Kennesaw State professor receives NSF grant to research promising network technology

Tu Nguyen

KENNESAW, Georgia (Sep 8, 2021) – Kennesaw State University computer science professor Tu Nguyen received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to meet the massive demand for services placed on cellular networks.

The NSF Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII) award of $ 174,971, also known as the ‘mini-CAREER’, is a highly competitive grant specifically designed for early career faculty members. Nguyen’s accepted proposition is entitled: “Towards a robust RAN partitioning: theories, algorithms and applications”. With the rapid growth of new Internet services and applications, Radio Access Network (RAN) slicing has become one of the most promising architectural technologies for the next 5G era.

According to Nguyen, RAN slicing allows physical infrastructure resources to be shared across many virtual networks. Each network is built on the underlying physical RAN and provides a set of services. This technology is essential to open up new opportunities for the next generation of network systems.

“This project will have positive impacts not only on Internet users and service providers, but also on society in general,” said Nguyen, assistant professor in the computer science department. “For example, if you’re at home, maybe you watch YouTube, someone else can watch Netflix, and you can have kids who use video chat. There are many types of applications running at the same time and this technology promises to provide high quality services for a wide variety of applications.

Nguyen, who joined KSU’s College of Computer Science and Software Engineering in July 2021, plans to use the funding to explore new schemes and algorithms to address the fundamental challenges of RAN slicing and will do so with a research team from ‘graduate and undergraduate students. This proposed research will lay the groundwork for his team’s overall goal of developing fundamental tools, algorithms and mathematical principles to design intelligent, secure and self-organizing systems with applications to network systems.

“I want to increase student participation in my research projects,” Nguyen added. His team is currently working on other projects involving cyber-physical manufacturing systems and quantum networks. Nguyen hopes this grant will serve as a springboard for future research and funding at KSU.

– O’Brien Barrows Abbey

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