Centers and Institutes

Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications (CATT)


Shivendra   Panwar

Created in 1983 as one of the State of New York's 4 original Centers for Advanced Technology, CATT continues to fulfill its mission to stimulate economic development in information technology through research and education.

Companies that partner with CATT in joint research gain access to state-of-the-art facilities and a team of experts who understand how to turn technological breakthroughs into commercially-viable products and services. CATT’s research program focuses on 3 key areas that are crucial to the needs of businesses today:

  • wireless networks
  • network security
  • network applications



Nasir   Memon

CRISSP combines security technology strengths with experts in psychology, law, public policy, and business from NYU. The goal of this center is to build new approaches to security and privacy that recognize that technology alone cannot provide the information security and privacy needed in today’s interconnected world. The center is founded by Anindya Ghose (NYU Stern), Ramesh Karri (NYU Poly), Nasir Memon (NYU Poly), Helen Nissenbaum (NYU Steinhardt), and Rae Zimmerman (NYU Wagner).



Theodore S. Rappaport

The world’s first academic research center combining Wireless, Computing, and Medical Applications

NYU and the School of Engineering have created several new faculty positions, have invested $3.5 Million in funding, and are providing an additional $4 Million in world-class research space upgrades to form a new center of excellence, NYU WIRELESS, the first academic center of its kind in the world. NYU WIRELESS is an interdisciplinary research center that is equipped to develop revolutionary circuits and systems for several business sectors, including the wireless industry, the distributed computing and data center industry, and the medical profession. NYU WIRELESS brings together faculty and students with expertise in millimeter wave wireless communications and circuits, distributed networking and computing, and many branches of medicine. Just launched this year, already there are 24 faculty and 100 graduate and undergraduate students participating in this new interdisciplinary center.

NYU WIRELESS conducts about $10 million/year in funded research, and allows its industrial affiliates to maximize the value of their investment by leveraging industrial affiliates funds with large NSF, NIH, and other competitive research programs. NYU WIRELESS affiliates enjoy close and frequent interaction with the center’s faculty and students, who come from the School of Engineering's Electrical and Computer engineering department, NYU’s Courant Computer Science department, and many different branches of NYU’s Langone School of Medicine.

Wireless Internet Center for Advanced Technology (WICAT)


Theodore S. Rappaport

WICAT is a multi-university R&D center sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under its program of Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC). NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering is the lead institution in WICAT, with Prof. Theodore Rappaport serving as director. WICAT center sites are also located at Virginia Tech, University of Texas at Austin, Auburn University, and the University of Virginia.

WICAT’s mission is to collaborate with industry research partners to create flexible, efficient, and secure wireless networks that satisfy communications needs in businesses, in the home, and in the lives of individuals. The research programs help the sponsoring industries to increase the value of their investments in wireless technology by providing them with insight into leading-edge technologies, and strategies for leveraging technology investments. Research is carried out by the School of Engineering faculty members working with undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-docs, thereby contributing to the training of the next generation of wireless professionals. WICAT is part of NYU WIRELESS, NYU’s new cross-cutting research center that involves wireless communications, computing, and medicine.

Thrust areas of the WICAT research at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering are to increase network capacity and battery life of terminals, enhance network security, and structure applications to run efficiently over wireless networks. The research at Virginia Tech focuses on software-defined radios and military applications; Auburn University focuses on circuit design and automation; the University of Texas deals with of ad hoc and sensor networks; and the University of Virginia deals with video recognition, large data problems, and rapidly reconfigurable wireless networks.

Dr. Rappaport can be reached by contacting his assistant Leslie Cerve at