The Wireless World: Untethered Opportunities

October 14, 2008

- Everyone is going wireless and NJIT researchers stand at the forefront of that migration. To provide a wider window into the wireless world, NJIT along with the New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC) will offer on Oct. 31, 2008, from 8 a.m. -1:30 p.m., "The Wireless World: Untethered Opportunities." Keynote speaker will be former Congressional representative, Steve Largent, of CTIA--The Wireless Association. Corporate sponsors include AT&T, Verizon, Qualcomm, and T-Mobile.

"Broadband wireless is the last critical piece needed to bring the long-awaited benefits of digital technology to mass markets," said NJIT Senior Vice President for Research and Development, Donald Sebastian, PhD. (Editors: To attend the event and/or interview Sebastian, call Sheryl Weinstein, 973-596-3436.) "We now have cell phones with more computing power than yesterday's mainframe, comparable resolution to standard televisions and location mapping technology with military precision.

"Add high-speed access to networked resources and interpersonal connectivity and the entire concept of computing is transformed. Instead of a suite of desktop applications rooted in business needs, the door is open to a limitless set of tools for personal productivity, entertainment, education and even social interaction. Unchaining the computer from the desktop and liberating it from the home and office is the final step to create digital convergence for telephony, data services and broadcast entertainment."

Wireless communication has long been a focus at NJIT. Yeheskel Bar-Ness, PhD, distinguished professor in the electrical and computer engineering department and director of NJIT's Center for Communications and Signal Processing Research has made great strides. Next month NJ's Research and Development Council will honor Bar-Ness for one of his recent patents. "STBC MIMO-OFDM Peak-to-Average Power Ratio Reduction by Cross-Antenna Rotation and Inversion," issued earlier this year will be a building block of the next generation of IP-based voice/data wireless networks. The invention will upgrade MIMO (multiple-input, multiple-output) antenna technology and facilitate the transport of five times more data traffic than today's most advanced 3G networks.

"Researchers say the U.S. is now transitioning from 2G to 3G, and by 2012," said Sebastian, "they estimate that a 4G, or Fourth Generation IP-based network, will be needed to provide high-speed, Internet access to enable instantaneous streaming video. Bar-Ness' innovation, using MIMO, will eventually deliver that 4G level."

Other wireless work at NJIT includes the SmartCampus project, supported by a $1.7 million National Science Foundation Grant. The project has made NJIT into a laboratory for evaluating pioneering technologies. Through the program, students, faculty and staff connect via special cell phones and other compact wireless devices.

Individuals can also instantly locate friends, identify other people who share their interests, and be automatically notified of events compatible with their academic and social interests. It's even possible to obtain real-time information about the number of people in the library, the cafeteria, the computer labs and other places on campus.

"We're putting a lot of pieces together in SmartCampus to create a ubiquitous social-computing cyberinfrastructure," said Quentin Jones, PhD, associate professor of information systems and featured speaker at the Wireless World forum. "SmartCampus is a unique social-computing research project that uses technology to unite an urban environment into a community. This has been a dream of social and computer scientists and it's incredibly exciting because we now have the technological ability to do it."

Other NJIT notable projects include other electrical and computer engineering. "We are investigating ways to allocate resources in wireless networks, ways to secure the management of ad-hoc networks and intrusion detection," said Atam Dhawan, PhD, professor and chair of the department of electrical and computer engineering.

"Work has also flourished in multi-level network and data security and techniques to protect information such as data hiding and watermarking. There is an ongoing focus on transaction authentication along with ways to trace IP addresses back to the origin of a security breach. To learn more about wireless research at NJIT, please visit:
NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls more than 8,000 students in bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 92 degree programs offered by six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, Albert Dorman Honors College and College of Computing Sciences. NJIT is renowned for expertise in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and eLearning. In 2006, Princeton Review named NJIT among the nation's top 25 campuses for technology and top 150 for best value. U.S. News & World Report's 2007 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities.

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