CICTR Objective

CICTR researchers team with industry and government partners to generate solutions for the current and future technical challenges in those areas of technologies, systems, and network architectures that enable the vision of the information age.

Merging fundamental research with real world applications, our research group attempts to improve the performance and reliability of Communications Networked Systems.


CICTR activities include feasibility studies, applied research, software development, hardware prototype development, and education and training [1].


[1] M. Kavehrad, “An overview of the Communications and Information Technology  Research at  Pennsylvania State University” ACM SIGMOBILE Mobile Computing and Communications Review, Vol.-4, No.-2, pp. 70-73, April 2000.



CICTR mission is to enhance Information and Communications Sciences & Technology Research and Education through Government / University / Industry partnerships in focused and shared pre-competitive research programs. To fulfill this Mission, CICTR will achieve the following three key objectives:

  • Create relevant world class technology and transfer it to industry,

  • Increase the flow of "Penn State" trained researchers skilled in the understanding  and application of the strategic technologies.

  • Stimulate collaborative research with industry/government at CICTR, in order to maximize the intellectual capacity deployed to meet the global challenges in Information & Communications Sciences and Technologies. 

CICTR Benefits Industry

CICTR research projects are instigated by industry planning group. The following are benefits to industry:

  • Product R&D in a leveraged effect environment. Technical resource training ---There is a need for graduates with training in the multi-disciplinary field of Information & Communication Technology.

  • These engineers are needed to work on networks and systems currently under planning. Access to research --- Our projects will create the climate in which longer term studies may be pursued.

  • The results of these studies are then transferred to the industry.

CICTR Benefits Penn-State

 CICTR activities will help keep Penn State at the forefront of the information and communications technology research and development. The following are benefits to Penn State:

  • Creation of multi-discipline research teams.

  • Student training under a much better educational experience.

  • Projects encourage interaction with other US research teams, and with laboratories and universities around the world.

  • Establishment of a university-based laboratory equipped with modern hardware/ software tools.

  • New graduate and undergraduate courses out of research findings. 

  • More employment opportunities for graduates, helping the economy.

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