Computer science and software engineering professors receive NSF grant

Published: Sep 18, 2009 3:22:00 PM
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Richard Chapman

Richard Chapman

Saad Biaz and Richard Chapman, faculty members in Auburn University's Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, recently received a two-year collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Biaz and Chapman will work on a networking test bed project with researchers at Tuskegee University and the University of Texas-Austin. The NSF award totals $650,000, of which $190,000 is designated specifically for Auburn.

The goal of the project is to build a networking test bed for autonomous air and ground vehicles. The product will consist of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which will autonomously fly within a limited area to accomplish a variety of missions. The UAVs will be assisted by terrestrial mobile networking stations.

Saad Biaz

Saad Biaz

Collaborators from Tuskegee University include faculty members Affane Aji Chadia and Javed Khan. University of Texas-Austin faculty member Sriram Vishwanath will also work on the project.

Biaz joined the computer science and software engineering faculty at Auburn in 2001, and holds degrees in computer science and electrical engineering from Texas A&M University and the Université Henri Poincaré, Nancy, France, respectively. His research interests include distributed systems, 3G wireless systems, congestion control and transport protocols for heterogeneous networks.

Chapman has been an Auburn computer science and software engineering faculty member since 1993. He holds graduate degrees in computer science and mathematics from Cornell University and Oxford University. He is the director of the Center for Innovation in Mobile, Pervasive and Agile Computing Technology (IMPACT), which focuses on ubiquitous computing, wireless and mobile networks, information assurance, human-computer interaction and system software.

Contributed by Cassity Hughes