What We Do & Why

The Center’s singular focus is advancing mobile communications—faster and better from both network and device points-of-view.

While our goal is simply stated, improving upon existing highly advanced wireless networks requires rethinking wireless networks from the ground up and the top down. Our research methodology involves new architectures and protocols, complemented by information-theoretic analyses and targeted network experiments using our many testbed facilities.

Who We Are

We are a group of faculty and students dedicated to advancing mobile communications.

A defining feature of the Center is the highly multi-disciplinary and collaborative nature of its research, which allows us to delve into all aspects of wireless theory, design and experimental design. As a group, we are committed to the growth of all members of the center—students, research engineers and faculty. By striving for combined success, we continue to successfully undertake very ambitious projects. Some examples include WARP, TFA Wireless and Argos.

Research Labs

  • CMC Laboratory

    Our first-established lab houses some of our advanced testing and design equipment - channel emulators, oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, soldering station and microscope. The lab continues to be the hub of multiple research projects for both undergraduate and graduate students.

  • RNG Laboratory

    The Rice Networking Group (RNG) Lab conducts fundamental research in the areas of mobile and wireless networking. The lab's interests span protocol design, performance evaluation, and at-scale field trials including network deployment, operation and management.

  • RECG Laboratory

    The Rice Efficient Computing Group (RECG) lab space contains many bench tools, including power consumption monitors, current generators, and oscilloscopes, as well as soldering and wiring equipment for embedded electronics projects. These tools help the researchers build an understanding of current mobile devices and aid in the development of novel electronic systems.

  • VLSI Signal Processing Laboratory

    The VLSI Signal Processing Lab conducts research on novel and efficient VLSI architectures for signal processing, with a special focus on algorithms for wireless communication. The lab houses VLSI CAD tools and FPGA platforms for prototyping designs.


  • Xilinx
  • Cisco
  • HP
  • Nokia
  • Intel
  • Motorola
  • University of Oulu
  • IIT Madras
  • Texas Instruments
  • National Science Foundation
  • Ohio State University
  • Princeton University