NYU-Poly recently announced the launch of NYU Wireless, a new wireless hospital research center based in NYU-Poly’s Downtown Brooklyn campus, calling it the “first academic center of its kind.” Although this may be a bit of a stretch (there are wireless centers set up at UCLA, USC and Harvard), NYU’s venture will be the most comprehensive as it will apply not only to patient monitoring, but also to medical imaging processes like MRIs and real-time data transfer. The project will combine NYU’s “world-class” radiology department with NYU-Poly’s innovative wireless engineering program.
NYU Wireless is helmed by Ted Rappaport, an old-hand in the wireless game (he helped invent the first wireless pacemaker). He told MobiHealthNews he hopes to “bring wireless communications to its Renaissance, including in the medical field.” Rappaport and his researchers are even trying to get a jump on your iPhone, exploring the use of 5G milli-wave wireless technology (no word on whether we’ll get an NYU Siri). The project already has 25 staffers and 100 students working on research and has already received over $10 million in research grants, although NYU initiatives are hardly strapped for cash (unlike its students).