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Richard Candell (Fed)

Project Lead (Electronics Engineer)

Dr. Richard Candell has over twenty years of experience in wireless systems engineering with extensive experience in the design and evaluation of wireless communications systems.  Dr. Candell spent twelve years developing, testing, and deploying secure wireless technologies for commercial and defense applications. He served as the lead systems engineer in developing spread spectrum interference cancellation and performance evaluation strategies for satellite ground stations and mobile phased array beam steering transceivers.  He holds patents in successive interference cancellation and transmission burst detection applied to spread-spectrum satellite communications signals.  He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Burgundy, Dijon, France.  He also holds a BS and MS degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of Memphis.  Dr. Candell joined the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the US in 2014 where he leads the Industrial Wireless Systems research laboratory.  He is a member of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society and the Robotics and Automation Society.  His current research interests include the performance of mobile robotic, manufacturing, and safety applications when deployed with wireless networks as the primary mode of communications.  Dr. Candell was the primary contributing author of the Guide to Industrial Wireless Systems Deployments (NIST AMS 300-4) and he serves as the Chair of the IEEE P1451.5p Wireless Performance Assessment and Measurement Working Group and the NIST Industrial Wireless System technical interest group.


Bronze Medal for developing innovative measurement methods, a state-of-the-art test bed, and extensive first-in-class measurement data sets that led to a comprehensive Guide to Industrial Wireless Systems Deployments.

  • Candell, R. , Hany, M. , Lee, K. , Liu, Y. , Quimby, J. and Remley, C. (2018), Guide to Industrial Wireless Systems Deployments, Advanced Manufacturing Series (NIST AMS), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 28, 2022)
  • Candell, R. , Remley, C. , Quimby, J. , Novotny, D. , Curtin, A. , Papazian, P. , Koepke, G. , Diener, J. and Hany, M. (2017), Industrial Wireless Systems: Radio Propagation Measurements, Technical Note (NIST TN), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 29, 2022)

Best Paper, 2020 Product Life-cycle Management Conference, Rapperswil, Switzerland.

  • Candell, R. , Liu, Y. , Hany, M. , Montgomery, K. and Foufou, S. (2020), Smart Manufacturing Testbed for the Advancement of Wireless Adoption in the Factory, IFIP 17th International Conference on Product Lifecycle, Rapperswil, -1, [online], (Accessed April 28, 2022)

Best Paper, 17th IEEE International Conference on Factory Communication Systems (WFCS)



Created February 20, 2019, Updated July 11, 2022