Matthew Trotter

Matthew Trotter

Matthew Trotter

Information and Communications Lab, Georgia Tech Research Institute

Matthew Trotter
Research Engineer II
Information and Communications Lab, Georgia Tech Research Institute
Areas of Expertise: 
electronic warfare (EW), wireless sensor networks, energy harvesting, wireless backscatter communications, radio-frequency identification (RFID) system deployment, and position/orientation estimation
On energy and the Internet of Things: “Computing is expanding outward from centralized, powerhouse machines to decentralized, power-efficient nodes. Imagine the cost savings and ease of use of nodes that can harvest all energy needs from the ambient."

Dr. Matthew Trotter thrives on analyzing, testing, and evaluating hardware, software, and techniques, tactics, and procedures for electronic warfare (EW). He is also an expert in wireless sensor networks including energy harvesting, wireless backscatter communications, radio-frequency identification (RFID) system deployment, and position/orientation estimation. He holds four US patents and numerous IEEE peer-reviewed scientific publications. Dr. Trotter is currently a Research Engineer II with the Information and Communications Laboratory (ICL) with the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). He is a program director leading multiple projects in the area of EW. He has led multiple teams of 2-4 engineers and co-op students. He has experience with rapid-prototyping and system design from deriving requirements to product testing. He has performed experimentation, modeling, and simulation of EW-related wireless communication systems and countermeasures. He has also researched in the areas of mathematical modeling and simulation of nonlinear microwave devices, radio wave propagation, and software-defined radios. From 2011-2013, he was Postdoctoral Researcher (Imagineer) for Disney Research where he developed a wireless football-tracking system for use during live NCAA games. He improved performance using magnetoquasistatic, near-ground propagation techniques as well as antenna and frequency diversity. In addition, he led research and experimentation on wireless sensors and gesture recognition. Video and more information can be found on the Disney Research webpage. He received his BS in electrical engineering (2007) from the University of Texas and his MS (2009) and PhD (2011) in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech, where he specialized in energy harvesting and range estimation for RFID systems. In particular, he holds a US patent on Power Optimized Waveforms (POWs), an energy harvesting technique, and is an active member of the RFID research community, IEEE CRFID, and IEEE RFID conferences. He has worked with start-up companies as a prototype developer and intellectual property consultant, focusing on wearable electronic devices and Bluetooth input devices for smartphones.