Prof. Kassas Receives $350K Grant from NIST

Electrical and computer engineering assistant professor Zak Kassas

Prof. Zak Kassas received a three-year $350,000 grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)Prof. Kassas is a Co-PI on this grant with Prof. Andrei Shkel the PI and Prof. Solmaz Kia a Co-PI (both from the University of California, Irvine). The total awarded grant for this project is $1,960,613. The grant will fund research to develop an innovative framework for location-based services to localize emergency responders, assets and equipment, and other people (e.g., patients and trapped persons) indoors and in covered outdoor environments, where GPS signals are unusable. The project will develop the ultimate navigation chip (uNavChip): a chip-scale personal navigation system integrating deterministic localization and probabilistic signals of opportunity. The project will integrate (1) state-of-the-art micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) inertial measurement units (IMUs) on the same chip with micro-machined ultrasonic transducers (CMUTs), (2) exploitation of cellular signals of opportunity as external aiding sources, and (3) cooperative localization among mobile agents with relative measurements.

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