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Welcome to the Wireless Science and Engineering Lab

Our research includes understanding, evaluating, and designing various portions of wireless communication systems, primarily at the physical and data link layers of the communications protocol stack.  This includes modeling of the wireless channel itself (in multiple environments), modulation/demodulation, transmitter/receiver signal processing, multiple access, etc.

October 2017

Prof. Matolak hosted the project “kickoff” meeting for his new NASA University Leadership Initiative project. Attendees included four NASA engineers and program directors, co-investigators from NC State University, Boise State University, and Architecture Technology Corporation, and students and post-doctoral research associates working on the project.

At the 2017 IEEE Military Communications Conference in Baltimore, Prof. Matolak presented the paper “Enhanced Airport Surface Multi-carrier Communication Systems: Filterbank Advantages over AeroMACS OFDM” (co-author Ph.D. student H. Jamal). Dr. Matolak also chaired a session on wireless channel modeling.

September 2017

Two graduate MS students of Dr. Matolak, Albert Smith and Patrick Murphy, returned from their summer internships at NASA Glenn Research Center, where they worked on aviation communications research and engineering.

Prof. Matolak attended the IEEE/AIAA Digital Avionics Systems Conference in St. Petersburg, FL. At the conference, he presented a paper on his new NASA aeronautical communications project in a special session. He also chaired another special session on future air traffic management. While in Florida, Prof. Matolak also gave an invited presentation at Honeywell Aerospace.

July 2017

For Dr. Matolak’s new NASA research grant, under NASA’s University Leadership Initiative, Dr. Matolak will brief members of Congress and NASA leadership on his project July 13-14. The short presentation will note research on improvements needed for an air traffic management system that is unprepared to handle rapidly expanding air travel and air transport in the U.S and globally. Please click here to view the University Press Release.

June 2017

Dr. Matolak was a visiting scientist at the German Aerospace Center in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, outside Munich. Dr. Matolak conducted joint research on aeronautical communications for civil aviation, with focus on propagation, wireless channel modeling, and aeronautical communication system performance. Investigations covered multiple frequency bands and physical and data link layer communication system topics, including modulation, detection, and MIMO.

Ph.D. student Nozhan Hosseini presented the paper “Software Defined Radios as Cognitive Relays for Satellite Ground Stations Incurring Terrestrial Interference” at the IEEE Cognitive Communications for Aerospace Applications Workshop in Cleveland, Ohio, 27-28 June, co-author D. W. Matolak.

During the first week of June, 2017, Prof. Matolak taught an invited short course at the National Institute of Technology, in Rourkela, Odisha, India. The course had more than 20 students from across the east-Indian region.

May 2017

Prof. Matolak participated as an invited panelist on the panel Propagation Challenges in New 5G Use Cases at the IEEE International Conference on Communication (ICC) in Paris, France, 24 May. Prof. Matolak also presented the paper “Spatial and Frequency Correlations in Two-Ray SIMO Channels” at ICC, co-authors H. Jamal, R. Sun.

April 2017

Ph.D. student Jinwen Liu presented the paper “Investigation of Tropospheric Attenuations for UAS Beyond-Line-of-Sight Communications, and the ITU-R Tropospheric Attenuation Model,” at the IEEE Integrated Communications, Navigation, and Surveillance Conference in Herndon, Virginia, 18-20 April, co-author D. W. Matolak.

March 2017

Ph.D. student Hossein Jamal presented the paper “Spectrally-Shaped FBMC Performance in the Presence of DME Interference” at the IEEE Aerospace Conference in Big Sky, Montana, 4-11 March, co-author D. W. Matolak.

July 2016

Our group received another grant from NASA, on beyond line-of-sight, aircraft to satellite communications.

January 2016

Our group was awarded a grant supplement from NASA, on our project Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Research: The AG Channel, Robust Waveforms, and Aeronautical Network Simulations.