Wireless Communication

This research area focuses on creating efficient wireless communication of the material handling systems that are ingrained into everything we touch.

Think about what you ate today. Think about the clothes you are wearing, the computer you are using, the chair you are sitting in. Everything you consume or use today has been passed through a material handling system on its way to you.

College of Engineering Technology research in Wireless Communication seeks to make those material handling systems more intelligent – faster, safer, and more productive – by developing machine intelligence algorithms that automatically plan efficient routes, identify objects in a warehouse, and automatically drive forklifts, robots, and even robotic harvesters that pick the fruit you eat.

Faculty collaborate with undergraduate, MS, and PhD students from across RIT to integrate the latest computer vision, wireless, and laser technologies to make these systems possible. Teams develop and test new algorithms that make warehouse operations more efficient and allow robots to safely interact with each other and with humans. This research enables fleets of robots and humans to ‘ballroom dance’ together, working and collaborating in a shared space on a shared task.

Additionally, this team is looking at cellphone communications through a self-run crowdsourced system that measures real-world performance of cellular networks to provide fine-grained assessment of LTE download and upload speeds across a region. Get a true estimate of your carrier’s actual performance. See what coverage you can expect at a specific location and for a specific carrier. Which is better? T-Mobile or Verizon? Now you can find out for yourself before you switch carriers.


Miguel Bazdresch
Associate Professor
Clark Hochgraf
Associate Professor