EE/CS Team Wins $1 Million NSF Grant
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $1 million
to a team of Virginia Tech electrical engineering and computer
science faculty members to develop a new class of problem solving
design tools for emerging wireless communication systems.
"This project will focus on the research and development
of new software engineering tools that will allow wireless engineers
to predict system performance and capacity before actual wireless
hardware is installed," explained principal investigator
Ted Rappaport. "We want to produce a research product that
enables next generation wireless Internet links and high data
mobile systems to be engineered and deployed in any type of environment,"
The highly competitive award is part of NSF's Collaborative Problem
Solving Environment program, which teams cross-disciplinary experts
to develop fundamental new approaches to issues of national importance.
The Virginia Tech project fuses expertise from the Mobile
and Portable Radio Research Group (MPRG) in wireless simulation,
measurement and modeling capabilities with the computational
and geographic information expertise of several CS faculty members.
Principal investigators on the project are Rappaport
Tranter from ECpE, along with Naren Ramakrishnan, Cliff Shaffer
and Layne Watson from computer science.
The grant is expected to support 10 graduate and undergraduate
research students, six faculty members, and a postdoctoral researcher.