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Striegel Awarded EAGER Grant from NSF for Transformative Research

Nina Welding • DATE: April 16, 2015

Aaron Striegel, associate professor and associate chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Early-concept Grant for Explorer (EAGER) Award for “Pilot Studies on Proximity for Taming the Wireless Data Tsunami.”

EAGER funding supports exploratory work in its early stages on untested, but potentially transformative, research ideas or approaches. All EAGER projects are considered especially “high risk-high payoff” in the sense that they involve radically different approaches, apply new expertise or engage novel disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives. Striegel’s project explores how co-location, namely devices being in the same local area, can use short-range, low-power radio communications to exchange data and reduce future wireless data needs. The project itself focuses on instrumenting the local South Shore commuter train, as well as several ultra-dense venues such as home football games and large classrooms on campus.      

Striegel, who joined the University in 2003, has received research and equipment funding from NSF, DARPA, NIH, and various companies including Intel, Sprint, and Alcatel-Lucent. His research interests focus on instrumenting the wireless networked ecosystem to gain insight with respect to user behavior and global network performance. Additional research interests include computer security and the adaptation of low-cost gaming peripherals for rehabilitation.

In addition to receiving the Faculty Early Career (CAREER) from the NSF in 2004, Striegel has received research excellence and teaching excellence awards from Iowa State University, a new faculty fellow grant from Frontiers in Education and a teaching award from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. He is also a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and has been a recent participant in National Academy of Engineering symposia on Engineering Education and the Informed Brain in the Digital World.