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Reinventing Mobile Communications for Emergency Responders

Eric Anderson


There is currently a nationwide effort to modernize communication, information, and data services used by emergency responders. At the heart of this is the deployment of the National Public Safety Broadband Network — a public-safety-oriented cellular voice and data network. As data- and computation-intensive applications take on a greater role in public safety operations, ensuring the performance and reliability of those applications becomes critical. Public safety networks and applications will need to function well under a broader range of connectivity challenges than typical commercial ones, such “off-network” device-to-device communication with no base station, incident-area networks with rich local connectivity but poor (or no) remote connection, or disaster response with extensive loss of infrastructure. The National Institute of Standards and Technology is beginning a 6 year, $300M research and development program aimed at addressing some of these challenges. This talk will briefly discuss those efforts and opportunities in this space, and interested researchers are strongly encouraged to meet with Eric off-line.


Eric Anderson is a Senior Scientist for Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) at NIST. Dr. Anderson is developing the division’s advanced research programs and funded extramural research. He was previously a System Scientist in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, working in vehicular networking, radio propagation and channels, network architecture, and measurement infrastructure. Eric also served as consulting faculty for the Institute for Software Research eBusiness Technology program. He was a one of the inventors of the adaptive sensor network/IoT MAC protocol X-MAC, and developed signal quality pricing as a cross-layer optimization mechanism. Eric’s current research interests are at the intersection of networks, wireless, and public policy. Dr. Anderson completed a post-doc in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science and interdisciplinary certificate in Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado.

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Eric Anderson
National Institute of Standards and Technology
EEB 105
10 Jan 2017, 10:30am until 11:20am