2017 NSF REU: Research Experiences for Undergraduates in

Sustainable Wireless Communication


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Important Dates


This REU Site offers an intensive 9-week summer residential program, to be hosted at Purdue University Northwest (PNW), on the research of sustainable wireless communication. Participants will work closely with faculty mentors. The goals of this program are to increase participants’ knowledge of recent advancements in related academic research and cutting-edge technology, provide participants with an authentic environment in which to investigate effective technologies, and also to provide an enjoyable experience to help participants make informed decisions to pursue advanced graduate studies and professional careers in CISE.

Funding for this site is provided by National Science Foundation (NSF).

Why to Participate

This is a great opportunity for undergraduates to gain research experience by working with the research faculty at PNW. During this hands-on program, you will experience the design, implementation, and evaluation of a research project, as well as develop your knowledge of next generation wireless communication technology. In addition, each participant will receive:

Who are Eligible

The participants are expected to work 40 hours per week on campus during the 

REU program period. We especially encourage underrepresented minorities, and/or females, and/or students from institutions that do not offer Ph.D. degrees to apply. Applicants have to meet the following criteria.


Worldwide mobile data traffic has doubled over the past year and is expected to continue to grow at a similar rate as new applications emerge and smartphone sales continue to increase. This increasing demand is outstripping the capacity of fundamentally vulnerable and unpredictable wireless networks. Wireless networks are composed of distributed nodes, which are limited in both spectrum and power, and connected by fluctuating wireless channels. They are rendered even more unreliable by natural disasters and terrorist attacks. To accommodate the rising demand for ubiquitous high-speed data, today's researchers will need to design sustainable wireless communication networks designed to function in presence of all kinds of challenges raised by the nature of wireless communication. This program will be composed of five projects, each of which will explore one specific dimension of wireless network research:  behavior study (project 1), various impacts (project 2), intentional attacks (project 3), intermittent connection (project 4) and special application (project 5). The proposed program focuses on the following research topics/aspects all contribute to the theme of sustainable wireless communication:

Project 1:  Behavior study in wireless connectivity and performance under severe condition application

Project 2:  Social, Political, Economical, and Environmental impacts of Wireless Computing

Project 3:  Sustainable wireless networks under intentional attacks

Project 4:  Adaptive backbone-based routing in delay tolerant wireless networks

Project 5:  Smart-phone based crowdsourcing

Faculty Mentors

How to Apply

Please apply online at here. You will be asked for the following materials:


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