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The Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications

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What is CATT?

The Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications and Distributed Information Systems (CATT) promotes industry-university collaborative research and development. Our mission, guided by the mission of our funding agency, is to create economic impact through research, technology transfer, and faculty entrepreneurship. The CATT is sponsored by the New York State’s Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR).  Located at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, long-recognized as one of the best engineering schools in the country, the center draws on the expertise of over 50 researchers. Our team consists of leaders in the fields of electrical engineering and computer science. In addition to NYU Tandon School of Engineering faculty, the center also draws on the expertise of key researchers at Columbia University and New York University.

Cyber-Security Initiative

One FBI estimates puts the cost of cyber-crime in 2004 at about $400 billion. Even more significant, however, is that if on-line criminal activities continue to grow unchecked, confidence in the safety and reliability of the Internet will erode, leading to a reversal of the growth of e-commerce that we have seen in the last decade.

In 2006, CATT received funding from the office of New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) to embark on a mission to create an internationally recognized center that will serve as an engine for innovation and enterprise for the creation and commercialization of technologies for cyber-crime prevention, detection and attribution. NYU Tandon School of Engineering already has a very strong program in cyber-security and is ideally positioned to leverage its resources in this area to develop a center of international stature.

For more information on our current security initiatives, please see:

Research Overview

Since 1982, CATT has been improving existing technologies and anticipating future challenges, often developing innovative solutions before commercial implications are understood or recognized.  For example, our work in Internet telephony is leading the way in the most advanced technologies applied to business today.  CATT’s pioneering work on wireless signal strength prediction has been used to design cellular phone networks all over the world.

Companies that partner with CATT in joint research gain access to state-of-the-art facilities and a team of experts who understand how to turn technological breakthroughs into commercially viable products and services.

CATT’s research program provides a focus that supports all of its activities – education, consulting and business outreach. Designed with the help of CATT’s Industry Associates, the research program focuses on these key areas that are crucial to the needs of businesses today: Wireless NetworksCyber-Security, and Media/Network Applications.

For additional information, you can either view our CATT Overview presentation, or download it here (Download).

Associate Members

Associates Program

CATT meets the needs of many businesses through its research, consulting, education and business outreach efforts. For a select group of companies, members of the Associates Program, CATT offers even more. For an annual fee, participants in the Associates Program receive preferential access to the University’s research, faculty, and students in areas relevant to the Associate’s technological interests. The CATT Associates Program was designed to serve companies that provide telecommunications and distributed information systems and services, as well as users of those systems and services, such as banks and financial services institutions.

Associates Membership Benefits

  • Membership on the CATT Research Advisory Board, which helps set research priorities
  • Participation in the Annual Research Review
  • Access to research in progress
  • Active liaison with an assigned faculty member
  • In-depth research briefings at the Associate’s site
  • Preprints of research reports prior to publication
  • Courtesy days of faculty consulting services
  • Custom tailored faculty lectures at the Associate’s site
  • Preferential student recruitment opportunities
  • Tuition discounts on seminars and workshops
  • Free seats in CATT short courses.

The benefits of membership in the Associates Program extend to all of a corporation’s divisions and subsidiaries. Current Associates are located throughout the United States.

Programs and Courses

M.S. – Telecommunications and Information Management (TIM/MOTClick here)

As part of its mission to foster industry/university partnerships and workforce development, CATT offers short courses to its members, and industry at-large, on relevant technical topics of interest. Courses are taught by faculty and/or technical subject matter experts. Arrangements can also be made to bring customized tutorials off-site to corporate facilities. Our faculty works closely with NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s Office of Enterprise Learning to bring customized course offerings to our corporate customers.

About the Center

The mission of the New York State Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications (CATT) at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering is to foster industry/university partnerships by focusing on economic development, technology transfer, workforce training, entrepreneurial support, and research and development. In addition, CATT will address and help solve problems while creating exciting new opportunities in the following three areas:

  • Wireless and Personal Communications networks and devices
  • Secure Information Technologies and Solutions
  • Media and Network applications/services.

Our History

Formed in 1982, through a program initiated by the State of New York, CATT receives $1,000,000 in annual funding from New York State’s Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) with a similar amount of funding received annually from industry for research and education. NYSTAR’s mission is comprised of four key goals – benchmarks, these key goals are:

  1. Spur economic development in New York State through academic research.
  2. Substantially increase the amount of Federal research dollars New York and its researchers obtain.
  3. Coordinate and organize New York’s wide array of science and technology informational resources and provide our academic, business and research communities access to these resources.
  4. Develop and recommend policies to the Governor and Legislature that will allow the State to take greater advantage of the tremendous economic power of its inherent science, technology, and academic research assets.

CATT’s research, industry, and educational activities are very much in alignment with those goals. The past successes of CATT have resulted in being awarded a designation as an Enhanced Center of Advanced Technology (E-CAT) in wireless internet communications. That designation evolved into an NSF funded research center, the Wireless Internet Center of Advanced Technology (WICAT), in which the NYU Tandon School of Engineering is the lead research institution. In 2006 CATT’s research also led to the receipt of a second E-CAT designation and a $1.6 million grant to develop Cyber-crime Prevention initiatives.


Our main mission, at the New York State Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications, is to provide resources for the development of new technologies and services – by facilitating R&D partnerships between New York State companies and university researchers. We measure success in the form of job creation, creation of intellectual property, workforce training and education, and improved competitiveness for New York State businesses.

Why work with us?

Enhance your R&D Efforts and stretch your R&D Budget.
Take advantage of an already developed university researcher expertise. Find and secure the technology needed to unlock your next product offering, or secure your market space. Your R&D dollar will go much farther in a joint project with CATT participation than if you go at it alone. Your application for federal/state R&D dollars will gain weight and credibility with our expert review, contingency financial commitment, and support letter.

Access to the entire NYU Tandon School of Engineering and NYU faculty.
We will be your portal to the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and New York University. Once we understand your needs, we will recommend applicable faculty members with whom to discuss them further, and outline next step efforts to take your idea to market. By partnering with us you get access to not only our great team of subject matter experts, but you also get access to an incredible base of labs and resources.

Leverage our network.
The center’s contacts roster is continually being expanded and updated by our ongoing outreach program. Let us put our industry knowledge and contacts to work for you and help you find the new connection or corporate partner you need.

Let us train your new employees.
Students and other researchers, including those recruited by the CATT specifically for projects with your company, will become a natural source of trained employees. Over the years we have successfully placed many of our highly skilled and well trained graduate students for full-time positions at our partner companies.

Who works with us?

We are ready to aid all companies to find a technology match or a subject matter expert, at CATT, suited to their particular needs. Companies with a New York State presence are eligible for our financial assistance, based on our matching guidelines. Over the last 30 years, the center has worked with over 75 unique companies, ranging from start-ups and small business to large multinational corporations, see our Project Partners page for a complete list. The center has authorized matching budgets commensurate with large projects in the past, and particularly welcomes small and startup companies.