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
Dr. Wei is promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.
Clark Yao has joined NEXT Lab as a PhD candidate.
Rassoul Diouf (EE) has joined NEXT Lab as an undergraduate researcher.
Ethan McClure (EE) has joined NEXT Lab as an undergraduate researcher.
Jason Yang (EE) has joined NEXT Lab as an undergraduate researcher.
Gerald Hefferman has joined NEXT Lab as a PhD student.
Gerald Hefferman won the URI Graduate Fellowship 2016-2017! NEXT Lab viewed it as a great student achievement. Congratulations!
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.
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!
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).
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.
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.
NEXT Lab received the proposal development award from URI Research council to collect preliminary data for future proposal writing.
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.
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’.
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.
Brian Chen has joined NEXT Lab as a PhD candidate.
Gerald Hefferman has joined NEXT Lab as a research engineer.