Kennesaw State professor awarded NSF grant to research solutions for Internet of Things

Amora R Jelo

Kun Suo
Kun Suo 

(Jul 6, 2021)
— Kennesaw State University professor Kun Suo has been awarded a National Science Foundation
(NSF) grant to develop solutions for highly efficient, low-power computing in the

Suo, an assistant professor of computer science in Kennesaw State’s College of Computing and Software Engineering, said the $173,000 grant will allow him to continue his research involving Internet
of Things (IoT), or the interconnected network of computing devices embedded in everyday
objects. One of KSU’s Summer Research Fellows, he said the NSF grant builds on seed
funding he received through the Office of Research.

“Through the NSF grant, I will have the opportunity to explore the implications of
edge computing and IoT, and develop approaches that can improve the performance of
devices,” said Suo, who joined KSU’s Department of Computer Science in 2019. “By understanding which factors improve performance, we can work toward
software solutions that ensure devices are operating to their full potential and improve
the quality of life for their users.”

Suo’s research focuses on the operating systems that run IoT or “edge” computing devices,
such as smart thermostats and lighting fixtures, and he plans to use the funding in
order to develop a deeper understanding of how devices process large amounts of data
and identify solutions that improve efficiency while reducing the amount of energy
they consume. He plans to hire undergraduate and graduate student researchers to help
conduct the study.

“Dr. Suo serves as an excellent example of how important it is for faculty members
to seek out every possible funding opportunity in order to take their research passions
to the next level,” said Phaedra Corso, vice president for research. “We look forward
to see his solutions develop through this most recent grant and to witness the impact
it generates on industry and the public at large.”

– Travis Highfield

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