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Assistant Professor Danijela Cabric receives NSF CAREER Award

Danijela Cabric 2012

Danijela Cabric, a UCLA assistant professor of electrical engineering, has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation.

The NSF CAREER award is the organization’s most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

Her research proposal is titled “Cognitive Co-existence in Heterogeneous Wireless Networks.” The
research will explore an integrated physical and network layer approach for spectrum sharing by
developing algorithms and protocols that will allow heterogeneous networks to co-exist and maintain required interference constraints. The proposed framework is based on the novel idea of incorporating detailed real-time measurements and prediction of spectrum usage, including traffic parameters and network topology, into the design of cognitive protocols that respond to the actual spectrum occupancy in time, frequency, and space. The algorithms, protocols and tools developed by this research will have practical impact on a broad range of wireless systems that share same spectrum resources including: current and future unlicensed bands, vehicular and safety networks, cellular infrastructure and femto cells, emergency and defense networks.

Prof. Cabric is the director of the Cognitive Reconfigurable Embedded Systems Lab (http:// The lab focuses on all modern radio technologies, with an emphasis on systems that enable more efficient utilization of the spectrum. Cabric is a Henry Samueli Engineering Fellow and is recipient of a 2009 Okawa Foundation Award.

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