ICTAS Seed Funding Provides Foundation for Winning NSF Proposal
July 18, 2012
Congratulations to Dr. Yaling Yang, Assistant Professor in Virginia Tech's Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). Dr. Yang successfully leveraged ICTAS seed funding received in 2010 to win a $700,000 multiyear National Science Foundation (NSF) award with Co-PIs Jeff Reed and Chao Wang, both from ECE. Dr. Yang's seed proposal was awarded under the Junior Faculty Collaborative proposal category which encourages and supports collaborative research relationships between junior and senior faculty members on topics that align with the institute's eight research thrusts. Dr. Yang's proposal topic aligned with the ICTAS cognition and communication thrust. Dr. Yang's seedling proposal titled "Real-world Orientated Design for Dynamic Spectrum Access Systems" studied the relationship between performance and various design options of cognitive radio networks and analyzed how performance impacted real-world applicability. Specifically, the team targeted assessing cognitive radio design vulnerability that may harm the security of all kinds of wireless networks and combined security technology with commercial operation to combat such a problem. One goal of ICTAS seed funding is to provide resources for investigators to develop preliminary results and create the foundation for pursuing more extensive research projects. Dr. Yang used her seed award to identify strong results that supported nine published papers in conferences and journals, an additional nine papers in review, and presentations at seven top-tier conferences. These results helped provide Dr. Yang and her Co-PIs with the foundation for a winning NSF proposal titled "SDR Shield" that will develop hardware-based security solutions for software-defined cognitive radios.