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Zhi Sun Receives NSF CAREER Award

Zhi Sun (center) in the Extreme Environment Communications Lab with his students.

Professor Sun's project, “Towards Metamaterial-inspired Networking for Wireless Devices in Extreme Environments,” earned this prestigious award from the National Science Foundation.

CAREER awards are the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for junior faculty and are designed to help provide a foundation for a lifetime of scientific leadership. The awards are given to outstanding scientists who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through research, education, and the integration of education and research.

The objective of Professor Sun's project is to explore for the first time the fundamentals of metamaterial-inspired networking in various extreme environments through a closed-loop combination of mathematical modeling, simulations, and experimental evaluation. This proposed plan is based on four core intertwined research tasks, i.e. (i) physical layer solutions based on channel and throughput analysis of M2I communications in various environments; (ii) environment-aware and cross-layer network control algorithms based on M2I-enabled topology-discovery technique; (iii) environment-aware localization and M2I device identification solutions; and (iv) performance evaluation and prototyping through a cross layer simulator based on Comsol Multiphysics and NS-3, and a MetaNet testbed based on software-defined radios and reconfigurable M2I antenna arrays.

Published February 28, 2017