The Hawaii Center for Advanced Communications (HCAC) was established in 2000 by the College of Engineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. HCAC is focused on multidisciplinary research and education in Telecommunications Technology that promotes national and international cooperation and partnership with industry, government and academe.
The College of Engineering continues to build a nationally competitive research profile in fields that are important both for Hawaii's future and for long term national security and prosperity. For its part HCAC is a vital component of this goal advancing innovation in the areas of antennas, wireless propagation and digital signal processing for the design and optimization of next generation broadband wireless communication systems. This provides rich opportunities for collaborative relationships internally within the University and externally with the local, national and international communities through research and education programs, conferences, publications and partnerships with industry. HCAC thereby plays an important role in supporting the College's extramural research agenda and its reputation as "national class" through steadily improving rankings.
HCAC's participation in educational outreach initiatives such as the Connection One and Research Experience for Teachers (RET) programs provides stimulus and support for economic growth and workforce development in its home State of Hawaii.