Radio Frequency and Communication Technologies (RFCT) Lab
The Radio Frequency and Communication Technologies (RFCT) research laboratory is a team of highly qualified researchers and engineers with international and local experience, providing expertise in Embedded RF Prototyping, Sustainable RF Technologies, and Seamless RF Device Management Through Software. RFCT enables collaborative multidisciplinary and industry driven research and development.
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The RFCT laboratory is a fully equipped R&D facility and one of the only University R&D facilities in Australia capable of taking an idea from the conceptual/theoretical phase to a working prototype, under one roof.
The mission of the facility is to facilitate the development of next generation RF-based devices and supporting technologies, which has a broad range of applications in different sectors such as agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing, transport and smart cities.
Demand for data communications over wireless networks continue to be on an upward trajectory. This demand is underpinned by the birth of many different applications, which require connectivity through RF-based communication links. Future RF-based devices , such as base stations, access points or sensor/IoT end-nodes, must not only be able to operate reliably over highly congested links, but also be integrated into electronic/embedded devices in a manner which minimises their resource requirement footprint.
RF and communication technologies are the arteries that will enable the transfer of information from next-generation wireless networks and IoT devices to their intended destinations.
Our research and development focus in RFCT is on full stack IoT designs, from low level electronics and RF circuit design to high level secure wireless communication. Some of our current multidisciplinary R&D areas are:
Application-specific RF Technologies
- Biomedical wearables
- Medical imaging
- Digital agriculture
- Industry 4.0
Sustainable RF Technologies
- RF Energy Harvesting Circuits and Systems
- Simultaneous wireless information and power transfer (SWIPT)
- Low-Powered RF Electronics for IoT devices
RF Devices Prototyping
- 3-D integrated embedded RF devices
- Miniaturized antennas, rectennas, and RF sensors
- Synthetic sensors
Seamless RF Device Management Through Software
- Autonomous embedded RF Communication systems
- Distributed control and optimisation of non-linear RF systems
- Sensing and localisation systems
- Software-defined radio technologies
- Remote management, configuration, and optimisation of RF technologies
Remote Sensing, Data Acquisition, Signal Processing and Control Systems
- Ag-Tech sensors
- Environmental sensing (Carbon Monitoring)
- Operational autonomy
Our team is supported and funded by national competitive grants and our valued industry partners. Our researcher expertise ranges from contract/short-term work to long-term blue sky research.