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Funding Renewed for the Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications and Distributed Information Systems

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The New York State’s Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) has renewed funding for one of its longest-running research centers, the Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications and Distributed Information Systems (CATT). 

Part of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, CATT promotes cutting-edge research and development programs based upon the industry standards and academic expertise.
Its goal is to create economically viable new technology through entrepreneurship.

NYSTAR’s decision to renew funding for CATT demonstrates the State’s confidence in the center directed by Shivendra Panwar, professor and department chair in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the NYU School of Engineering. 

The $4.45 million — to be distributed to CATT over the next five years — will be used to fund projects in the center’s three main areas: wireless technology, cybersecurity, and data science.

Through the affiliated NYU WIRELESS research center, CATT will extend its efforts revolving around the emerging fifth generation (5G) cellular technology. The research in cybersecurity — conducted jointly with the NYU Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Security and Privacy — will concentrate on resilient networks, particularly in finance. In response to the industry preoccupation with big data, the center will also continue to improve its work on media applications.  


Founded in 1983, CATT was one of the first Centers for Advanced Technology in the NYSTAR program. Over the years, it has come to play a major role in making Brooklyn’s MetroTech Center a prominent technology hub. CATT’s affiliates, NYU WIRELESS and the NYU Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Security and Privacy, are recognized nationally for taking the study of telecommunications and information systems beyond technology to human, business, and societal issues.