Communications Lab (CommLab)
CommLab was founded in 2009 to involve graduate and undergraduate students in various aspects of Communications and Signal Processing. The lab has strong collaborations with corporate and institutional partners and is externally funded to support research activities is the areas of Wireless Communications and Signal Processing with a strong focus on Biomedical Applications. Projects include topics such as Wireless Body Area Networks (WBANs), Wireless Physical Layer Security (WPLS), Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and unobtrusive physiological monitoring. Students taking courses in Communications have access to the lab to work on class projects, and BSMS & MSc students have opportunities to perform their research work in the lab.
The lab space is 432 sqft with six personal cubicle workstations. Two additional computers are placed in an open space configuration with signal generating and measurement equipment. Computers in the lab are equipped with NI Compact RIO signal acquisition hardware and LabView, Matlab, C/C++ and other signal processing software. Equipment donated by industrial partners includes Fluke ECG Patient Simulators and Welch-Allyn ECG Holters. The laboratory has all the required equipment to support prototyping of circuits and systems operating in the frequency range of 800MHz to 3GHz. This includes state-of-the-art Agilent measurement and signal generator equipment (Oscilloscopes, Spectrum Analyzer and Vector Signal Generator) and software tools for circuit design and validation.
PC Workstations, Agilent MSO9404A Mixed Signal scope, Agilent E4438C Vector Signal Analyzer, Agilent E3630, E3631 Power Supplies, Agilent 4401 Multimeter, Agilent 33220Function Generator
Research thus far was funded by the following partners:
- Blue Highway (A Welch-Allyn Company)
- Xerox Corporation
- Rochester General Health System (RGHS)
- General Motors – ATCi
- nBn Technologies