About the RTC Lab
The Real-Time Communications (RTC) Lab at the Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech) is an educational facility dedicated to teaching, research and development activities that further the advancement of networked communications. The lab welcomes projects from partners in industry and academia provides a unique venue in which industry and academia connect and collaborate. The RTC Lab is affiliated with Illinois Tech's Wireless Network and Communications Research (WiNCom) Center and is directed by Carol Davids, and Vijay K. Gurbani. The RTC Lab collaborates closely with Illinois Tech's Active Computational Thinking (ACT) Center.Areas of research include:
- Indoor Location for Emergency Response using BlueTooth Low Energy beacons and Wifi
- WebRTC Solution for Next Generation Emergency Communications
- Multimedia signaling performance benchmarking
- Application of machine learning techniques to real-time communication networks and VoIP
- Natural language understanding/processing pipelines in real-time communication systems
The RTC Lab is directed by Carol Davids and Vijay K. Gurbani, faculty members in IIT's Computer Science Department. Carol Davids designed the RTC Lab in the early 2000's to support the weekly hands-on assignments and semester projects essential to her real-time communications and networking courses. Soon the lab became a venue for projects proposed by industry- and academic partners. Before joining the faculty at IIT, Carol worked at Ameritech, Motorola and Tellabs. Vijay Gurbani's work also spans both industry and academia. He has worked in industry at Fermi National Labs and Bell Laboratories and is currently Chief Data Scientist at Vail Systems, Inc. Professors Davids and Gurbani have worked together for many years, collaborating on research, publications and conferences. They plan to expand the scope of the lab's work to include the integration of VoiceTech, BlockChain, AI and IoT with Real Time Communications technologies.
The RTC Lab is managed by Joe Cusimano. He maintains the lab resources, mentors lab students and interfaces with our industry partners. Joe oversees the operation of the NG9-1-1 Test Bed in the RTC Lab, where the National Emergency Numbers Association (NENA) holds its periodic Industry Collaboration Events (ICE). Before joining the RTC Lab, Joe worked for many years supervising operations in Illinois Bell/Ameritech, and currently is the principal consultant at Elec-Tel Communications.
Students are at the heart of the lab's activities. Lab assignments and semester projects associated with courses are done here. Students also engage in all the events and activities of the lab. They support and participate in the lab's public events including the annual RTC Conference, STEM Week and the Ethics and Technology Panels. Students also provide support for industry-focused activities including NENA testing events, ClueCon, and TADHack.
- OCTOBER 9, 2020: Technology and Social Justice - Panel Discussion on Healthcare: A virtual panel discussion exploring the ways in which biased algorithms used in providing health services negatively impact people of color. Ways to overcome the biases and their impacts will be discussed.
- OCTOBER 10-11, 2020: TADHack Chicago 2020 is a hackathon held the weekend before the RTC Conference. Winners receive cash prizes as well as the opportunity to demo their creations in a plenary session of the RTC Conference.
- OCTOBER 13-15, 2020: IPTComm 2020 is an academic conference held in conjunction with the IIT Real Time Communications Conference. Peer-reviewed papers that are accepted and presented at the conference will be published on IEEE XPlore.
- OCTOBER 13-15, 2020: IIT Real Time Communications Conference 2020 is a globally recognized collaborative event, where industry and academia connect. Leveraging its unique academic setting, this annual conference, now entering its 16th year, brings together software developers, network engineers, entrepreneurs,business executives, students, and academic educators and researchers to promote an open exchange of ideas to lead future development in the rapidly changing field of real-time communications.
- Technology and Social Justice: Panel discussion on the biases associated with facial recognition software This is the video of the virtual event held on September 11, 2020.
- IPTComm 2019
- IIT Real Time Communications Conference 2019
- TADHack Chicago 2019
- Ethics and Technology Panel on Policing and Surveillance
- National Emergency Numbers Association Industry Collaboration Event 7
- National Emergency Numbers Association Industry Collaboration Event 6
- National Emergency Numbers Association Industry Collaboration Event 8
- Leveraging eBPF to preserve user privacy for DNS, DoT, and DoH queries, Sean Rivera, Vijay K. Gurbani, Sofiane Lagraa, Antonio Ken Iannillo, and Radu State, In Proceedings of the 15th ACM International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security, pp 1-10, August 2020.
- "A systematic study of open source and commercial text-to-speech (TTS) engines," Jordan Hosier, Jordan Kalfen, Nikhita Sharma, and Vijay K. Gurbani, Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Text, Speech and Dialogue ( TSD 2020), Springer Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI), Volume 12284, September 2020
- Determining the Indoor Location of an Emergency Caller in a Multi-story Building Luke Logan, Carol Davids, Cary Davids; May, 2020 IEEE International Workshop Technical Committee on Communications Quality and Reliability (CQR); IEEE XPlore
- Dispatchable Indoor Location System for Mobile Phones based on a BlueTooth Low Energy Array Carol Davids, Cary Davids, Bharat Ramaswamy Nandakumar, Neilabh Okhandiar, Francisco Rois, Chakib Ljazouli, Adrian Calle Murillo: September 2017, IPTComm '17: Proceedings of the Principles, Systems and Applications on IP Telecommunications; IEEE Xplore.
- Next Generation 911: Where Are We? What Have We Learned? What Lies Ahead Eds. Carol Davids, Vijay K. Gurbani, Salvatore Loreto, Ravi Subramanyan IEEE Communications Magazine Year: 2017, Volume: 55, Issue: 1
- Dispatchable Indoor Location for Mobile Phones Calling for Emergency Services Carol Davids, Javier Moreno Valdecantos, Bartlomiej Dworak, Cruz Tovar, Bharat Ramaswamy Nandakumar,Mahak Patil October 2015 IPTComm '15: Proceedings of the Principles, Systems and Applications on IP Telecommunications Publisher: ACM
- Benchmarking the session initiation protocol (SIP) Yueqing Zhang; Arthur Clouet; Oluseyi S. Awotayo; Carol Davids; Vijay K. Gurbani 2015 IEEE International Workshop Technical Committee on Communications Quality and Reliability (CQR) Year: 2015
- Real-time communications: topics for research and methods of collaboration Carol Davids, Gaston Ormazabal, Radu State: July 2014 ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review: Volume 44 Issue 3, July 2014 Publisher: ACM
- A study of an open source IP multimedia subsystem test bed Jin Tang, Carol Davids, Yu Cheng: July 2008 QShine '08: Proceedings of the 5th International ICST Conference on Heterogeneous Networking for Quality, Reliability, Security and Robustness Publisher: ICST (Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering)