CyLab Mobility Research Center
Increasingly powerful mobile systems, such as mobile phones, in-vehicle and hand-held travel guidance systems, and other network enabled devices are becoming the dominant mechanisms for Internet access and personalized computing, rapidly overshadowing the personal computing era. Fast and ubiquitous networking technologies will enable anywhere-anytime computing and novel applications. Embedded wireless sensors in appliances, vehicles, objects and the environment are dramatically enriching the available information and expanding the interaction context. Context-aware services such as mobile shopping, advertising, gaming and social networking are on the increase. To fully realize a vision of the connected mobile future, we need to better understand how people can work, play and collaborate in the mobile ecosystem and how to meet those needs through new designs, technologies, implementations and deployment mechanisms.
Research within the MRC has flourished, covering wireless security, mobile context awareness, airborne sensing, in-building sensing. As the MRC expands, we are exploring cross-layer mobile networking, platformization of the Internet of Things, camera as a primary input device for mobile phones, ultra-low-power computing and indoor positioning systems.
See History for more on the background of the Mobility Research Center.