EUR 3.7 million to wireless networks research

(14 Nov 11)

The Academy of Finland, Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, and the US National Science Foundation have made the decisions concerning the joint call in the field of wireless networks research. The total funding for research projects comes to EUR 3.7 million, of which the Academy’s contribution is EUR 950,000.

With the exponential growth of wireless communication, existing telecommunication networks are unable to handle the increasing traffic. The funding is granted with a view to supporting the creation of renewed and more efficient networks.  

The projects to be funded are the following:

Funding was awarded to a joint project between Aalto University and the University of California researching the design and optimisation of dynamic resource allocation and interference management strategies for spectrally efficient wireless networks with multiple levels. The Aalto University researchers participating in the project are Professor Jyri Hämäläinen and Professor Risto Wichman. The project aims at an increased efficiency in the use of radio frequencies.

Another project to be funded is a joint venture between the University of Oulu and the University of Florida. The project is researching so-called Cognitive Capacity Harvesting networks, which can intelligently harvest network resources and enable or enhance user services with better quality. The Finnish partner in the project is Professor Savo Glisic from the University of Oulu.

Senior Research Fellow Marian Codreanu received funding for a joint project with the University of Maryland and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The project investigates green wireless communication systems and spectrum efficiency. The researchers involved will, for instance, develop energy performance bounds for diverse, carefully selected architectures in order to yield insights into the design of general networks.

In addition, funding was awarded to Professor Markku Juntti, University of Oulu, and Olav Tirkkonen, Aalto University, for a collaborative project with researchers from the University of Maryland and Northwestern University. The joint project focuses on fundamental principles of robust and secure secondary user communication in cognitive radio systems. The main topic is to ensure that secondary users, which may be associated with different cognitive networks and seek to operate in the same frequency band, can effectively coexist.

More information: 

  • Science Adviser Kati Sulonen, Academy of Finland, tel. +358 9 7748 8480, kati.sulonen(at)

Academy of Finland Communications
Vesa Varpula
Communications Specialist
tel. +358 9 7748 8458

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