UC San Diego's Center for Wireless Communications was founded in March 1995 as a partnership between the University and the wireless communications industry. Its goals include the definition and pursuit of a cutting-edge program of precompetitive, multidisciplinary research focused on wireless access systems, technologies, and applications; the creation of a relevant base of new knowledge with high commercial impact potential; and the production of graduates at all degree levels to meet industrial human resources needs. Of paramount importance to the achievement of those goals are the involvement, collaboration, and financial support of the CWC's Industrial Participants. 

Topics of interest include wireless devices and circuits (Mixed-Signal, ADC, Power Amplifiers, Antennas, mmWave), baseband signal processing (massive MIMO, context awareness), communication networks (ad-hoc, cognitive, software-defined, network coding), multimedia communication (rendering, compression, cross-layer optimization), and application, device and network-level data analytics and security. We have currently designated four key areas of focus going forward: mobile health and IoT applications (including new networking and security needs), energy efficiency and sustainability, signal processing and multimedia communications, and innovative circuits for 5G and beyond.

Activities at the Center are supported entirely by the wireless communications industry, and representatives from participating companies are heavily involved in all aspects of the Center's operations, including participation in the Center Board.

Companies requiring further details on membership, or students wishing to learn more about opportunities for study within the Center including information on RA grants, should contact either:

Prof. Sujit Dey, Director

Theresa Lachman


It is the mission of the Center to:

  • Create a multi-disciplinary research and education environment conducive to the early identification of high impact opportunities in wireless circuits, networks and applications
  • Pursue a relevant research effort focused upon the creation of a fundamental knowledge base needed for subsequent commercialization
  • Transfer acquired knowledge and technologies to the commercial sector
  • Produce graduates at all degree levels trained with the skills needed to satisfy the human resources needs of the wireless communications industry.

Our strategy is predicated upon the involvement of industry in all phases of our operations, including identification of potential research projects, collaboration in execution of our research program, and early exposure of students to industrial culture and expectations.