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Distinguished research professor Joseph Mitola III, currently vice president for the research enterprise at the Stevens Institute of Technology, is well known for his research in developing software-defined radio and cognitive radio systems. Both ideas were not seen as practical at the time but have since become important, mainstream radio approaches.
His current focus is multifunction RF, which would combine radio communications and the radar technologies used to track aircraft. Multiple small radar stations would replace the relatively few stations near major airports. They could provide both traditional radar and high-speed public radio-communications services. Mitola said this could bring broadband services to sparsely populated areas and add reliability to the nationwide radar system.
The Inside Story interviewed Mitola about multifunction RF.