The New Jersey Institute of Technology, in Newark, said a leading Chinese manufacturer of high-speed trains will fund an NJIT research lab to develop new wireless communication technologies to provide passengers with wireless Internet connections on fast trains.
NJIT said the Chinese company, CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Research Institute Co., is providing a $250,000 grant to create the lab, to be based in the department of electrical and computer engineering. Department professors who are experts in wireless communications will do the research.
"We'll build a simulation platform to examine wireless communication performance issues for high-speed rail systems," said Mengchu Zhou, a distinguished professor at NJIT, in prepared remarks. "That platform will allow us to create a high-speed network on which passengers can use their laptops and phones to communicate with each other and the outside world."
Donald H. Sebastian, senior vice president for research and development, traveled to China in 2010 and met with NJIT alumnae Jackie Zhou. Zhou, who graduated in 2003 with a master's degree in computer science, works in economic development for the Chinese government in Zhuzhou. She also founded a chapter of the NJIT alumni association in China.
Zhou put Sebastian in touch with officials from CSR are seeking to improve high-speed train technologies. NJIT President Joel S. Bloom traveled to China with Sebastian last fall to meet with CSR officials.
Reporter Beth Fitzgerald is @BethFitzgerald8 on Twitter.