Romit Roy Choudhury has been awarded an NSF CAREER Award. Romit's research interests are in wireless networking and mobile computing. The NSF CAREEER award will support one of his projects named `Spotlight' that focuses on exploiting smart antennas for next generation wireless networks. Classical omnidirectional antennas are analogous to light bulbs that scatter energy in all directions. In contrast, smart antennas are analogous to spotlights that focus energy in user specified directions. The benefits of communicating with smart antennas can be revolutionary. However, Romit's early results have shown that merely replacing omnidirectional antennas with smarter ones will not suffice, and can even be detrimental. Spotlight will develop new networking algorithms and protocols to harness the potentials of smart antennas from the perspective of theory, design, and implementation. Medium access control, routing, transport, and security issues are of particular interest. Prototypes will be developed on mesh networks and wireless LAN platforms, with the goal of translating theoretical solutions into practice.The outcome of the research will not only be disseminated to the research community, but will also be tightly integrated with the course curriculum in Duke. For more information on Spotlight and other ongoing research, please visit Romit's Systems Networking Research Group (SyNRG).
This highly competitive program honors teachers and scholars who are likely to become academic leaders in the future. Since 1996, NSF has given the award to faculty who effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their institution.