In 1991, a year after its founding by the late Joseph DiGiacomo ’58 EE, the CAC was designated a Center of Excellence for Advanced Communications by the National Science Foundation. This placed the CAC in the unique position of being the only NSF research center at what was then a non-PhD granting institution.

In 2002, Professor Moeness Amin, PhD, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was named the Center’s director. He is credited with transforming the Center for Advanced Communications into “an excellent and rare example of how to sustain and grow a research operation in a smaller university.” The NSF's national report, which featured the CAC as one of four case studies, found the Center’s  research talent, lab facilities and entrepreneurial mindset to be a “great accomplishment.” Read more about Dr. Amin’s contributions to the growth of the CAC in this related article.



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Number of current research projects




Projects undertaken by the Center for Advanced Communications are led by College of Engineering faculty and involve undergraduate and graduate students, research professors, research associates and postdoctoral fellows. CAC projects have been sponsored by Pennsylvania state agencies, federal government agencies and companies of all sizes.

The CAC has five state-of-the-art research labs:

Primary research areas, include:

Current research projects:

  • Machine Learning-based RF Signal Detection and Classification
    PI: Dr. Xun Jiao; Co-PIs: Drs. Mojtaba Vaezi and Moeness Amin
    Sponsor: L3Harris Technologies, Camden, NJ
    Project Duration: one year (2021)
    Investigating the discrimination of RF signals based on distinctions in their temporal structures, spectral characteristics, and time-frequency signatures, which are automatically learned from the training data.
  • Cognitive Radar
    PI: Dr. Moeness Amin
    Sponsor: Army Research Lab
    Improve cognitive radar’s perception-action cycle of cognition and radar sensor adaptation to optimally satisfy the needs of its mission according to desired objectives
  • Data Collection and Analysis of Tracheal Sounds
    PI: Dr. Moeness Amin
    Sponsor: RTM Vital Signs, LLC
    Project Duration: 01/01/2020 – 12/31/2020
    Measuring, processing, and analyzing trachea sounds to detect and classify respiratory phases and abnormality
  • COVID-19 Risk Monitoring by Wearable Sensor
    PIs: Dr. Moeness Amin and RTM Vital Signs, LLC
    Sponsor: PA Department of Community and Economic Development
    Detecting early signs of COVID-19 by measuring acoustic sounds as the air goes out and in through the trachea
  • Smart Brain Imager
    PI: Dr. Meltem Izzetoglu and Infrascan, Inc.
    Sponsor: PA Department of Community and Economic Development
    Accelerating cognitive health monitoring by developing a universal, durable, affordable and reliable platform, based upon functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) technology, that is miniaturized, fully wireless and app-operable

Dr. Moeness Amin, Professor,
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering



Dr. Moeness Amin, Director

Dr. Amin’s 800 Publications Pass 20,000 Citations with H-Index of 72

Dr. Moeness Amin, director of Villanova University's Center for Advanced Communications, reached an important milestone in his three decades of research and scholarship. His published work, which includes more than 250 journal papers and 550 conference papers, all while at Villanova, has exceeded 20,000 citations with an H-index of 72.

Dr.. Robert Caverly

Professor Robert Caverly, PhD, Named Recipient of 2020 Outstanding Faculty Research Award

Dr. Robert Caverly, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Microwave and Electromagnetics Laboratory was recognized for his impressive scholarship and reputation in microwave control circuitry. The award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates the highest standards of excellence in research, scholarship and contributions to their field.

Dr. Rosalind Wynne, Director, Laboratory for Lightwave Devices

CAC Researchers Awarded Grants through Manufacturing PA Initiative

Manufacturing PA awarded academic-industry research grants to Electrical and Computer Engineering’s Drs. Rosalind Wynne and Meltem Izzetoglu. Dr. Wynne is partnering with Avo Photonics on “Manufacturing Process, Assembly and System Yield Optimization for Microelectromechanical Systems Devices,” while Dr. Izzetoglu is developing a smart brain imager in collaboration with Infrascan, Inc.