Montana State University (MSU) professor Jian Tang has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to continue his research in wireless communications technology, which is designed to enhance emergency communications and improve broadband Internet service in rural areas. Tang's work focuses on WiMAX, wireless technology that enables engineers to build flexible and dynamic networks that transmit data at high speeds over long distances. Tang wants to combine his WiMAX research with smart antenna research already underway at MSU. Smart antennas minimize the interference between signals on a network and can isolate and lock on to a desired signal.
Tang wants to solve problems associated with how WiMAX and smart antennas work when they are combined in mesh networks, which are made of nodes capable of relaying information between themselves without relying on a centralized base station. WiMAX and smart antennas could be used to extend wireless communications deeper into rural and remote areas at a significantly lower cost than building the towers that would be required for the same coverage. Tang hopes his work will help the wireless communications industry set standards that will be used to develop WiMAX products for consumers. The grant will fund the development of a computer model for simulating WiMAX networks. "Our computer model will help other researchers in this community develop and validate their own approaches to WiMAX problems," Tang says. "It's going to benefit research in many ways."
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