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NSF Awards Grant to Dr. Lan Wang to Continue Work on “New” Internet

Contact: Gabrielle Maxey

June 27, 2014 - The National Science Foundation has awarded a $350,000 grant to Dr. Lan Wang, associate professor of computer science at the University of Memphis, for the Named Data Networking Next Phase project. The grant will allow researchers to continue creating a more reliable and robust Internet. The project redesigns the Internet architecture to offer better support for security, mobility and new applications.

Wang is on a team of researchers from eight institutions that received a $5 million NSF grant to further develop, deploy and test Named Data Networking, a novel future Internet architecture. Named Data Networking Next Phase (NDN-NP) is led by researchers at UCLA, with collaborators at the University of Memphis, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of California San Diego, Washington University, University of Michigan, Colorado State University and University of Arizona. The NDN project is partnering with Open mHealth, a non-profit, patient-centric health ecosystem, and with UCLA Facilities Management to test how its system works in real-world settings.  

“In the first phase of the NDN project, we developed a name-based dynamic routing protocol called NLSR, which is being deployed on the NDN testbed,” said Wang. “In the second phase, we will focus on developing an inter-domain routing protocol that will allow Internet service providers to build name-based routing tables in a secure and policy-compliant manner. We will also collaborate with other universities to build an adaptive forwarding plane to support mHealth and other applications.”

More information about the NDN project is available at

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