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Doing Business As Name:Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • William H Tranter
  • (540) 231-2961
  • Jung-Min Park
Award Date:02/14/2008
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 280,000
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 797,107
  • FY 2009=$293,575
  • FY 2008=$70,000
  • FY 2011=$69,798
  • FY 2010=$293,734
  • FY 2012=$70,000
Start Date:03/01/2008
End Date:08/31/2013
Transaction Type:Grant
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.041
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:I/UCRC: WICAT@VT
Federal Award ID Number:0809036
DUNS ID:003137015
Parent DUNS ID:003137015
Program:IUCRC-Indust-Univ Coop Res Ctr

Awardee Location

Street:Sponsored Programs 0170
Awardee Cong. District:09

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Street:Sponsored Programs 0170
Cong. District:09

Abstract at Time of Award

This award establishes Virginia Polytechnic (VT) as a research site of the Industry/University Collaborative Research Center (IUCRC) for the Wireless Internet Center for Advanced Technology (WICAT). Other sites of this collaborative research center include the New York Polytechnic (lead), Auburn University, Columbia University and the University of Virginia. The mission of this center is to focus on emerging technologies for wireless internet. Virginia Polytechnic will be a strong partner of WICAT and will perform research activities that will be complementary and synergistic with those of the other WICAT sites. The theme at the Virginia Polytechnic site will be cognitive radio based wireless networks, with the following thrust areas: Software Defined Radios, Cognitive Radios, Cognitive Network Test Bed Implementation, Theoretical Foundations of Wireless Communications, and Wireless Systems Modeling and Simulation. The test bed will enable researchers from WICAT and others to implement and test algorithms, protocols, applications and hardware technologies within a realistic environment. Virginia Polytechnic will make significant contributions to the mission of WICAT. The effort at Virginia Tech will be a subset of the already existing collaborations with wireless industry. The quality and quantity of research conducted will expand the impact of WICAT in technical, educational and outreach activities. WICAT at VT will include faculty and students from the Northern Virginia Campus and the Middle Eastern and Northern Africa (VT-MENA) campuses. This will add to the diversity of faculty and students, and WICAT at VT research site will emphasize diversity in all selections of faculty, students, and staff. The affiliation of a large number of industries with the WICAT at VT research site will provide students with significant opportunities and permanent engineering positions.

Project Outcomes Report


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The primary goal of this project is to establish at Virginia Tech a fifth research site of the Wireless Internet Center for Advanced Technology (WICAT). WICAT is a multi-university R&D center sponsored by the NSF under its program ofIndustry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC).  Polytechnic University is the lead institution in WICAT. The other institutions are Columbia University, University of Virginia, Auburn University, and Virginia Tech.


The mission of WICAT is to collaborate with industry research partners to create flexible, efficient, and secure wireless networks that satisfy communication needs in businesses, in the home and in the lives of individuals. WICAT researchers work closely with industrial sponsors through the Industrial Affiliates Program. The research programs help the sponsoring industries to increase the value of their investments in wireless technology by providing them with insights into leading-edge technologies, and strategies for leveraging technology investments. Research is carried out by faculty members working with undergraduate students, graduate students and post-docs, thereby contributing to the training of next generation of wireless professionals.


The rational for WICAT is the recognition of the importance of wireless technology for communications, and especially as a medium for accessing the Internet. During the 1990’s there was unprecedented growth in the use of cellular telephones, and in the use of, and dependence on, the Internet.  With the help of Wi-Fi, 3G and other wireless technologies, these areas came together as the Wireless Internet, which has become a growth area for the 21st century.  WICAT’s research thrusts include cooperative communications, ad-hoc networks, video over wireless, cognitive radios and testbeds, and rapidly reconfigurable networks. These thrusts have evolved out of the research carried out at the partner universities with  guidance from the industry affiliate members at the semi-annual research reviews and other meetings. The intellectual merit of WICAT's research activities were peer reviewed by other academics as well as vetted by industry affiliate members. 


The research associated with the aforementioned thrusts resulted in numerous books, publications, reports, theses, and dissertations, and more importantly, contributed to the advancement of knowledge in the related disciplines and domains.  The broader impacts of WICAT's research thrusts went beyond the principal discipline or domain, and had an impact on a broad breath of domains, including wireless regulatory policies, national security and public safety, and robotics.  

Last Modified: 11/25/2013
Modified by: Jung-Min Park

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