The Wireless Communications and Positioning Lab (WCPL), established by an initial grant from the Department of Defense to the Center for Advanced Communications (CAC), is directed by Dr. Yimin D. Zhang. The WCPL performs research and development activities in the broad areas of statistical and array signal processing for wireless communications and networking, localization, and navigation. The Lab facilities provide coherent data generation and collection capabilities of a wide spectrum of multi-channel digital and analog radio frequency (RF) signals combined with analyses and signal syntheses tools needed for the CAC to stay on the top of the wireless connectivity, cellular telephony, and GPS/GNSS technologies. The WCPL also allows testing of various techniques for wireless localization and navigation, using multiple-antenna transmitters and receivers.
The WCPL handles several projects related to wireless network connectivity for urban sensing, optimization of network resource allocation, multiuser cooperative diversity systems, array beamforming for wideband telemetry digital communications, array processing for interference/jammer suppression in GPS/GNSS receivers, orphan meter detection and localization, space-time coding for wireless communications, applications of smart antennas to rotorcrafts, and indoor wireless channel modeling and equalization.