University of Southern California WiDeS - Wireless Devices and Systems Group The USC Andrew and Erna Viterbi School of Engineering USC


Welcome to WiDeS, the Wireless Devices and Systems group at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. We are a research group dedicated to research that is both scientifically challenging and practically relevant. The main emphasis of our research is on the physical layer of wireless communications, but we also deal with overall wireless systems integration, wireless positioning and radar, cross-layer design for wireless sensor networks.

Some parts of the site are still under construction - please bear with us while we work on it, and check back for updates!


Best-paper award at Globecom
Dec. 8-12, 2014
A paper describing joint work by Prof. Willner's optics group and WiDeS won a best-paper award at Globecom.
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WiDeS in China
Oct. 13-15, 2014
WiDeS was strongly represented at the IEEE International Conference on Communications in China in Shangai, China.
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WiDeS presenting results of multi-university collaboration at Intel 5G workshop
Sept. 24-25, 2014
Intel Corporate Research is sponsoring multiple projects investigating technologies that will form the basis for the next generation (5G) cellular systems.
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Willner group and WiDeS collaborate to achieve mm-wave OAM multiplexing, present results in Nature Communications

Orbital angular momentum (OAM) describes a helical phase “twist” of electromagnetic waves as they propagate.
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WiDeS celebrates PhD graduates
Sept. 21, 2014
Currentand former WiDeS members met for a celebration dinner to celebrate two recent PhD graduates. 
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Fall semester starts

The fall semester has started, and WiDeS welcomes all the returning students!
NSF grant for WiDeS

The National Science Foundation has granted funding of a project on “Communication Theory Foundations and System Optimization of Femto-Caching and D2D Networkis for Wireless Video”. WiDeS head Andy Molisch will act as Principal Investigator.

WiDeS at IEEE ICC in Sydney
June 10-14, 2014
The WiDeS group was strongly represented at the International Conference on Communications (ICC), the flagship conference of the IEEE in Sydney, Australia.
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WiDeS presents at final VAWN workshop
Over the past 3 years, WiDeS has been sponsored by the Vide-Aware Wireless Network (VAWN) program funded by Intel, Cisco, and Verizon.
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Visiting scientist finishes stay at WiDeS
Dr. Tingting Zhang, ass. Prof. at the Harbin University of Technology, had been visiting scientist from October 2012 to January 2014.
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New semester starts

The new semester has started, and WiDeS welcomes all the returning students!

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Our philosophy is to bridge the main chasms in today's wireless research
  • theoretical vs. industrial: there is often the misconception that theoretical work cannot be practically relevant. But experience from advanced system design shows that in order to build systems that not only work, but are also better than the competition, new research, dedicated to the specific goals of the system, is required. Members of the group have many years experience in industrial research labs and standardization of wireless systems.
  • theoretical vs. experimental: theoretical breakthroughs are often made on paper, but they have to be verified by experiments - that is one of the basic tenets of science, though it is sometimes forgotten even in engineering research. Careful design of experiments, knowledge of best measurement procedures and innovations in the evaluation methods of large-scale measurements are all vital components of today's wireless research.
  • communication theory vs. antennas/propagation. 


The WiDeS group was founded in January 2009 by Andy Molisch, when he joined the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, after a career in both industry (AT&T Bell Labs, Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs, Research Center for Telecommunications Vienna), and academia (Lund University, Technical University Vienna). WiDeS is a part of the Communications Sciences Institute of the Department of Electrical Engineering at USC, and is affiliated with the ULTRA-Lab at USC.


Under Constructions

On this website, you find a summary of our research and publications, as well as an overview of who we are. If you are interested in further collaborations, feel free to contact us.