KU researchers receive $450,000 grant from Defense Department

University of Kansas researchers have been given a $450,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to study streamlining communication and improving intelligence-gathering capabilities, the university said in a prepared statement on Tuesday.

The grant that will enable Sarah Seguin and other KU researchers to buy equipment to conduct research on increasing the availability on the currently usable portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, the statement said.

Those are the federally regulated airwaves licensed to cellphone companies as well as radio and TV stations.

Because smartphones and tablets use up bandwidth, there is a growing need for additional space on the spectrum for high-speed mobile networks, the KU statement said.

It’s a finite resource, so regulators say there is competition, including for military bandwidth.

Seguin, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, is the principal investigator on this project; KU researchers will try to find ways to maximize data transmission, KU said in the prepared statement.