The Center for Advanced Communications (CAC), a Villanova/Ben Franklin/National Science Foundation Center, was founded in 1990 to help stimulate regional industrial competitiveness by encouraging collaborations with industry (both large and small companies), emphasizing team-based interdisciplinary engineering, involving undergraduate and graduate students, and preparing students to work successfully in industry. Over the past decade, the Center has provided an integrated and creative environment for university, industry, and government to focus on computational, informational, and communication issues.

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

The labs were established from external funds. Each lab has its own Director and is maintained from revenues generated from research contracts and grants.

Primary Research Areas

Radar Signal Processing

  • Through-Wall Microwave Imaging
  • Near-Field Source Characterization
  • Target Tracking and Discrimination
  • Over the Horizon Radar


  • Interference Mitigation in GPS
  • Source localizations
  • Interference Suppression in Spread
  • Spectrum Communications

Wireless Technologies

  • Smart Antennas
  • Channel Equalization
  • Space Time Coding
  • Multi-User Detection
  • Cooperative Diversity
  • MIMO


  • Low-profile Antennas
  • Conformal Antennas
  • High Gain Printed Antennas for Millimeter-Wave Applications
  • Adaptive Polarized Antennas
  • Metamaterial Based Antenna Design

Communication Security

  • Data Hiding and Watermarking
  • Authentication and Fingerprinting
  • Image and Video Compression

Acoustics and Ultrasound

  • NDE
  • Imaging
  • Source Separation and Localization