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Lidar and Optical Communications Institute (LOCI)

LOCI: The Place to be for Graduate Education in LIDAR and FSOC

LOCI is an Air Force center of excellence for laser radar (LIDAR) research and graduate study.

Free space laser communication (FSOC) comes under the LOCI purview, since many aspects of LIDAR and FSOC are synergistic. LOCI performs advanced laser radar research in pre-competitive areas. We seek and encourage industry participation and fulfill educational needs as well as develop research directions.

LOCI is a collaboration between AFRL, AFIT, the University of Dayton and the LIDAR/FSOC communities. We provide graduate education in these areas with M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electro-optics as well as a LIDAR certificate program. For more information, please click on a link below:

LOCI serves the Lidar and free space optical communications community by developing highly qualified engineers for leadership in the field. They conduct research on component technology to demonstrate unprecedented sensing, tracking, identification, and access to information.
Laser Communication Research and Education

The goal of LOCI is to develop an Air Force Center of Excellence in Lidar and laser communication research and education. To attain its goal, LOCI collaborates with the Air Force Research Laboratory to develop and implement research programs to integrate students and faculty into the research and technology development. With AFIT, LOCI develops relevant Lidar curriculum, constructs and maintains state-of-the-art laboratories on campus, as well as develops and cultivates industrial and academic partnerships.


Lidar and Optical Communications Institute

Fitz Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2950