The National Science Foundation has awarded a five-year, $18.5 million grant to establish an engineering research center based at The University of Arizona. The center, or ERC, will focus on removing one of the last bottlenecks in the Internet by developing optoelectronic technologies for high-bandwidth, low-cost, widespread access networks. Together with USC Professor Alan Willner, Professor Keren Bergman will lead the system and networking research thrust of the center.
The UA and nine partner universities will collaborate as the Center for Integrated Access Networks, or CIAN, to create an advanced optical access network capable of delivering data more than a thousand times faster to users at lower cost than they now pay to connect to information data bases and communication networks.
More detailed information is available at http://uanews.org/node/21588