A research team at the Rutgers Wireless Information Networking Laboratory (WINLAB) today received the fourth annual Alexander Schwarzkopf Prize for Technological innovation from the I/UCRC Association, a voluntary, independent organization of past and present members of the National Science Foundation's Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) program.
The award, named for the founder of the I/UCRC program, recognizes Rutgers for establishing a unique facility for testing new mobile computing and communications technologies. The facility, known as the ORBIT Open Access Radio Grid Testbed, eatures a 400-node programmable radio transceiver emulation laboratory and an outdoor field trial system of short- and long-range radios on the university's New Brunswick Campus.
The ORBIT facility, funded by a $5.45 milion, four-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, is the world's largest open, programmable wireless network facility for use by academic and industry researchers worldwide. ORBIT is also being used as a proof-of-concept prototyping platform for wireless aspects of GENI, the future $300 million Internet research infrastructure being planned by the U.S. networking research community. In addition, it has been selected as the experimental wireless networking platform of choice for key future Internet projects in Europe.
ORBIT represents an important contribution to the nation's wireless infrastructure," said Dipankar Raychaudhuri, director of WINLAB and a principal investigator of the NSF ORBIT project. "WINLAB's unique wireless technology development and technology transfer capabilities that made a complex project like ORBIT possible were originally nurtured by Schwarzkopf's NSF I/UCRC program."
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