Research Highlights

Distributed Just-Ahead-Of-Time Verification of Cyber-Physical Critical Infrastructures
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Prof. Saman Zonouz received a 3-year $579,486 NSF grant for the project “Distributed Just-Ahead-Of-Time Verification of Cyber-Physical Critical Infrastructures". The project abstract is shown below.

Trustworthy operation of next-generation complex power grid critical infrastructures requires mathematical and practical verification solutions to guarantee the correct infrastructural functionalities. This project develops the...

NeTS: Small: Transmit Only: Green Communication for Dense Wireless Systems
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Prof. Zhang and Prof. Mandayam received a $498K NSF grant on realizing green communications through transmit only networks.

Abstract: This proposal is targeted at realizing the vision of a ``green'' Internet of Things (IoT) and green communication using transmit-only devices. It is predicted that by 2020, there will be 50 billion embedded devices deployed in our ambient...

Collaborative Research: S2I2: Conceptualization of a Center for Biomolecular Simulation
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Prof. Shantenu Jha received an NSF award for a project entitled "Collaborative Research:S2I2: Conceptualization of a Center for Biomolecular Simulation". The award is for $131,123 for 1 year and is a collaboration with Stanford, Berkeley, Rice and Rutgers.

This award will support the planning for a scientific software Institute in the area of Computational Chemistry. Molecular simulation is an integral part of contemporary...

End-User Behavior and Prospect Pricing in Wireless Data Networks
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Prof. Narayan Mandayam has received an NSF grant for his project : "End-User Behavior and Prospect Pricing in Wireless Data Networks”.   This is $500K 3-year grant and Arnold Glass of Psychology is a co-PI. The abstract of the grant is shown below.

Abstract: There is a recognition and push in both industry and academia towards the goal of achieving "1000x" capacity for wireless. The solution approaches range from...

MatCam: A Camera that Sees Materials
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Prof. Kristin Dana is awarded a 3 year NSF Grant for the project: MatCam: A Camera that Sees Materials. Rutgers is the lead institution on this 500K collaborative grant with K. Dana as the Rutgers PI.   Drexel University is the partner institution with PI Ko Nishino.

The proposed research program will create the first material camera or MatCam that outputs a per-pixel label of object material and its properties that can...

Guardian Angel: Enabling Mobile Safety Systems
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Prof. Marco Gruteser received a three-year NSF grant for the project Guardian Angel: Enabling Mobile Safety Systems

This is a collaborative grant with Rich Martin (CS Rutgers), Yingying Chen (Stevens), Jie Yang (Florida State). The total funding is $700K, with the Rutgers part being $350,000.

The project investigates the use mobile devices for enhancing personal safety by identifying dangerous situations
and mitigating them...

A Multi-Layer Approach Towards Reliable Cognitive Radio Networks
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Prof. Wade Trappe and Prof. Yanyong Zhang received a three-year NSF grant for the project “Collaborative Research: A Multi-Layer Approach Towards Reliable Cognitive Radio Networks”. The grant is a collaborative grant with Virginia Tech and the Rutgers portion is $285K.

Abstract:

The development of radio technologies that support efficient and reliable spectrum sharing is an...

Status Updating Systems and Networks
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Prof. Roy Yates received a three-year $476,000 grant award from the NSF for the project "Status Updating Systems and Networks".

Abstract:

Increasingly ubiquitous network connectivity has engendered applications in which sources send real-time updates of their status to interested recipients. Examples include position, velocity and acceleration updates from nearby cars that facilitate safe maneuvers...

Automatic Workflow Capture & Analysis for Improving Trauma Resuscitation Outcomes
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Prof. Ivan Marsic received a four year NIH grant for the project "Automatic Workflow Capture & Analysis for Improving Trauma Resuscitation Outcomes".

This is a collaborative project with Children's Nat'l Med Ctr, Washington DC, and Drexel University. The total grant is $1.6 M and Rutger's part is $750 K.

The project abstract is shown below.

Project Title: "Automatic Workflow Capture & Analysis for Improving Trauma Resuscitation...

RADICAL Cybertools: Scalable, Interoperable and Sustainable Tools for Science
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Prof. Shantenu Jha received an NSF grant for the project RADICAL Cybertools: Scalable, Interoperable and Sustainable Tools for Science.

