ACT: Advanced Communications Technologies STC

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The Advanced Communications Technologies (ACT) Science and Technology Center (STC) is an ASU research and development center supported by the Arizona New Economy Initiative. STCs are responsible for leveraging ASU-industry partnerships to enable research innovation, entrepreneurship and tech transfer in areas key to the future of Arizona’s economy.

The ACT STC seeks to drive innovation in emerging communications technologies and sensing systems and make these solutions accessible to the broader community. The ACT STC has four thrust areas: future radio frequency (RF) systems, flexible modern systems-on-a-chip (SoCs), communications for augmented reality, and awareness for autonomous vehicles.

Future RF systems

Investigating novel communications systems, radio frequency (RF) technologies, distributed systems and new concepts for low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites.

Flexible modem SoCs

Improving flexible domain system-on-a-chip (SoC) technology to make SoCs cheaper and more widely available, developing efficient, flexible architectures, and novel SoC capabilities.

Communications for augmented reality

Enabling new uses of augmented reality technology for both business and recreational use by improving capabilities such as processing efficiency and devices’ spatial awareness.

Awareness for autonomous vehicles

Creating novel autonomous air and ground vehicle applications and improving AVs’ spatial awareness, and developing sensing and communications technologies to improve system reliability.

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Current Projects

First projects will be announced in Spring 2023