Research Contributions:

RF Clouds Intelligence

Research in cyberspace applications benefiting from the RF cloud of the wireless devices at CWINS began with motion and gesture detection and authentication and security and more recently moved into interference measurement and modeling for intelligent spectrum management.



 BESTNEST Research Center

Cloud and Edge Computing

Tera Hertz

RF and Hardware

Data Sciences

Networking Sciences

Quantum Computing

Major Projects


  • Ziheng Li
  • Zhenyuan Lei
  • An Yan
  • Erin Solovey
  • Kaveh Pahlavan
ThuMouse is a novel interaction paradigm aimed to create a gesture-based and touch-free cursor interaction that accurately tracks the motion of fingers in real-time. ThuMouse enables users to move the cursor using frequency-modulated continuous-wave (FMCW) radar. While previous work with FMCW radar in human-computer-interfaces (HCI) has focused on classifying a set of predefined hand gestures, ThuMouse regressively tracks the position of a finger, which allows for finer-grained interaction. This paper presents the gesture sensing pipeline we built, with regressive tracking through deep neural networks, data augmentation for robustness, and computer vision as a training base. We also report on a proof-of-concept demonstration shows how our system can function as a mouse, and identify areas for future work. This work builds a foundation for designing finer micro gesture-based interactions, allowing the finger to emulate external input devices such as a joystick and touch-pad.


  • Kaveh Pahlavan
  • Emanuel Agu
  •  Rick Brown
  •  Sergey Makarov
  • Robert Kineck
  • John Orr

Using the IEEE 802.11 WLAN access points, PCMCIA WLAN cards, EKAHAU positioning software, and laptops acquired from the CNS support and our PROPSIM real-time channel simulator acquired from a DoD grant we have completed a novel laboratory testbed for performance evaluation of the indoor positioning systems operating based on RSS. This is the first laboratory testbed that is developed for performance monitoring of indoor positioning systems. The novel methodology adopted in this experiment uses our existing Ray-tracing software to identify location of the training points and measure the performance of the positioning software (in this case EKAHAU engine). The WLAN access points and a laptop with PCMCIA cards as well as the Ray-tracing software are connected to the real-time channel simulator that simulates the channel behavior between location of the access points and the mobile, specified in the Ray-tracing GUI. This innovative setup allows low cost repeatable performance analysis of indoor positioning systems. Our first publication in this field describes the architecture of the testbed and the preliminary results of performance evaluation that relates the density of the training points to the accuracy of the measurements.