Professors Ashutosh Sabharwal and Behnaam Aazhang in the Rice ECE Department received a 2019 SIGMOBILE Test of Time Award for their 2006 paper “Design of WARP: A wireless open-access research platform” - a custom platform for research in advanced wireless algorithms and applications. This award recognizes outstanding papers that have had a lasting impact on the field of mobile computing.
SIGMOBILE is the international professional organization for scientists, engineers, executives, educators, and students dedicated to all things mobile.
When asked about their award, Patrick Murphy, Ashutosh Sabharwal, and Behnaam Aazhang agreed “It is an honor to get this particular recognition. Developing a hardware platform as a research testbed is a risky venture. We indeed persevered. It is great to have an incredible team and a supportive department”.
WARP was a groundbreaking open-source specialized hardware platform for high-performance wireless research. As one of the very few university hardware projects that moved outside the university, WARP has served as an experimental enabler for hundreds of ideas which otherwise would have hardly demonstrated, due to code base limitations and large cost of wireless platforms capable of supporting high-end research. In the process, WARP was instrumental in changing the way the SIGMOBILE wireless community did research – strong experimental evidence versus oversimplified simulations.