Research & Innovation

Stevens' Dr. Mitola and Dr. Li Lead Cognitive Radio in Annual ISART Conference

Hoboken, NJ –Dr. Joseph Mitola III, Distinguished Professor and Vice President for the Research Enterprise, and Prof. Hongbin Li, of Stevens' Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering recently represented Stevens Institute of Technology at the ISART Conference. ISART, The International Symposium on Advanced Radio Technologies, of the National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA) is a US government-sponsored conference that brings together government, academia, and industry leaders for the purpose of forecasting the development and application of advanced radio technologies. The 2011 event, held this past July, in Boulder, Colorado, in part addressed President Obama's Broadband Strategy to transition 500 MHz of government spectrum to commercial broadband use during the next decade.   Radar bands have frequently been identified as candidates for sharing, and important precedents have been set in those bands.
Dr. Mitola, recognized globally for his seminal research in cognitive radio, contributed the keynote panel overview of how cognitive radio technology can contribute to the President's Broadband plan.  This complemented Prof. Li's research in radar signal processing and Dr. Joe Guerci's seminal work on cognitive radar R&D. Dr. Mitola is an international expert in the field of Cognitive Radio. Professor Li is a highly regarded researcher and educator in the area of radar signal processing. The conference included the leading thinkers from around the world in this space, including presenters from the U.S. Navy, Mitre, Northrop-Grumman, MIT and Carnegie Mellon, to name just a few.  A consensus is emerging that cognitive radio research is a valuable technology pathfinder towards not just co-existence, but towards mutual support of broadband cognitive radio and rapidly emerging cognitive radar to share the workload of sensing and communications, meeting the challenges of effective performance where safety of human life is the key value proposition, e.g. in air traffic control. 
Professor Mitola believes that cognitive radio and radar research at Stevens points the way towards safer and more secure systems as well as stronger commercial offerings and high tech jobs in the US, but recommends expanded DoD research and testing in cooperation with NTIA and the National Science Foundation to address national security concerns at the intersection of commercial and military use of broadband radio spectrum.

About Stevens Institute of Technology
Founded in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University™, lives at the intersection of industry, academics and research.  The University's students, faculty and partners leverage their collective real-world experience and culture of innovation, research and entrepreneurship to confront global challenges in engineering, science, systems and technology management.
Based in Hoboken, N.J. and with a location in Washington, D.C., Stevens offers accredited baccalaureate, master’s, certificates and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences and management, in addition to baccalaureate degrees in business and liberal arts.  Stevens has been recognized by both the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in the areas of systems engineering and port security research. The University has a total enrollment of more than 2,350 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students with almost 450 faculty. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, governments and other universities around the world.  Additional information may be obtained at and