The WCT Project will help prepare the next generation of engineering students to work in the field of wireless communications. The goal of the work is to reinforce fundamental communication engineering concepts through hands-on interactive sessions in which students use their knowledge to operate real radios in challenging environments that are generated in the Internet-accessible, FCC-licensed Cognitive Radio and Network Testbed (CORNET). Students will receive real-time feedback on their performance in tutorials and other experiences that will adapt approaches used in game applications to engage students through participation using standard web browsers on PCs, laptops, or mobile devices. As an added benefit, students will be introduced to more advanced concepts related to cognitive radio and dynamic spectrum access applications, to motivate them to pursue graduate study, research, and / or employment in these areas.
More information on the NSF IUSE grant is available at http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1432416.
Carl B. Dietrich is a Research Associate Professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. He and a group of student researchers are investigating novel approaches for test and evaluation (T&E) of cognitive radios, and are pioneering the use of efficient psychometric methods borrowed from the human sciences for T&E of cognitive radios.
Dr. Goff is a former Navy aircraft structural test engineer and a Peace Corps Volunteer. He holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, and is currently an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Engineering Education at VT. He was the founding director of the Frith Freshman Engineering Design Laboratory, former Assistant Department Head, and former director of the NSF I/UCRC Center for e-Design.
Nicholas F. Polys is Director of Visual Computing with Virginia Tech Research Computing Group and Affiliate Research Professor in the Department of Computer Science. He has developed interactive 3D graphic content and systems for over 15 years. His research interests lie at the center of graphics and human computer interaction: the intersection of visualization, virtual environments, and perception.
Dr. R. Michael Buehrer joined Virginia Tech from Bell Labs as an Assistant Professor with the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2001. He is currently a Professor of Electrical Engineering and is the Director of Wireless @ Virginia, a comprehensive research group focusing on wireless communications.
Dr. Marojevic received his MS in Electrical Engineering at the University of Hanover, Germany in 2003 and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain, 2009. He joined the Wireless @ Virginia Tech research group as a research associate in 2013, and as the manager of the CORNET testbed.
Dr. Hearn is an Assistant Professor in the Engineering Technology department at Weber State University. He earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2012 where he was a member of the Virginia Tech Antenna group and worked as a research engineer for Applied EM, Inc. He previously was employed as a mechanical engineer for a detachment of the Naval Surface Warfare Center. He is a licensed engineer in the state of Virginia.