Tamal Bose was named Virginia Tech's site director for the multi-university Wireless Internet Center for Advanced Technology (WICAT) to collaborate with industry research partners to create flexible, efficient, and secure wireless networks. WICAT, an NSF center, includes teams from Polytechnic University, the University of Virginia, Columbia, and Auburn University. WICAT's mission is to create networks that satisfy the needs of businesses and of consumers.
Virginia Tech's research contributions to the center are focused on cognitive radio-based wireless networks, with efforts in software defined radios (SDR), cognitive radios, cognitive network testbed implementation, theoretical foundations of wireless communications and wireless systems modeling and simulation. Virginia Tech's part of the award amounts to $350,000.