The Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

ECE Professors participate in White House "US Ignite" initiative

On June 14, the White House officially announced the launch of US Ignite, an initiative to promote US leadership in next generation broadband networking by supporting the development of novel applications for ultra fast and highly programmable networks that are far beyond what the Internet today can offer. The US Ignite initiative leverages the software defined networking technologies and virtualized computing technologies developed by the National Science Foundation’s Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) project. The applications developed by US Ignite will first be demonstrated in selected cities around the country with gigabit per second or faster city-wide fiber networks.

Dr. K.C. Wang attended the June 14 White House event as an invited technology speaker, presenting Clemson’s US Ignite project as an opening for the event’s next generation technology session. K.C. and Stan Birchfield, in partnership with researchers from Portland State University, are developing an advanced transportation solution for US Ignite to connect city traffic video cameras with the city fiber network to generate real time car and pedestrian tracking information for use by multiple applications from city traffic signal operation to real time streaming traffic alert to pedestrians and drivers.

The video below was produced to give a brief introduction to the project and the US Ignite initiative. The US Ignite initiative spans multiple application areas, including transportation, healthcare, public safety, energy, education, and so on. You can read more about the initiative on the NSF's Web site: http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=124472&org=NSF&from=news, or by visiting http://www.cccblog.org/2012/06/13/administration-announcing-us-ignite-broadband-initiative/.