Can You Hear Me Now?

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Darn those dropped cellphone calls. Electrical engineering Professor Qilian Liang has received a three-year National Science Foundation grant to develop a system that automatically locates space within a bandwidth, reducing or eliminating dead spots in coverage. “In the wireless network industry, bandwidth is everything,” Dr. Liang says. “The system I’m developing shows where the room is in a bandwidth.” The project is part of a federal initiative whereby the NSF funds wireless research to advance the science of spectrum access.

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