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Awardee:PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY
Doing Business As Name:Portland State University
PD/PI:
  • Ehsan Aryafar
  • (503) 725-9900
  • earyafar@pdx.edu
Award Date:01/13/2020
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 502,186
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 141,661
  • FY 2020=$141,661
Start Date:02/01/2020
End Date:01/31/2025
Transaction Type:Grant
Agency:NSF
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.070
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:CAREER: Design, Analysis and Applications of mmWave Full-Duplex Wireless
Federal Award ID Number:1942305
DUNS ID:052226800
Parent DUNS ID:052226800
Program:Networking Technology and Syst
Program Officer:
  • Alexander Sprintson
  • (703) 292-2170
  • asprints@nsf.gov

Awardee Location

Street:1600 SW 4th Ave
City:Portland
State:OR
ZIP:97207-0751
County:Portland
Country:US
Awardee Cong. District:03

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:Portland State University
Street:1600 SW 4th Ave
City:Portland
State:OR
ZIP:97207-0751
County:Portland
Country:US
Cong. District:03

Abstract at Time of Award

Wireless data traffic is expected to increase exponentially over the next decade. This is because of the dramatic growth in the number of wirelessly connected devices as well as emerging applications that rely on wireless communication such as wirelessly connected vehicles, aerial drones, and virtual or augmented reality headsets. In order to meet this massive demand in wireless capacity, the wireless industry is moving to next generation technology that will use millimeter-wave (mmWave) frequencies to communicate with mobile clients. However, mmWave systems cannot quickly adapt the links to user mobility. MmWave signals are also susceptible to blockages, e.g., the human body alone can significantly weaken the wireless signal. MmWave networks finally raise additional cost challenges as network operators need to deploy a high number of mmWave cells to ensure sufficient coverage. The objective of this project is to design full-duplex mmWave radios and develop new communication algorithms and network architectures to address mmWave’s mobility, blockages, and cost challenges. The findings from this project will be integrated into an education plan that emphasizes the role of wireless communication and networking in emerging Internet based technologies. This plan includes new courses for undergraduate and graduate students as well as internship opportunities and educational workshops for high school students and underrepresented populations. The project will result in developing and prototyping new radios, communication algorithms, and network architectures that enable and support full-duplex in mmWave bands. The first thrust will develop new beamforming architectures to enable mmWave full-duplex radios. The second thrust will result in new control channel designs and feedback mechanisms to quickly adapt the links to mobility. The third research thrust will result in new network deployment architectures and multi-connectivity solutions that increase robustness of mmWave networks to blockages and reduce the cost of network deployment. Each of these research thrusts will be evaluated through theoretical analysis, simulations with standardized models, and implementation on programmable hardware with mmWave radios. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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