Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Center for Wireless Information Network
Dr. Allen H. Levesque, P. E.
of Electrical and Computer Engineering
and Advisor to CWINS
Areas of Research Interest
networking; cellular, PCS and mobile communications; wireless data
communications; secure communications; error-control coding.
In February 1999, Dr. Levesque retired from GTE
Laboratories, where he held the position of Senior Staff Scientist in the
Network Infrastructure Laboratory. He has an independent consulting practice
concentrating on digital communications technologies. He has also been serving as consultant and
expert witness in patent litigation matters.
In his 36-year career with the GTE Corporation,
he led a variety of projects in advanced communications systems development,
including both civilian and military systems. Much of his work over the
past two decades has dealt with the design of systems for reliable digital
communications over radio channels. Since 1988 he has worked primarily in
the area of mobile and wireless communications networks. As part of
this activity, he participated in the work of the TIA Subcommittee on Digital
cellular Standards, where he worked on the development of TDMA-based digital
cellular data services. He has also worked in the CDMA Development Group,
participating in the development of the Asynchronous Data and Fax
Specification. Prior to his retirement from GTE Laboratories, he was
responsible for research and development activities in support of new
commercial wireless services offered by GTE. He also led a research
program encompassing work in Wireless ATM, Wireless Ad Hoc Networking, and
Secure Mobile IP-based Networking. Dr. Levesque has served as an Adjunct
Professor at Northeastern
University and as a
member of the ECE Department Advisory Board at WPI. He has also been a
Lecturer in the MITRE Institute and a Lecturer on wireless communications for
the National Technological University
(a distance-learning network).
In January 2010 he began serving as an Associate
Investigator on a CWINS research program in Wireless Body Area Networking,
sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
Dr. Levesque is a Registered Professional
Engineer in the Commonwealth
of Massachusetts and a
Fellow of the IEEE.
Levesque has served as an IEEE Chapter Chairman, as a lecturer in IEEE
Lecture Series, and as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on
Communications. He has also served as Session Organizer and Session
Chairman for numerous IEEE conferences. In January 1996, he was elected
Fellow of the IEEE for his contributions to error-control coding and to
the design of strategic communications networks.. He is a frequent
reviewer of papers for IEEE conferences and technical journals, and is
also an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Wireless
2007, he has been participating in an IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc)
initiative to develop the Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies
(WCET) certification exam. IEEE ComSoc
has designed the WCET certification program to address the worldwide
wireless industry’s growing and ever-evolving need for qualified
communication professionals who can demonstrate practical problem-solving
skills in real-world situations.
Information on WCET certification can be found at www.ieee-wcet.org .
- BSEE With
High Distinction, WPI, 1959
- MSEE, Yale University, 1960
Yale University, 1965
courses, Harvard (1960-61) and MIT (1961-62)
Publications and Patents
Levesque has authored or co-authored about 40 journal and conference
papers on various topics in digital communications, including
error-control coding, spread-spectrum, and wireless networks. He is co-author
(with Arnold Michelson) of Error-Control Techniques for Digital
Communication, published by Wiley in 1985, and co-author (with Prof.
Kaveh Pahlavan) of Wireless Information Networks, published by
Wiley in 1995, re-released as a Second Edition in September 2005. He is currently a contributing editor
for the Wiley Encyclopedia of Telecommunications. He
and Professor Pahlavan have also co-authored chapters in multi-author
handbooks on wireless communications.
Dr Levesque has also authored a chapter on General Packet Radio
Service for Wiley’s Handbook
of Computer Communications.
- He holds two U. S. Patents, Nos. 6,601,209 and
6,738,360, relating to methods for reliable transmission of digital data
over fading wireless channels.
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