Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) and Institute for Systems Research (ISR)
A. James Clark School of Engineering
Dr. Anthony Ephremides heads the Green Communications initiative in the Institute for Systems Research; the objective is to develop new knowledge and techniques for reduced energy consumption in the cyber-infrastructure, that is, to reduce energy expenditures for computing, control and communications in all their forms. Until now it was considered that cyber-systems consume negligible amounts of energy. This is not only disproved (currently at least 2% of global energy consumption supports cyber-functions) but this percentage is expected to grow to about 10% by 2020 if nothing is done.
We have become members of the Green Touch Consortium which was formed last year and consists of over 20 major Communications Companies, Research Institutes and Universities. It is led by Alcatel-Lucent Labs (the President of which is Jeong Kim (a UMD alumnus who has donated heavily to the University)) and its aim is to reduce energy expenditures for communications by a factor of 1000 by the year 2015.
We also have established an NSF-funded laboratory for the design of prototype wireless sensors that are energy-efficient within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.