The Technology For All Wireless project aims to develop fundamental information technology advances that address the unique needs of  underserved communities and developing regions. Our research objectives include:

  • Development of new wireless network architectures and protocols that enable high-performance ultra-low cost wireless access (link)
  • Development of new health sensing applications that exploit low cost sensing and communication in order to address care of chronic diseases (link)
  • Development of new mobile computing platforms that address the usability needs of developing region (link)

Since 2004, we have operated a research testbed in an under-resourced community in Houston's East End. The network serves over 4,000 community residents via fully programmable network nodes. Community residents can access the network via legacy 802.11 devices or our custom instrumented mobile phones. Moreover, in April 2011, we deployed the first residential node that can access spectrum spanning from unused UHF bands (callsign WF2XPU) up to traditional WiFi bands. The testbed jointly serves as a community resource and a platform for test-driving the above research advances.

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Virtual Duplex: Scaling Dense WLANs wins best paper at IEEE Workshop 2014 CRAB.

Rice wireless experts tap unused TV spectrum
Experts create multiuser, multiantenna scheme to make most of UHF band.
Fierce Wireless
Science Codex
Science Daily
Rice University News & Media
(This article also appeared in, SpaceMart, R&D Magazine, Cellular-News and

Rural areas may soon get high-speed Wi-Fi over unused TV bands
Rice researchers presented a use for UHF TV spectrum at the Association for Computing Machinery's MobiCom 2014 conference in Hawaii.
Gizmodo Australia
White space MIMO
TV Technology
Wireless experts tap unused TV spectrum
Science 360 (This appeared on the homepage. This article also appeared in ScienceNewsline.)
Come navigare in wifi sulle frequenze televisive
Wired (An English translation is not available.)
KNVN-TV (Chico, Calif.)

Wireless for miles, by leveraging unused UHF TV spectrum
Science 2.0 (This article also appeared in ScienceDaily, TechFresh and Laboratory Equipment.)
Rice researchers unveil multiuser, multiantenna transmission scheme for UHF spectrum

MUTE: Sounding Inhibition for MU-MIMO WLANs wins best paper at IEEE SECON 2014.
ECE Rice News

Terahertz tech gets a major push at Rice.
Rice University News and Media

Presentan al MTC bondades de la tecnología estadounidense SuperWifi.

World on a Wire.
Art in America, Aimee Walleston

Artist eyes unused TV channels for New Orleans project.
Rice University News and Media
Video of the New Orleans demo
You Tube

No, Obama's Not Giving You Free 'Super Wi-Fi'
Tech News Daily
Life Science

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