The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded Arizona State University an exciting opportunity to establish a Center of Excellence in Future Generation Wireless Technology, which seeks to advance wireless communications technology to bolster national security. The Center of Excellence was awarded through the Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions Research and Education Program and is administered by the Army Research Laboratory.

Yanchao Zhang, a professor of electrical engineering in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU, will lead the $10 million initiative over the next five years. Fulton Schools researchers will collaborate with researchers at The Ohio State University to drive technological advancements to address a wide spectrum of network challenges and opportunities, including signal processing technologies, distributed control and machine learning algorithms and innovative security mechanisms.

The Center of Excellence in FutureG is strategically positioned to enhance ASU’s research and educational capabilities while positioning the university as a critical contributor to preserving the military’s technological edge in future-generation wireless, or FutureG, technology.

FutureG networks, such as 6G and beyond, are designed to seamlessly incorporate artificial intelligence and machine learning into integrated sensing, communication and computation.

FutureG networks are distinct from existing networks like 5G due to various advances, including global coverage, faster data rates, lower delays, high-precision positioning, improved network reliability, greater energy efficiency and better security.

The Center of Excellence in FutureG seeks to gain tactical advantages for the U.S. military by using FutureG networks. The center’s team will develop fundamental hardware and software solutions to ensure extraordinary network capacity, establish scalable network control, foster intelligent and resilient network management, and fortify security and reliability. Researchers in the center also aim to develop energy-efficient system-on-a-chip technology and pioneer augmented and virtual reality applications in the FutureG realm.

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