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Georgia Tech Partners with Penn State to Form New Industry/University Research Center

Atlanta, GA

The National
Science Foundation (NSF) has approved an Industry/University Cooperative
Research Center for Optical Wireless Applications (COWA), housed in the College
of Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The new center will
be mainly supported by participating industry members for the first five-year period, including seed funding from the NSF. It will substantially impact the
advanced technology of optical wireless systems and applications for imaging,
sensing, and communication networks. A joint effort with Pennsylvania State
University, COWA will be led on the Georgia Tech side by Gee-Kung Chang,
Georgia Research Alliance (GRA) Eminent Scholar and Byers Endowed Professor in Optical
Networking at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). Mohsen
Kavehrad, a chair professor in the Department of
Electrical Engineering, will lead the Center’s efforts at Penn State.

The goal of the
center is to foster an innovative research environment driven by industrial
needs to develop leading edge, radio-over-fiber technologies for delivering
multi-gigabit, multi-band wireless services over optical access networks with 100x
more capacity at higher bit rates and longer reach than current wireless
communications. Four ECE professors at Georgia Tech–Nikil S. Jayant, Raghupathy
Sivakumar, Stephen E. Ralph, and John R. Barry–will work with Dr. Chang in this
new center. Their research tasks will include developing integrated
opto-electronics components with smart optical-wireless interfaces necessary to
facilitate collaborative functions and features among digital, RF, and optical

Last revised August 1, 2017