Wireless Communication and Positioning Lab (WCPL)

Wireless Communication and Positioning Lab (WCPL)

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.

Area of Expertise

  • Wireless Communications and Networking
  • Smart Antennas and Adaptive Beamforming
  • MIMO technology
  • Cooperative and Distributed Signal Processing
  • Direction Finding
  • Blind signal and array processing
  • Space-time processing
  • Channel estimation and characterization
  • Channel Equalization
  • Anti-jam GPS
  • Multi-path mitigation

Facilities

  • Two Agilent ESG E4438C Vector Signal Generators
  • Agilent 89641 Vector Signal Analyzer
  • Agilent Infiniium 54855A Digital Oscilloscope
  • Agilent ENA 5071B Network Analyzer
  • Matlab/Simulink
  • EDX Microcell/Indoor Module
  • GPS multiple antenna data collection system

Opportunities

The WCPL Lab is looking for qualified candidates to fill in the following position:

Research Assistant
A Research Assistant position is available for graduate students in the areas of wireless communications and geolocation, such as space-time coding, MIMO, and multipath and interference mitigation for GPS.

If you are interested, please send your resume, including your education background, course transcript, research experience, a list of publications, and the GRE score, to the following address. If your first language is not English, please also provide the TOEFL score. Preference will be given to those who have finished Master's program in the related areas and plan to pursue the Ph.D. degree at Villanova.

Research Video

Exploring the use of radar imaging for monitoring the elderly living alone.

Contact Us

Dr. Moeness Amin
Director
Center for Advanced Communications
Phone: 610-519-4263

Janice J. Moughan
Center Coordinator
Center for Advanced Communications
Phone: 610-519-4599

Address: 800 Lancaster Ave
Villanova University
Villanova, PA 19085

Research Activities

Research emphases of the Center for Advanced Communications encompass several aspects of advances in broadband wireless communications and RF acoustic sensing, and imaging. Some research activities include:

Dr. Yimin Zhang Director, Wireless Communication and Positioning Lab

Dr. Yimin Zhang
Director, Wireless Communication and Positioning Lab

Acting Director,
Radio Frequency Identification Lab

Center for Advanced Communications
Phone: 610-519-4544
FAX: 610-519-6118

Contact Us

Janice J. Moughan
Center Coordinator
Center for Advanced Communications
Phone: 610.519.4599
FAX: 610.519.6118

Address: 119 Tolentine Hall
800 Lancaster Ave.
Villanova, PA 19085-1699 

Wireless Communication and Positioning Lab (WCPL)