The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced a CAREER award of $430,002 over five years to Texas Southern University (TSU) in support of Dr. Miao Pan, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the College of Science and Technology (COST), for his research proposal “SpecMax: Spectrum Trading and Harvesting Designs for Multi-Hop Communications in Cognitive Radio Networks.” The awards are the most prestigious offered by NSF’s CAREER Program and provide funding to junior faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of their organizations’ missions. Dr. Pan is the first faculty member at TSU to receive the NSF CAREER Award.
Dr. Miao Pan’s award will focus his research on spectrum trading designs in cognitive radio networks (CRNs) – a promising field that will relieve the spectrum crisis due to the booming growth in wireless services, improve spectrum utilization and facilitate spectrum trading with enormous economic benefits. His project will focus on designing a novel CRN architecture to facilitate spectrum trading and development of novel computer algorithms to extend spectrum trading for multi-hop cognitive radio communications and harvest spectrum under spectrum uncertainty. Dr. Pan’s interdisciplinary approach brings together computer science, electrical engineering, statistics, and economics. The results of this project holds the potential to advance the state of the art in spectrum trading designs and enrich the scientific knowledge of network designs and network economics. As part of this project, Dr. Pan will provide research opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students.
Apart from the recent award, Dr. Pan serves not only as a principal investigator (PI) for another NSF-supported project “EARS: Collaborative Research: Cognitive Mesh: Making Cellular Networks More Flexible” at TSU, but also as a faculty investigator for NSF Center of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) at TSU. Dr. Pan’s research spans over cognitive radio networking and communications, cybersecurity, and cyber-physical systems, a field in which he published fifteen (15) articles in prestigious journals, and over 20 referred conference papers in top conferences such as IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM), IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS), etc.