University of Hawaii :: College of Engineering


Magdy F. Iskander, Director

Welcome to the Hawaii Center for Advanced Communications (HCAC), College of Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa.  HCAC was established by the Board of Regents as a research unit in the College of Engineering in 2000, and I joined the Center as its first full-time Director in 2002.  The set vision for HCAC is to be a leading Center for wireless communications and radar technology research with joint research and educational activities that promote national and international collaboration and partnership with industry.  Key tasks in the Center’s mission include conducting inter-and multi-disciplinary research in wireless technology and related applications, development of innovative educational activities that help provide a qualified work force for Hawaii’s future, promote and strengthen partnership with industry, and promote national and international collaborations. 

 To date, we are proud to share with you that HCAC has had a strong start and has been able to make significant progress towards achieving its goals.  Specifically, the Center established state-of-the-art laboratory facilities including an indoor antenna range, wireless testbed, microwave network analysis laboratory, and more recently an RF devices fabrication and testing laboratory.  Much of the funding for these significant laboratory facilities came from a National Science foundation Major Research Instrumentation Grant, and through funding from industry.  HCAC is also a partner in the NSF Industry/University Collaborative Research Center (I/U CRC) with Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Rensselaer Polytechnic University and the Ohio State University.  This five university NSF I/U CRC Center for Communication Technologies has over 20 corporate sponsors including Motorola, BAE Systems, Raytheon, and L-3 Communications. 

 Through NSF grants and funding from federal agencies, including the Army Research Office, and the Office of Naval Research, HCAC was able to establish a strong and highly innovative research program with a wide variety of applications in wireless and radar technologies.  Example projects include the development of high performance, low cost phased array antennas using integrated CTS and Ferroelectric material technologies, use of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) for UXO detection and discrimination, use of magneto-telluric techniques for IED detection, development of advanced wireless propagation modeling using cyber geophysical assets including those available in Google, and the use of networked wireless sensors technologies for remote monitoring of patients and for home care applications.

 HCAC also has strong community outreach activities.  For example, the Center established the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program in Hawaii through an initial NSF funding and subsequent support from the State.  The objective of this program is to use wireless technology and its broad applications to stimulate and boost interest in STEM courses in middle schools. The program developed multimedia modules and applications, donated hundreds of laptops, PDAs, and sensors probes to middle schools, established a virtual organization website to help middle school teachers share experiences and participate in the development of the educational modules, and provided teacher training workshops and in-house training for teachers regarding the use of the modules and materials in the classroom .  Working with Hawaii’s community and Native Hawaiian based organizations such as the Partner in Development Foundation (PID) has been one of the very important missions in HCAC outreach activities.  It is expected that HCAC’s effort in this area will continue to grow and contribute to the community in general and the Native Hawaiian people in particular.

 HCAC also organized three international conferences in Hawaii (all sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, IEEE) and is presently organizing its fourth conference to be held in 2010 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel. Thousands of professional colleagues and friends attended these conferences and HCAC is proud of its support of the hospitality industry in Hawaii.

 Finally a note regarding International activities in HCAC.  Besides having faculty and graduate students from across the globe, we are pleased that HCAC has Memorandum of Understanding agreements for collaboration with the Communication Research Center, Yuan-Ze University, Taiwan, the Electronics, Antennas & Telecommunications Laboratory (LEAT), University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France, and the State Key Lab for Microwave and Digital Communications at Tsinghua University, PRC.  We will continue to foster these international partnership activities through distance learning courses, faculty visits, and graduate students exchange, thereby enhancing the future for these international efforts.

 The above statements provide a brief overview of HCAC and its accomplishments over the past few years. More detailed information about each of these activities including specific research projects, available lab facilities, the NSF I/U CRC Center, the organized conference, and the outreach activities are included in this website. Please take some time to browse through our video clips linked to the front page as well as embedded in the RET brochure, which could provide interesting overviews of the ongoing activities in HCAC.  Please feel free to contact us if you have questions, need additional information, or if we can be of assistance.

 Thanks for visiting our website and Mahalo for the interest in HCAC.                 


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