The intellectual merit of our research is embodied in: a) an automated service negotiation framework, b) experience with systems that use policy constraints to guide automatic configuration; c) related protocols for security and billing; d) the demonstration of new application user interface paradigms implied by the personal router; and e) identification and definition of the interfaces between a PR device and the other consumer devices that can be connected to the Internet using it.
The broader impacts of our research are the possibility of creating a new market model for wireless service based on small business investment and local competition rather than service provision only by large, national-level corporations.
Our project promotes a unique vision of the future of wireless; to succeed in this admittedly ambitious research effort work is ongoing in the following areas. See the overview sections to learn about ongoing research and the publications page to find more detailed descriptions.
For an overview read about our PR client research efforts. For more detailed information read the following papers that we have published.
Client and provider interfaces and protocols
For an overview read about our interface and protocol research. For more detailed information read the papers that we have published in this area.
Wireless access providers
For an overview read about our provider relevant research efforts. For more detailed information read the following papers we have published in this area.
While the three topics above pose difficult focused research questions, there remains the larger research and engineering challenge of integrating the pieces into a coherent systems architecture. For part of the integrated systems design we are able to leverage work ongoing in other places. Some problems presented by the architectural challenges of the PR project though require further research efforts on our part. For an overview of these challenges see the section on system architecture challenges. For more detailed look at the related work and the systems perspective of the PR project see the following paper: