University of Houston joins $5M consortium for national defense innovation
The University of Houston has signed on to be a part of an organization that is working toward next-gen technology for defense purposes.
UH has announced its partnership with the Department of Defense Spectrum Innovation Center’s Spectrum Management with Adaptive and Reconfigurable Technology (SMART) Hub, which aims to conduct spectrum research to help with national defense needs. SMART Hub will develop next-generation technologies, and the research team will contribute expertise in spectrum security, economics, communication systems, radar, circuits, policy, and more.
The center is led by Baylor University, and is a collection of researchers, engineers, and economic and policy experts looking to “enact a paradigm shift in the use and management of the wireless spectrum” according to SMART Hub. The consortium is worth $5 million, and comes after UH recently awarded its largest grant in history—$63.5 million from the U.S. DoD. The previous DoD contract aims to support the campus in developing analytical modeling and simulation platforms for the U.S. Army.
Growth in use of electronic devices has led to the jamming of the bandwidth available in the wireless spectrum (radio, TV, wireless phone signals). SMART Hub will focus on new approaches of spectrum communication to assist military and corporate organizations that will confront this issue more than before. SMART Hub will combine efforts of 29 researchers at 17 institutions.
“We will be working on groundbreaking technology that will revolutionize how we use the spectrum,” professor of electrical and computer engineering at Baylor and director of the efforts Charles Baylis said in a news release. “Rather than fixed systems that use the same frequency and stay there, we’re designing systems that can adapt to their surroundings and determine how to successfully transmit and receive. It’s a true paradigm shift that requires the type of collaboration we will have in SMART Hub.”
UH’s SMART Hub team, which will be tasked to produce strategies for enhanced communication in challenging spaces like regions having electromagnetic interference, forests, inner city environments, or mountainous terrains, includes:
- David Jackson, professor of electrical and computer engineering
- Zhu Han, Moores Professor of electrical engineering
- Daniel Onofrei, associate professor of mathematics
From left, the UH SMART Hub team includes: Daniel Onofrei, associate professor of mathematics; David Jackson, professor of electrical and computer engineering; and Zhu Han, Moores Professor of electrical engineering.