The Faculty of Engineering and IT Laboratory for Radio Frequency and Communication Technologies (RFCT) is a team of highly qualified researchers and engineers with international and local experience, providing expertise in Embedded RF Prototyping, Energy Harvesting Systems, Applied Electromagnetics, Antennas and RF Absorber Metamaterials, Software Defined Networks for IoT Systems, Sensing and localisation Systems and Secure RF and Embedded Systems.
At RFCT we conduct theoretical and applied research into problems associated with RF and embedded communication systems, from the physical layer to the network layer. We deliver internationally recognised research in the areas of communication systems and networking. We aim to make UTS the leading Australian university in RF and Communication Technologies.
Radio frequency and microwave technologies form a key part of wireless communications and are increasingly important for emerging technologies, from future 5G wireless networks to the Internet of Things (IoT). 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. Additionally, RF energy harvesting has experienced a rapid development in recent years due to the increasing number of RF transmitter sources providing an abundant resource of ambient microwave energy. The development of wireless power transmission (WPT) technologies has provided the impetus for the development of RF energy harvesting techniques, which have the potential to provide a sustainable energy source to meet upcoming demands for sensor networks and other ultra-low-power applications.
Microwave and communications engineering spans numerous sub-disciplines, including analysis, design, simulation, fabrication and measurement. Fabricating and testing is of paramount importance in the development of modern wireless communications technologies, and the RFCT lab has the capabilities and experience needed to help create the next generation of transmission technologies, from concept to prototype.
Our research focuses on full stack IoT designs, from low level electronics and RF circuit design to high level secure wireless communication. Some of our current areas of research are:
- RF energy harvesting circuits and systems
- Self-powered electronic systems for Internet of Things devices
- Wireless RF power transmission
- Simultaneous wireless information and power transfer (SWIPT)
- RF absorber metamaterials
- Applied electromagnetics
- RF and microwave circuits
- Antennas and embedded structures
- RF design and modelling for 5G/6G wireless networks
- Embedded RF circuits and antenna systems for drones
- Radio-frequency integrated circuits (RFIC)
- Mathematics and modelling of future RF systems
- Distributed control and optimisation of non-linear RF systems
- Software defined networks for IoT systems
- Sensing and localisation systems
- Autonomous embedded communication systems
- Secure RF and embedded system
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.