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August 29, 2021 | Tom Ballard

NSF awards $20 million to Duke University-led consortium focused on advanced mobile networks

A new five-year, $20 million National Science Foundation grant establishing the Duke University-led AI Institute for Edge Computing Leveraging Next-generation Networks will support the development of advanced mobile networks and a broad matrix of local datacenters to improve the speed, security and accessibility of data processing on a national scale.

Known as “Athena” for short, the new institute includes 16 Duke faculty members and 12 researchers from partner institutions MIT, Yale, Princeton, Wisconsin, University of Michigan and North Carolina A&T as well as industry collaborators from AT&T, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions, EdgeMicro and 5NINES.

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