15600
Flagstaff AZ 86011-5600
paul dot flikkema at nau dot edu
Office: +1 (928) 523-6114
Fax: +1 (928) 523-2300 


PhD, Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park
MS, Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park
BS, Computer Engineering, Iowa State University

Research and Teaching Interests

My interests are in the areas of networked communication and computation systems, with applications to networked embedded systems, wireless sensor networks, and genomic information networks.

  • Design of wireless control networks -- what is the trade-off between performance and energy consumption in systems that are distributed, heterogeneous, and possibly real-time? How should we design these in light of the fact that they are networked embedded devices networked by an unreliable multiple access channel? One key application is environmental and ecosystems monitoring. See
  • Modeling, simulation and design of wireless communication systems and networks, with applications to networks that are deeply embedded into physical environments
  • Inferential wireless sensing -- how does the mission of model inference affect what information should be reported from an energy-constrained network?
  • Systems thinking in engineering design

  • Course Information

    EE 434/534: Design of complex-engineered systems with wireless sensor networks; see the muse project web site, or jump right to the introductory video

    New! Experience the muse experiments, hardware, and simulation tools

    Recent and Selected Publications

    Progressive Coding and Iterative Source-Channel Decoding in Wireless Data Gathering Networks
    C Li, PG Flikkema and SL Howard
    IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM 2011), December 2011 (accepted)
    Inferential Ecosystem Models, from Network Data to Prediction
    JS Clark, PK Agarwal, DM Bell, PG Flikkema, A Gelfand, X Nguyen, E Ward and J Yang
    Ecological Applications, Vol. 21, Issue 5 (July 2011), pp. 1523-1536
    Wireless-Integrated Embedded Real-Time Control: A Case Study in Adopting Resources for Development of a Low-Cost Interdisciplinary Laboratory Project
    PG Flikkema, KR Yamamoto, C Haden, J Frolik, and T Weller
    2011 ASEE Annual Conference, June 2011
    How Much Information Per Joule? Measuring the Energy Efficiency of Inferential Wireless Sensing
    PG Flikkema
    4th Int’l Workshop on Green Communications, IEEE Int’l Conference on Communications (ICC 2011), June 5-9, 2011, pp. 1-5
    Energy-Efficient Model Inference in Wireless Sensing: Asymmetric Data Processing
    PG Flikkema
    Ninth Annual IEEE Conference on Sensors (SENSORS 2010), November 2010, pp. 1843-1847
    WiSARDNet Field-to-Desktop: Building a Wireless Cyberinfrastructure for Environmental Monitoring
    K Yamamoto, Y He, P Heinrich, A Orange, B Ruggeri, H Wilberger and PG Flikkema
    in The Colorado Plateau IV: Shaping Conservation Through Science and Management, C van Riper III, BF Wakeling, and TD Sisk, eds.
    Tucson: The University of Arizona Press, 2010, pp. 101-108
    Prospector: Multiscale Energy Measurement of Networked Embedded Systems with Wideband Power Signals
    KR Yamamoto and PG Flikkema
    2009 International Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE '09), August 2009, pp. 543-549

    A Walk in the Infosphere: Rethinking EE Education in the Wireless Era
    PG Flikkema
    10th Annual IEEE Wireless and Microwave Technology Conference (WAMICON 2009), April 2009

    System-Level Characterization of Single-Chip Radios for Wireless Sensor Network Applications
    Y He and PG Flikkema
    10th Annual IEEE Wireless and Microwave Technology Conference (WAMICON 2009), April 2009

    Progressive Joint Coding, Estimation and Transmission Censoring in Energy-Centric Wireless Data Gathering Networks
    SL Howard and PG Flikkema
    Fifth IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Systems (MASS 2008), Sept-Oct 2008

    Integrated Source-Channel Decoding for Correlated Data-Gathering Sensor Networks
    SL Howard and PG Flikkema
    IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC 2008), March-April 2008

    On Probe-Level Interference and Noise Modeling in Gene Expression Microarray Experiments
    PG Flikkema
    14th European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO 2006), Florence, Italy, September 2006
    The Precision and Energetic Cost of Snapshot Estimates in Wireless Sensor Networks
    PG Flikkema
    IEEE Symposium on Computing and Communications (ISCC 2006), Pula-Cagliari, Italy, June 2006

    Model-Driven Dynamic Control of Embedded Wireless Sensor Networks

    PG Flikkema, PK Agarwal, JS Clark, C Ellis, A Gelfand, K Munagala and J Yang
    Workshop on Dynamic Data Driven Application Systems,
    International Conference on Computational Science (ICCS 2006), Reading, UK, May 2006
    WiSARDNet: A System Solution for High Performance In Situ Environmental Monitoring
    Z Yang, B Ruggeri, PG Flikkema, D Johnson, M Wright and K Xia
    2nd International Workshop on Networked Sensor Systems (INSS 2005), San Diego, June 2005
    Clique-Based Randomized Multiple Access for Energy-Efficient Wireless Ad Hoc Networks
    PG Flikkema and B West
    IEEE Wireless Communication and Networking Conference (WCNC 2003)New Orleans, March 2003

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    Last updated 07 October 2011