2021 NSF CAREER Award: Bin Li


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Bin Li, associate professor of electrical engineering at Penn State, earned a three and a half year, $505,900 NSF CAREER Award for a project titled “Wireless collaborative mixed reality networking: Foundations and algorithms for joint communication, computation and learning.”

What do you want to understand or solve through this project? 

This project aims to develop joint communication, computation and learning algorithms that support emerging wireless collaborative mixed reality applications, such as mission-critical training; interactive and immersive education and touring; manufacturing systems; collaborative 3D design and art; social network applications; and multiplayer gaming.

How will advances in this area impact society?

Wireless collaborative mixed reality (WCMR) applications hold great potential to revolutionize existing collaborative mission-critical training. The outcome of this project will result in the development of efficient and adaptive network algorithm designs for various WCMR applications. 

Will undergraduate or graduate students contribute to this research? How? 

Yes. Undergraduate students will participate in this project through NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. They will work with graduate students and me to develop the mixed-reality-based firefighter training system. Graduate students will be involved in both theoretical and practical aspects of the proposed research. This balanced training will not only enhance their problem solving and system implementation skills but also provide great flexibility for their future career selections. Students interested in participating should email me at binli@psu.edu for more information.

The NSF CAREER Award not only funds a research project, but it also recognizes the potential of the recipient as a researcher, educator and leader in their field. How do you hope to fulfill that potential? 

I hope to significantly contribute to and advance both theoretical and practical aspects of communication networking research; enthusiastically educate both graduate and undergraduate students by improving their problem-solving skills and critical thinking; and actively create and become involved in outreach activities by directly interacting with K-12 students to stimulate their interests in STEM-related fields.


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