Communications Systems

EECS researchers integrate leading-edge research with practical implementation across a wide range of challenging communications systems problems. Current research efforts include delay-sensitive, energy-efficient wireless communication, multi-user communication systems and networks, advanced modulation techniques, channel coding, and synchronization. Building on a long and storied history in communication innovation, EECS researchers are developing the future Internet, mobile apps, optical sensors, RFID tags, and spectrum measurement and management techniques.

Erik Perrins and a student
EECS Professor Erik Perrins and his students are developing two-way communication systems for Smart Grids that will utilize existing wireless services.

Program Objectives

  • Understand fundamental principles and underlying technologies of communication systems.
  • Understand how to apply communication theory principles in the design and analysis of communication systems.
  • Understand how to realize communication systems, including simulation and efficient implementation.

Associated Faculty

Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor
 Eaton Hall, room 3034

Primary Research Interests

Google Scholar Page

  • Adaptive Signal Processing for Radar and Communications
  • Radar Waveform Optimization/Implementation
  • Radar Pulse Compression
  • Space-Time Adaptive Processing
  • Array Processing
  • Radar Spectrum Engineering
  • Radar-Embedded Communications
  • Interference Cancellation
  • Multistatic Radar
  • Biomedical Imaging

Advisory Positions

  • U.S. President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)
  • Subject matter expert on spectrum for the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy on America's Mid-Band Initiative Team (AMBIT)
  • Subject matter expert on spectrum R&D for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering
  • Subject matter expert on proactive spectrum sharing for the National Spectrum Consortium
  • AFRL/IDA expert panel on spectrum warfare & communications
  • Subject matter expert on radar/communication spectrum sharing for DARPA
  • Consultant on radar waveform diversity for the Naval Research Laboratory - Radar Division


  • IEEE AESS Radar Systems Panel (2007-2020)
  • MSS Tri-Service Radar Symposium Program Committee (2010-present)

Joseph Evans
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
 Joseph Evan's Website

Primary Research Interests

  • High-Performance Networks
  • Mobile Networking and Wireless Systems
  • Pervasive Computing Systems
  • System Implementations

Victor Frost
Dan F. Servey Distinguished Professor
 Victor Frost's Website
 2054 Eaton Hall

Primary Research Interests

  • Communication Systems and Networks
  • Networking Simulation and Modeling
  • Wireless Systems
  • Internet Performance Analysis

Morteza Hashemi

Primary Research Interests

  • Data Networks
  • Wireless Communications
  • mmWave Systems
  • Cloud and Edge Computing
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Learning Theory and Control

Rongqing Hui
 3026 Eaton Hall

Primary Research Interests

  • Optical/RF Measurement and Biosensors
  • Novel Photonic Devices
  • Optical Communication Systems

Taejoon Kim
Assistant Professor
 Taejoon Kim's Website
 3020 Eaton Hall

Primary Research Interests

  • Wireless Communications
  • Statistical Signal Processing
  • Optimization Theory
  • Inference and Machine Learning
  • Spectrum Intelligence
  • Networking and Data Fusion

Erik Perrins
Charles E. & Mary Jane Spahr Professor
Department Chair
 Erik Perrin's Website
 2001G Eaton Hall

Primary Research Interests

  • Digital Communication Theory
  • Advanced Modulation Techniques
  • Channel Coding
  • Synchronization
  • Multiple-Input Multiple-Output Communications

 Glenn Prescott
Professor Emeritus
 3048 Eaton Hall

Primary Research Interests

  • Software Radio Systems
  • Spread Spectrum and Military Communication Systems
  • Radio and Radar Signal Processing
  • DSP Applications in Acoustics and Radio Signals
  • Wireless Communication Systems

Associated Facilities

  • Optical spectrum analyzer
  • 50GHz microwave network analyzer
  • 40GHz digital oscilloscope
  • Tunable laser sources and optical filters
  • 40Gb/s and 12 Gb/s BERTs
  • Electro-optic modulators, WDM multiplexers, demultiplexers
  • High-speed photodetectors
  • Commercial WDM systems
  • High-speed digital T/R rooftop antenna
  • 360 km of fiber installed for systems-level testing
  • DSP rapid prototyping system
  • Circuit board fabrication facility
  • Logic analyzers
  • Network analyzers
  • Spectrum analyzers, oscilloscopes, and function generators
  • Prototype PC board fabrication tools
  • RF signal generators
  • Communications link simulator- Simulink
  • Variety of DSP and EM design tools

Associated Disciplines

Core Coursework (MS)


Note: Students must take either EECS 865 or EECS 728 to fulfill their core coursework requirement.

Elective Coursework (MS)