To support science and engineering applications that are the basis of many societal and intellectual challenges in the 21st Century, there is a need for comprehensive, balanced and flexible distributed cyberinfrastructure (DCI). The process of designing and deploying such large scale DCI however,...

A Novel MIMO Radar Approach Based on Sparse Sensing and Matrix Completion
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Prof. A. Petropulu received a 3-year NSF grant for the project entitled: "A Novel MIMO Radar Approach Based on Sparse Sensing and Matrix Completion".

The abstract is as follows:

In both civilian and military applications, there is increasing interest in networked radars which are inexpensive and easily deployable, while at the same time enabling reliable surveillance of an area.

Examples include radar systems consisting of transmit and...

Microelectronically Stimulating and Actuating Nanofibers for Muscle Replacement and Regeneration
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Prof. Laleh Najafizadeh, in collaboration with Joseph Freeman of biomedical engineering just received a 3 year award from the NSF for the project entitled, "Microelectronically Stimulating and Actuating Nanofibers for Muscle Replacement and Regeneration". In this project Professors Freeman and Najafizadeh will design and fabricate implantable, degradable devices to functionally replace muscle and regenerate new muscle tissue.

Mandayam and Zhang win two DURIP grants
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Narayan Mandayam (with Ivan Seskar) and Yanyong Zhang (with Wade Trappe) have won two DURIP (Defense University Research Instrumentation Program) grants.

The press release can be found at:

http://www.defense.gov/Releases/Release.aspx?ReleaseID=16723

Polymer-Probe-Based Scanning Probe Microscope for Noninvasive, High-Speed, Broadband Investigation of Live Mammalian Cell
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Prof. Jaeseok Jeon is part of a team that has been awarded an NSF grant of $636,557 for 3 years for the project   Development of a Polymer-Probe-Based Scanning Probe Microscope for Noninvasive, High-Speed, Broadband Investigation of Live Mammalian Cell.   This is a collaborative project with Profs. Qingze Zou (PI) of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Nan Gao of Biological Sciences.

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NSF Future Internet Architecture - Next Phase (FIA-NP) project awarded
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A $5M NSF FIA-NP project, entitled The Next-Phase MobilityFirst Project - From Architecture and Protocol Design to Advanced Services and Trial Deployments (MobilityFirst-NP), has been awarded to Rutgers (lead) along with 6 other partner universities (UMass, Michigan, Duke, Wisconsin, MIT and U Nebraska).

The PIs are Profs.  D. Raychaudhuri,   Rich Martin,...

Active Feature Learning and Classifier Training for Object Recognition
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ECE faculty Waheed Bajwa, Anand Sarwate and Athina Petropulu have received a one-year, $125,526 award from General Dynamics under an Army Research Lab Collaborative Technology Alliance (CTA) on Robotics. This basic research award is titled "Active Feature Learning and Classifier Training for Object Recognition." As part of this project, the Rutgers team will work together with other consortium members to develop algorithms for analyzing behaviors and activities from video and LADAR data...

Virtual Mobile Cloud Network for Realizing Scalable, Real-Time Cyber Physical Systems
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Dipankar Raychaudhuri, Ivan Seskar and Yanyong Zhang received a 3-year NSF grant of $300K for the project " Virtual Mobile Cloud Network for Realizing Scalable, Real-Time Cyber Physical Systems."

The project is part of a new US-Japan collaborative program called JUNO and involves joint work with a research group at NICT (National Institute for Information and Communications Technology),...

Android App Warns When You're Being Watched
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Prof. Janne Lindqvist's work appeared in MIT Technology Review:

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/523981/android-app-warns-when-youre...

Prof. Janne Lindqvist, a recently appointed assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, member of...

Elastic Pathing - HCI work on MIT Technology Review
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Prof. Lindqvist's work appeared in MIT Technology Review
http://www.technologyreview.com/view/523346/how-to-track-vehicles-using-speed-data-alone/

The full article can...

Using Big Data to Support Supply Chain Analytics and Optimization
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ECE Research Professor Jaroslaw Zola with Javier Diaz-Montes received a collaborative NSF STTR I grant with a New Jersey startup (Optimal Solutions, Inc.). This is a $225K one year grant to work with OSI on big data problems in supply chain management.

