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Fall 1999



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," he said.

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 and Bill 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.

The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Virginia Tech

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