NOTE: On September 8, 2006, Patrick Frantz left full-time employment at Rice University to start a new career in Tokyo, Japan. These pages are maintained primarily for archival purposes.
Research & Projects
Research Interests While at Rice University
- DSP and FPGA-Based Hardware Systems;
- Mobile Wireless Devices;
- Communications Algorithm Implementations;
- Embedded Systems;
- Sensing Systems & Sensor Networks;
- International Engineering Education
In addition, I was actively involved in several research projects, mostly in the area of communications hardware development. Principally, I was a co-PI and lead the initial hardware development for the TAPs and WARP projects.
I served as a co-PI on the following NSF-funded research grants.
- A. Sabharwal, J. Frantz, E. Knightly, J. Cavallaro, and B. Aazhang, MRI: Development of WARPnet - A Platform for Programmable and Observable Deployed Wireless Networks, 7/1/2006 - 6/30/2010, $800,000.
- A. Sabharwal, J. Frantz, E. Knightly, J. Cavallaro, and B. Aazhang, CRI: Wireless Open-Access Research Platform (WARP) - A Scalable and Extensible Testbed for High Performance Wireless Systems, 6/15/2006 - 6/14/2010, $1,500,000.
- J. Kono, C. Matherly, and J. Frantz, PIRE: U.S.-Japan Cooperative Research and Education: Ultrafast and Nonlinear Optics in 6.1-Angstrom Semiconductors, 1/1/2006 - 12/31/2010, $2,200,000.
- E. Knightly, B. Aazhang, D. Johnson, A. Sabharwal, and J. Frantz, ITR: Wireless Transit Access Points: Enabling a Scalable, Deployable, High Performance Wireless Internet, 9/15/2003 - 9/14/2008, $2,417,996.
- J. Cavallaro, B. Aazhang, A. Sabharwal, and J. Frantz, MRI: Development of a National University Wireless Testbed: Rice Configurable Baseband Architecture, 8/1/2003 - 7/31/2006, $401,203.
- J. Cavallaro, B. Aazhang, E. Knightly, A. Sabharwal, and J. Frantz, CISE Research Resources: A Comprehensive Multi-Tier Wireless Network Development Platform, 9/1/2003 - 8/31/04, $200,744.
Other Projects @ Rice
Some of the projects that I worked on in my time at Rice.
- Founding of a new DSP Lab in Fall 2000 that has been named an Elite DSP Lab by Texas Instruments;
- Founding of new research lab in Summer 2000 to be used for wireless communications development;
- Served as the faculty advisor for a group of Rice Students who entered the Texas Instruments 2000 DSP and Analog Challenge. The students' project, Paladin: Personal Mobile Wireless Video, was named a worldwide finalist and received a $10,000 prize.
- Worked closely with International Programs to develop international study opportunities for engineering students.
- A documents database for the CMC and Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering;
- Established a course in system integration and high-speed PCB design and a course and practical wireless communications, both of which are now taught by others.
- Established a new introductory course, ELEC 226 to teach majors and non-majors about microcontrollers and embedded systems (Download spring 2006 syllabus).
- Worked on the internationalization of the Connexions project, an open-access tool for educational content development. The work on Japanese content has continued in collaboration with Yoji Yamada of the Ishikawa National College of Technology in Japan.