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Harnessing the Automotive Infoverse

Marco Gruteser has received a collaborative grant under the NSF CyberPhysical Systems synergy program. The title of
this grant is "Harnessing the Automotive Infoverse" and is a collaborative research project USC and General Motors.
The Rutgers share is $456,000 over 4 years. The total award is $917K.

The project abstract is shown below.

Until now, the "cyber" component of automobiles has consisted of control algorithms and associated...

ExTASY Extensible Tools for Advanced Sampling and analYsis

Prof. Shantenu Jha received a 3-year NSF grant of $617,005 for the project "ExTASY Extensible Tools for Advanced Sampling and analYsis".   ExTASY is a $1.35M collaborative project between Rutgers, Rice, Duke and IBM. It has a sister project in the UK funded by the EPSRC -- UK's equivalent of NSF.   The UK partners are Edinburgh, Nottingham and Imperial College.

This award supports the development of ExTASY - Extensible Toolkit for Advanced Sampling...

Demand-aware dynamic virtual station provisioning and allocation in cloud radio access networks

Professor Dario Pompili received a 3-year NSF NeTS grant of $400,000 for the project "Demand-aware Dynamic Virtual Base Station Provisioning and Allocation in Cloud Radio Access Networks (C-RANs).

The project abstract is shown below.

Demand-aware Dynamic Virtual Base Station Provisioning and Allocation in Cloud Radio Access Networks (C-RANs)

PI:   Prof. Dario Pompili, Dept. of Electrical and Computer...

An Experimental Platform for Investigating Energy-Performance Tradeoffs for Systems with Deep Memory Hierarchies

Drs. Manish Parashar, Ivan Rodero and Dario Pompili received a 3-year $300,000 grant from NSF for the project "An Experimental Platform for Investigating Energy-Performance Tradeoffs for Systems with Deep Memory
Hierarchies". The project abstract is give below.

An Experimental Platform for Investigating Energy-Performance Tradeoffs for Systems with Deep Memory Hierarchies

Abstract: As the scale and complexity of computing and data...

Dynamic Spectrum Access Platform
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Ivan Seskar and D. Raychaudhuri, received a 3-year $288,000 grant
from NSF for the project "WISER Dynamic Spectrum Access Platform and Infrastructure". This is in collaboration with Prof. Dirk Grunwald of U Colorado, NSF CRI (Computing Research Infrastructure) to further develop the WINLAB/Colorado cognitive radio platform for research community use. The total project cost is $670,000.
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Mobility First: A Robust and Trustworthy Mobility-Centric Architecture for the Future Internet
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Dr. Raychaudhuri has received an one-year $545,000 grant from NSF as a supplementary funding for the FIA MobilityFirst project. This project is entitled: "FIA: Collaborative Research: Mobility First: A Robust and Trustworthy Mobility-Centric Architecture for the Future Internet." The co-PIs are Drs. Roy D. Yates, Wade K. Trappe, Marco O. Gruteser, Richard P. Martin with Yanyong Zhang, Kiran Nagaraja and Ivan Seskar as senior personnel.

Exploring Cloud Paradigm and Practices for Science and Engineering

Manish Parashar, Ivan Rodero, Javier Diaz Montes received a two-year NSF award of $299,984 for the project "Exploring Cloud Paradigm and Practices for Science and Engineering."

The project abstract is given below.

Clouds abstractions and infrastructure are rapidly becoming part of the advanced research cyber-infrastructure (ACI) providing viable platforms for scientific exploration and discovery. As a result, it is important to understand how...

Exploiting Sparsity for Interference Management in Broadband Communications
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Prof. Waheed Bajwa received funding from the Qatar National Research Foundation, for the project::

"Exploiting Sparsity for Interference Management in Broadband Communications: Theory, Applications, and Testbeds".

This is a 3-year, approx. $1 million grant with UT-Dallas, and Qatar University (http://www.qnrf.org/newsroom/...

Prof. Gruteser wins grant to develop a Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) Simulator
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Prof. Gruteser has been awarded a contract to develop a Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) Scalability Simulator for the Crash Avoidance Metrics Partnership Vehicle Safety Communications 3 consortium, which is comprised of many of the world's major car makers, under USDOT's connected vehicle technology research program. The project will use field test data from hundreds of DSRC equipped vehicles to develop and calibrate simulation...

