We are excited to launch the RENEW Visitors program, to invite the community to come work with us at Rice. The RENEW team is actively developing an open-source massive MIMO framework for 5G and beyond. Our goal is to engage the academic and corporate research community to better understand and enable their research agendas..
The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is supporting supplemental funding requests for active research awards to conduct experimental research on the NSF-funded Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR). These supplemental funding requests are anticipated to be on the order of about $50,000, with higher amounts (but strictly less than one-fifth of the original award) requiring additional justification. Funded supplements will provide support for periods of up to two years, but not exceed the existing award periods. Supplemental Request submission deadline: March 15, 2020 and thereafter every March 15 till 2023. Go to NSF's website for details.
The Free5GC is an open-source project for 5th generation (5G) mobile core networks led by Prof. Jyh-Cheng Chen and researchers from National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) in Hsinchu, Taiwan. Exchange visits between Houston and Taiwan for students and Rice faculty member Prof. Joseph Cavallaro began in 2019. The free5GC provides a core network which can be integrated with the Rice RENEW physical layer basestation hardware. An additional goal of the collaboration would be the development of experiments related to core network design to support topics such as handover and cell-free massive MIMO.
Portland State University Ph.D. student Gavin Megson spent a few months at Rice learning how to use the Iris SDR boards and performing channel measurements. Under the direction of Professor Ehsan Aryafar, he's been working on beamforming and self-interference techniques.