Thanks to Wi-Fi and cellular networks, almost all of today’s technology is connected in ways that would have been difficult to understand 20 years ago. Wireless computing systems enable secure, robust, and high-performance applications in education, business, transportation, healthcare, entertainment, and more.

Ensuring that these communication networks continue to function in the event of natural disasters or malicious attacks has become a key priority for government and private industry.

Earlier this year, the National Science Foundation announced a new investment of more than $37 million to develop smart, resilient, and reliable next-generation—or NextG—grids. The RINGS program – short for Resilient and Intelligent Next-Generation Systems – is a public-private research partnership aimed at increasing the competitiveness of the United States in NextG networking and computing technologies and strengthening the security and resilience of technologies and NextG infrastructure.

Private sector partners include big names in the technology industry such as Apple, Ericsson, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Nokia, Qualcomm and VMware. On the federal side, the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering of the United States Department of Defense as well as the National Institute of Standards and Technology participate.

Assistant Professor Jian Li – a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Binghamton University’s Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering and Applied Science – and a team of collaborators from New York University have received a $1 million grant over three years through the RINGS Program.

Their research will focus on vulnerabilities that can affect the availability, reliability, and resiliency of wireless edge networks, which accelerate response times by placing compute and data storage capabilities as close to the source of the data as possible. an application instead of a larger data center further away. . Edge networks can also be more resilient to failures because they distribute resources rather than centralize them.

“Our sponsors talk a lot about 6G networks, even though consumers won’t see it for years,” Li said. “There are challenges in next-generation networks, and we want to be prepared for what will happen in the future.”

Using advanced data modeling, Li and his collaborators aim to design new learning-based algorithms that facilitate recovery from major network disruptions by strategically using backup and external resources.

Under the RINGS program, technology companies that partner with grant recipients will offer real-world data, technical expertise, and other support for research.

“The RINGS program is a visionary and ambitious effort that will benefit many critical aspects of societal infrastructure and have long-term, transformational impacts on the next generation of network systems,” said Gurdip Singh, Director of Networking Division. NSF computer and network systems. the initiative was announced. “I’m thrilled to see how the recipients of this program are leading the way to new communications capabilities that improve our lives, from education to infrastructure and national security.”