NSF SAVI: Institute for Cognitive Networking (iCON)

Connecting the next billion, affordably

Funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Stevens Institute of Technology leads iCON to promote and sustain cognitive wireless networking related research and education collaborations. While the initial focus is on establishing collaborations between the U.S. and South Africa (funded by ICASA and SITA) in partnership with the U. Washington and U. Pretoria, future efforts will expand to other countries in Africa and beyond. A major emphasis is on the investigation of the fundamental challenges related to low cost, reliable wireless broadband access technologies for traditionally underserved areas using dynamic spectrum access/sharing/management techniques that exploit spectrum (e.g., T.V.) white spaces (WS). 

iCON will also organize wireless spectrum related educational/training programs, workshops and summer schools to benefit the academic community, industry and governments. 

Interested universities, industry, NGOs and government entities are welcome to join the Institute and participate in its activities. 

iCON Goals

  • facilitate new collaboration on R&D for appropriate white space wireless technology-centric solutions and 5G;
  • enable knowledge sharing and cross-fertilization among the participants, including learnings from various past projects in Africa;
  • enable sharing of emerging experimental hardware (HW) test-beds and associated software to support new trials, and;
  • promote interaction with industry and government agencies in particular with a view to impacting spectrum policies and standards.

Connecting the billion, affordably.