|The mission of the Center for Convergence and Emerging Network Technologies is to understand the future of networking technologies, and to engage students, faculty and industry in the process of defining and shaping that future. Convergence refers to the power of digital media to provide unified communications and new applications, devices and networks involving voice, video, data, text and money. Emerging Network Technologies refers to the other economic and technological trends affecting networking, such as new architectures and protocols and new forms of wireless broadband access. The Center’s research is interdisciplinary and applied, focusing on the management and use of networks and communication as well as relevant public policy and industrial organization issues. The Center serves three distinct constituencies:
- To provide a platform for faculty research on digital convergence and networking.
- To provide experiential learning for graduate and advanced undergraduate student teams.
- To serve as a mutually beneficial learning interface between the networking technology industries and the School of Information Studies.