TSU Receives its First NSF CAREER Award

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    The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced a CAREER award of $430,000 over five years to Texas Southern University in support of Dr. Miao Pan, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science (CS) at the College of Science and Technology (COST), for his research proposal “CAREER: SpecMax: Spectrum Trading and Harvesting Designs for Multi-Hop Communications in Cognitive Radio Networks” (CRNs). The awards are the most prestigious offered by NSF’s CAREER Program and provide up to 5 years of funding to junior faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of their organizations’ missions. Dr. Pan is the first faculty member at TSU to have received the NSF CAREER Awards.

    Dr. Pan’s research CRNs promises to relieve the spectrum crisis due to wireless services’ booming growth and improve spectrum utilization and facilitate spectrum trading with enormous economic benefits. His project is focused on designing a novel CRN architecture to facilitate the spectrum trading, and developing novel computer algorithms to extend spectrum trading for multi-hop cognitive radio communications and harvest spectrum under spectrum uncertainty. Dr. Pan's interdisciplinary approach brings together computer science, electrical engineering, statistics, and economics. The results of this project can advance the state of the art in spectrum trading designs and enrich the scientific knowledge of network designs and network economics. As part of this project, Dr. Pan will provide research opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students.

    Dr. Pan has also been working as a principal investigator for another NSF supported project “EARS: Collaborative Research: Cognitive Mesh: Making Cellular Networks More Flexible” at TSU. He’s also working as a faculty investigator for NSF Center of Research Excellence in Science and Technology at TSU. Dr. Pan’s research spans over cognitive radio networking and communications, cybersecurity, and cyber-physical systems. Within the last four years, Dr. Pan has published 15 prestigious journal papers such as IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, etc., and over 20 referred conference papers including those in top conferences such as IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications, IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems, etc.