Controlling Teams of Autonomous Mobile Beamformers
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Prof. Athina Petropulu, in collaboration with Prof. Michael M. Zavlanos of Duke University, received support from NSF NeTS for the project "Controlling Teams of Autonomous Mobile Beamformers."

The goal of this research is to develop a new framework to control teams of mobile robots, cooperating in a beamforming fashion, to transmit information between multiple source-destination pairs, while meeting quality-of-service constraints...

WINLAB team to assist DARPA in administering the DARPA Spectrum Challenge
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A team of ECE researchers at WINLAB, including Wade Trappe, Ivan Seskar, Chris Rose and Dipankar Raychaudhuri, are assisting DARPA in administering the DARPA Spectrum Challenge (http://www.darpa.mil/spectrumchallenge/). The purpose of the DARPA Spectrum Challenge is to encourage teams to design radio protocols that can best use a given communication channel in the...

An Integrated Middleware Framework to Enable Extreme Collaborative Science
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Dr. Shantenu Jha received funding from the Department of Energy's Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) for his project "An Integrated Middleware Framework to Enable Extreme Collaborative Science". Dr. Jha is the PI and there are two collaborators, Drs. D. S. Katz from the Univ. of Chicago and J. Weissman from the Univ. of Minnesota.

This project aims to bridge the gap between application requirements and...

High-Dimensional Linear Models? Bring 'Em On!
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Prof. Waheed Bajwa received a grant entitled "High-Dimensional Linear Models? Bring 'Em On!", from the very competitive NSF Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) under its Core Program Communications and Information Foundations (CIF). The total budget is $167,543 for 3 years and Dr. Bajwa is the sole PI.

The project description is as follows:

This research addresses the challenge of high-dimensional data...

Big Bandwidth: Finding Anomalous Needles in the Spectrum Haystack
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Professor Wade Trappe and Larry Greenstein have been awarded an NSF grant "EARS: Collaborative Research: Big Bandwidth: Finding Anomalous Needles in the Spectrum Haystack" that will explore the problem of scanning large amounts of spectrum in order to detect anomalous usage of that spectrum. The project involves a collaboration between Rutgers University and Princeton University. The Rutgers component of the project is $300K.

Prof. Janne Lindqvist awarded total of ~$1.3M by NSF
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Prof. Janne Lindqvist was awarded three grants by the NSF for a total of ~$1.3M. The projects support Dr. Lindqvist's long-term research thrusts of nudging human behavior with computer systems, and usable security for mobile systems. The award titles are:

1) "Local Community Crowdsourcing of Physical-World Tasks with Myrmex",
2) "Redesigning Mobile Privacy: Helping Developers to Protect Users", and
3) "Capturing People's Expectations of Privacy with Mobile Apps by...

Detecting Driver Phone Use Leveraging Car Speakers
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A student team led by Profs. Marco Gruteser (ECE) and Richard Martin (CS), both members of WINLAB, and Prof. Yingying Chen of Stevens Institute of Technology received the best paper award at the 2011 ACM International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (MobiCom).

The paper "Detecting Driver Phone Use Leveraging Car Speakers", authored by Jie Yang, Simon Sidhom, Gayathri Chandrasekharan, Tam Vu, Nicolae Cecan, Hongbo Liu...

Prof. Jha received NSF grant "Building a standards-based Cyberinfrastructure for Hydrometeorologic Modeling "
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Dr. Shantenu Jha received NSF funding for the project "Collaborative Research: Standards-Based Cyberinfrastructure for Hydrometeorologic Modeling: US-European Research Partnership". This is a two-year project with budget $154,429. The work is in collaboration with Dave Gochis and Richard Hooper, eminent climate modeling scientists at National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science...

Prof. Pompili wins ONR Young Investigator Award
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ECE Assistant Professor Dario Pompili has won a Young Investigator Program grant from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), one of only 26 awarded nationwide in 2012 for his proposal titled: "Investigating Fundamental Problems for Real-time In-situ Data Processing in Heterogeneous Mobile Computing Grids".

