The interdisciplinary research of the department is marked by the leveraging of state-of-the-art technologies in intelligent networks and systems that promise to transform various aspects of society. Researchers are innovating at the very foundations of modern technology, where they are building robot and device networks that dynamically cooperate with a wide range of applications, breaking down barriers for radio spectrum access, and using mobile phones to promote health and safety.
"Cognitive radio" provides dynamic spectrum access that allows wireless communications devices to intelligently scan the radio environment and identify the best frequencies over which to transmit and receive data.
Researchers improve consumer healthcare by leveraging the advanced sensors in mobile smart phones in novel ways to provide users with relevant health recommendations that are specifically tailored to them based on automatically collected data.
To increase safety on the road, wireless researchers are looking for technologies that can passively influence the behavior of drivers who put themselves and others at risk through distracting cell phone use.
Jay Leno highlights Stevens research in preventing cellphone-caused car accidents.
Seeking to provide more intelligent technological support for agencies charged with clean-up efforts, researchers deploy a heterogeneous robot team of wave gliders, unmanned surface vessels, and autonomous underwater vehicles that detects and monitors the propagation of oil plumes.