Posted January 30th, 2014
NYU WIRELESS announced that Intel Corporation has joined the center as an affiliate sponsor of research exploring a new generation of wireless technologies, which some refer to as “5G.” Research at NYU WIRELESS aims to expand wireless network capacity by orders of magnitude as compared to today’s networks.
Launched by the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering, NYU WIRELESS is a unique research center that combines the exploration of advanced wireless technologies, computing, and medical applications. Its researchers include more than 20 faculty members and 100 graduate students from the NYU School of Engineering’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and the NYU Langone School of Medicine.
“We are pleased that our students and faculty will work with Intel, a global leader known for its innovative hardware and expertise,” said Professor Theodore (Ted) Rappaport, NYU WIRELESS director and founder. “Together, we can ensure that consumers will have access to the data, bandwidth, and services they expect." Rappaport holds the David Lee/Ernst Weber Chair in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the NYU School of Engineering, as well as appointments at Courant and the Department of Radiology at NYU Langone Medical Center.
“We’re excited about the potential for millimeter wave technology to help serve the growing demand for wireless bandwidth,” said David Ott, program director for Intel’s University Research Office. “NYU’s cutting-edge research to explore millimeter wave channels in urban environments will help inform the evolution of next-generation small-cell network technologies. Intel is pleased to contribute to and support these efforts.”
Last year, Intel Corporation awarded the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering funding for research in wireless communications as part of a collaborative project involving Rappaport and a team of professors at the University of Southern California and Princeton University. The award was made through Intel’s highly competitive “5G” university research program (Intel Strategic Research Alliance on 5G), which selected outstanding proposals from university researchers competing from around the world.
Intel becomes the latest major international technology firm to join NYU WIRELESS as an affiliate sponsor. Additional sponsors include L-3 Communications, National Instruments, Nokia Solutions and Networks, Qualcomm Technologies, and Samsung. Each industrial affiliate company assigns two board members to the research center’s industrial affiliates board, ensuring an unusually deep working relationship. These directors inform the faculty and students about what is important to the industry, and the academics bring new ideas to their corporate thinking. Sponsors get early access to NYU WIRELESS research and often work with students and faculty on directed research projects. The sponsors also frequently hire NYU School of Engineering students into positions of technical leadership.
The NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering dates to 1854, when the NYU School of Civil Engineering and Architecture as well as the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute (widely known as Brooklyn Poly) were founded. Their successor institutions merged in January 2014 to create a comprehensive school of education and research in engineering and applied sciences, rooted in a tradition of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition to programs at its main campus in downtown Brooklyn, it is closely connected to engineering programs in NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai, and it operates business incubators in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. For more information, visit engineering.nyu.edu.