(Wireless Information Network Laboratory), an
industry-university cooperative research center focused on wireless technology,, was founded at New Jerseys Rutgers University in 1989.
Its research mission is to advance the development of wireless networking
technology by combining the resources of government, industry
and academia. The center's educational mission is to train the next generation
of wireless technologists via graduate research programs that are
especially relevant to industry.
WINLAB has enjoyed considerable success in achieving these goals.
The center has completed over 20 years of research on wireless data
networks, and has made a number of important technical contributions
to mobile computing, high speed modem design, radio resource management,
and network architectures and protocols. In fulfillment of its educational
aims, to date WINLAB has also produced approximately 125 MS and PhD graduates specializing
in wireless technology. These graduates are playing a key
role within leading wireless technology and service companies as
they work toward the centers vision of deploying the Mobile
Since its inception, WINLAB has been supported by a broad cross
section of leading wireless industry sponsors, including several
major wireless equipment vendors, chip manufacturers and service providers based in
the United States, Europe and Japan. The center has also received
grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Defense Advanced
Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the New Jersey Commission on
Science and Technology (NJCST). Since 2003, WINLAB has been home to the "ORBIT" Next-Generation Wireless Testbed sponsored by NSF's Network Research Testbeds (NRT) program, thus serving as a hub for experimental wireless networking research for the community as a whole. In 2010, a WINLAB-led team was awarded a $7.6M "Future Internet Architecture" (FIA) grant from NSF to design, prototype and validate a comprehensive mobility-centric future Internet architecture called "MobilityFirst". WINLAB faculty have also been awarded numerous research grants from NSF, DARPA, ARL (Army Research Laboratory), NRL (Naval Research Lab) and other agencies on topics ranging from energy efficient radio system and dynamic spectrum access to mobile content delivery and information security/privacy.
WINLAB technology "firsts" include: CDMA technologies for 3G, mobile Infostation, software defined radios (SDR), multi-radio mesh network, low-power active RFID, network MIMO, radio grid testbed, open WiMax BTS (base station), wireless network virtualization, storage-aware routing, MobilityFirst future Internet architecture, physical layer security techniques, mobile user privacy algorithms, Internet-of-Things architecture, ParkNet system and many others.
WINLAB sponsors benefit from a collaborative relationship to advance
the development of wireless technology. The center serves as a forum
for industry-university collaboration involving peer-level technical interchange between faculty, affiliated
researchers and sponsor staff. More about the benefits of sponsorship ...