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Many researchers expect that as cognitive radio (CR) technology matures, it will play a pivotal role in wireless mesh and ad hoc networks, according to Tom Hou, an associate professor of ECE.

"Due to its unique characteristics in spectrum usage, a CR network differs significantly from the existing multi-channel, multi-radio network," he says. He was recently awarded a two-year grant from the National Science Foundation NeTS program to develop network theoretical bounds and performance limits for future CR networks. "Such efforts are not only of theoretical interest, but also offer fundamental understanding of the potential and limits of such networks, as well as provide performance benchmarks for the design and evaluation of distributed algorithms and protocols."