Next Generation Sensing Technology Lab

Kelley A10 | 4 East Alumni Avenue | Kingston, RI 02881

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Here at NEXT Lab, our group of engineering researchers incorporate cutting-edge advances in wave optics, microwave photonics, and related areas into novel sensor technologies that address critical problems in science and industry.

Particular focus is paid to solving difficult engineering challenges beyond the reach of existing sensing platforms, including harsh environments, high-capacity distributed sensing and significantly enhanced sensitivity.

 

In the News

May 2017

Clark Yao has joined NEXT Lab as a PhD candidate.

February 2017

Tao Wei received Office of Naval Research (ONR) 2017 Young Investigator Program (YIP) award. NEXT Lab will receive 3-year fund to study a new laser-based sensing platform.

November 2016

Rassoul Diouf (EE) has joined NEXT Lab as an undergraduate researcher.

September 2016

Ethan McClure (EE) has joined NEXT Lab as an undergraduate researcher.

June 2016

Jason Yang (EE) has joined NEXT Lab as an undergraduate researcher.

May 2016

Gerald Hefferman has joined NEXT Lab as a PhD student.

April 2016

Gerald Hefferman won the URI Graduate Fellowship 2016-2017! NEXT Lab viewed it as a great student achievement. Congratulations!

February 2016

In collaboration with Dr. Otto Gregory’s Lab from Department of Chemical Engineering , NEXT Lab received 1-year fund from Pilgrim Screw Corporation through R.I. Commerce Corp. innovation voucher to study a novel RFID tag.

January 2016

Tyler Creighton (CpE) and Christian DICecco (EE) have joined NEXT Lab as undergraduate researchers.

November 2015

Brian Chen won the Enhancement of Graduate Research Award (EGRA) from Graduate School of URI! NEXT Lab viewed it as a great student achievement. Congratulations!

October 2015

A URI capstone team within the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering (ECBE) , including 3 electrical engineers and 1 computer engineer, was formed to join NEXT Lab to prototype innovative sensing technologies. Team members: Ian Mace (EE senior), Paris McGee (EE senior), Luis Orús (EE senior, exchange student from Spain), and Matthew Winter (CpE senior).

August 2015

In collaboration with URI Seismology Lab from the Graduate School of Oceanography, NEXT Lab received a 1.25-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF)  to study a new, RF cable based strain sensing technology to meet the challenge in measuring very small deformation and motion of earth.

June 2015

In collaboration with Dr. Jimmie Oxley’s Lab from Department of Chemistry at URI, and Dr. Otto Gregory’s Lab from Department of Chemical Engineering, NEXT Lab received 1-year fund from Israeli government to study a D-shaped fiber sensor for chemical vapor sensing applications.

May 2015

NEXT Lab received the proposal development award from URI Research council to collect preliminary data for future proposal writing.

March 2015

In collaboration with Dr. Jimmie Oxley’s Lab from Department of Chemistry at URI, NEXT Lab received a 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study a new, ultra-fast, and affordable  velocitimeter technology, Microwave Photonic Velocimetry, to meet the challenge in measuring high-speed shock wave in various materials.

January 2015

The Providence Journal has published a piece covering our most recent NSF-grant winning proposal, Reflex-Tree, in an article entitled: URI engineering professors win National Science Foundation grant to develop sensors, computer architecture for ‘smart cities’.

August 2014

In collaboration with High Performance Computing Lab (HPCL) and Computational Intelligence and Self-Adaptive Systems (CISA) Lab, NEXT Lab received a 4-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study a new computing and communication architecture, Reflex-Tree, with massive parallel sensing, data processing, and control functions designed to meet the challenges imposed by future smart cities.

August 2013

Brian Chen has joined NEXT Lab as a PhD candidate.

July 2013

Gerald Hefferman has joined NEXT Lab as a research engineer.

 

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