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Prof. Greg Burdea @ American Museum of Natural History
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Professor Greg Burdea has been featured in a new exhibit, "Brain: The Inside Story," at the American Museum of Natural History, in New York City. Open now through August 15th, the exhibit seeks to provide visitors "a new perspective and keen insight into their own brains." Professor Burdea's research contributes quite well to such an aim, and it’s no surprise that the Museum would incorporate his work. Not a surprise except to Prof. Burdea, a member of the Rutgers ECE faculty, who had no...

Designing & Prototyping Standards-based Application Access to Clouds
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ECE Assistant Professor Shantenu Jha is working on the design and prototype a standards-based interface to Cloud computing that is syntactically and semantically consistent with existing Grid computing interfaces, whilst extending Grid-based job and resource models.

This is a high-risk, short-term strategic project to design and prototype a global standards-based Access layer to Clouds, that bridges the divide between grids and clouds.

The project has elements of...

Ubiquitous Rainfall Sensing Adaptive System for Urban Sustainability
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Civil and Environmental Engineering Assistant Professor and also member of the ECE Graduate Faculty David Hill and ECE Assistant Professor Dario Pompili collaborate on sensing and modeling extreme weather events. Such events have profound effects on the sustainability of urban centers. At the same time human activities are increasing the variability of the climate and increasing the frequency of...

Non-invasive Continuous Ocular Glucose Sensor
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ECE Professors Jeff Walling and Jaesok Jeon are collaborating on the development of a low power ocular sensor that continually monitors blood glucose levels using a chemical sensor embedded in a contact lens. Continuous monitoring of blood glucose levels will improve monitoring of diabetic patients and can also aid epidemiological studies for diet other healthcare related issues. This technology allows for non-invasive monitoring of blood sugar potentially ending the need for painful needle...

Professor Madabhushi, Co-Investigator for $3.3 million NIH Grant Awarded for Prostate Cancer Research
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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $3.3 million grant to a research team that includes Rutgers University to increase the reliability of imaging prostate cancer.

The team, led by Riverside Research Institute and involving clinicians from Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and engineers at GE Global Research, will research ways to help urologists zero in on suspicious tissue in the prostate gland while they perform needle biopsies or...

Slow light on a Silicon Chip - What’s the Limit?
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The information bandwidth of lightwave is much higher than today’s electronic information technology. Processing information on lightwave thus has a significant advantage. Temporarily slowing down light on silicon chip allows us to complete the information processing in a small chip before light rushes off the chip. However, significant loss of light intensity occurs as light slows down. This fundamentally limits our capability in optical processing information on a small...

Mobility First
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The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year, $7.5 million grant to a Rutgers-led research team to develop a future Internet design optimized for mobile networking and communication.
The team of nine universities and several industrial partners has dubbed its project "MobilityFirst", reflecting the Internet's evolution away from traditional wired connections between desktop PCs and servers toward wireless data services on mobile platforms.

The group will design a "...

Sensors aim to monitor smoker activity
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The University's Center for Autonomic Computing developed a wireless sensor project that detects human motion and can further medical research.

The sensors, which are small devices that attach to the body, contain accelerometers and gyroscopes that measure movement and can tell what action a person is doing, said Alex Weiner, a School of Engineering junior who is fine-tuning the algorithm of the sensors.

Dario Pompili, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and...

Rutgers ECE Student collaborates with Siemens on Biomedical Research Project

Rutgers’ graduate student Sushil Mittal has collaborated with a group of researchers from Siemens Corporate Research and Siemens Healthcare on a biomedical research project. Under the tutelage of Professor Peter Meer, Mr. Mittal spearheaded the project while interning at Siemens Corporate Research in Princeton, NJ. Mr. Mittal is the first author on the first published paper, “Fast Automatic Detection of Calcified Coronary Lesions in 3D Cardiac CT Images*,” to feature research...

New NSF Grant for Profs. M. Gruteser, K. Dana and N. Mandayam
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Professors M. Gruteser, K. Dana and N. Mandayam have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled “Visual MIMO Networks”. This is a 4-year project and was funded in the amount of $685,000.

Below is a brief description of the project.

Visual MIMO Networks

The increasingly ubiquitous use of cameras creates an exciting novel opportunity to build camera-based optical wireless...