A team of UB electrical engineering students is out on Lake Erie
as part of a project to develop hardware and software tools to help
underwater telecommunication catch up to its over-the-air
They are part of a research team led by Dimitrios Pados,
Clifford C. Furnas Professor of Electrical Engineering, to develop
hardware and software—everything from modems that work
underwater to open-architecture protocols—to improve
underwater sensing networks. Of particular interest is merging a
relatively new communication platform, software-defined radio, with
underwater acoustic modems.
The Lake Erie experiments proved that the new modems could boost
data transmission rates by 10 times over today’s commercial
Potential applications include monitoring pollution,
walkie-talkies for scuba divers, and search and rescue work.
The research is sponsored by the National Science