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The Wireless Internet Center for Advanced Technology (WICAT) is a multi-university R&D center, sponsored by the National Science Foundation under its program of Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC), of which there are 57 currently active centers. WICAT is comprised of the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, as the lead institution, along with the University of Virginia, Auburn University, the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and the University of Texas at Austin.
The mission of WICAT is to collaborate with industry research partners to create flexible, efficient, and secure wireless networks that satisfy communication needs in the businesses, in the home and in the lives of individuals. WICAT researchers work closely with industrial sponsors through the Industry Affiliates Program. The research programs help the sponsoring industries to increase the value of their investments in wireless technology by providing them with insight into leading edge technologies, and strategies for leveraging technology investments. Research is carried out by faculty members working with undergraduate students, graduate students and post-docs, and researchers thereby contributing to the training of next generation of wireless professionals.