ECE communications and networking researchers are investigating reasoning and learning mechanisms in an adaptive wireless network.
Virginia Tech is part of a team led by BBN Technologies and funded by DARPA's Wireless Network after Next (WNaN) program.
WNaN is developing technology to provide low-cost communications for the military to communicate with each soldier and device in a tactical situation. The program aims to develop handheld wireless nodes that can be used to establish dense ad hoc networks and links to the information grid. By working around the limitations of the low-cost nodes that form the network and by using the rich interconnection fabric created by dense deployment, the WNaN network should provide reliable battlefield communications at low system cost.
ECE faculty members involved in the effort include Luiz DaSilva, Allen MacKenzie, R. Michael Buehrer, Charles Bostian and Jeffrey Reed.