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12.17.09 - Boeing Extends MANET Grant

Yousefi'zaden (pictured) and Jafarkhani will add advanced
communication techniques to their MANET software.

A year ago, armed with a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the Boeing Co., electrical engineering and computer science professors Homayoun Yousefi’zadeh and Hamid Jafarkhani began refining a mobile ad hoc network (MANET) testbed they had assembled in the Calit2 Building.

MANETs are collections of autonomous mobile wireless nodes that can transmit and receive a variety of data and rich media content in real time outside of the boundaries of an established infrastructure.

The two have been leading the effort to create custom MANET software that controls software-defined radios (SDRs) in an effort to improve performance and efficiency in the system while reducing cost.

Now, Boeing has extended the contract for an extra year with an additional $250,000 grant designated for design and implementation of advanced physical-layer communication techniques in the testbed.

These techniques, says Yousefi’zadeh, will help the group’s researchers develop software options that can improve the performance of MANET nodes in a distributed network setting.