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The iCORE laboratory on High-Capacity Digital Communications (HCDC) was founded in 2001 to conduct research into efficient communications technologies for future digital information and communications systems. The focus of the HCDC Laboratory is to research the theory, investigate, and demonstrate in working prototypes, emerging technologies that will enable improved communications over all common transmission media.
Laboratory's achievements include both theoretical and experimental work in the following areas:
Our emphasis on demonstrating working prototypes necessitates a broad-based team approach and also helps explain our keen interest in building productive relationships with industrial partners. The core members of the HCDC Laboratory at the University of Alberta are Professors Christian Schlegel, Vincent Gaudet, Bruce Cockburn, all in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Professor Ioanis Nikolaidis in Computing Science. Prof. Schlegel is an internationally recognized authority in the area of multi-user communications and error control coding theory. Profs. Cockburn and Gaudet are experts in VLSI technology and algorithmic implementation of communications systems. Strong expertise on the data networking side is contributed by Profs. Ioanis Nikolaidis and Pawel Gburzynski, of the Department of Computing Science at the University of Alberta.
Apart from the technical activities, we have strengthened our outreach activities that are targeted to involve industry, University of Alberta students, and national and international visitors and collaborators. This summer, HCDC Laboratory held the 3rd annual Western Canadian Summer School (WCSS) on Communication and Information Theory. WCSS focuses on recent advances in Information Theory and Communications. The goal of the school is to provide a forum for research exchange among students, to encourage them to present their work and to get feedback from their peers and leading invited specialists in the field. The fourth WCSS will be held on August 2009.
The HCDC Laboratory also organized and conducted a Wireless Camp for University of Alberta students to introduce them to the technical wonders and career opportunities in the communications field. By large demand the camp was held a second time this past February, this time with industry participation and financial support. The laboratory is currently looking for sponsors for Wireless Camp 2009.
The mission of the HCDC Laboratory is to provide leading-edge research in the area of digital information transmission theory and systems, information transfer and distribution, and data integrity and security, advancing the understading and mastery of digital communications at all levels. These activities are core components of a strong future-oriented information technology thrust.
The High-Capacity Digital Communications (HCDC) is primarily funded by the provincial organization iCORE, but is supported by significant leveraged funding from NSERC, CFI, AIF, CMC, ASRA, and the telecommunications.
For more information about funding and sponsorship, click here.
VLSI implementation of a novel LDPC code using 10 pipelined processor. For more information, click here.
Multiple Antenna Testbed using a dual-FPGA baseband processor. For more information, click here.
Summer School 2008, Banff, Alberta.For more information, click here.
Wireless Camp 08. For more information, click here.