The Centre for Communication Systems Research (CCSR) is now the Institute for Communication Systems (ICS), reflecting its leading international role in the development of 5G communications.
The largest academic research group in Europe specialising in information and communication technologies, the new ICS provides a framework for close collaboration with key players in the telecommunication and IoT industries.
The move from ‘Centre’ to ‘Institute’ is in recognition of critical mass and influential work being undertaken within the Institute that is spearheaded by the 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) – which is part of the ICS. With a new building to open officially in April 2015, the 5GIC is the UK’s only research centre dedicated to the next generation of mobile communications, bringing together leading academic expertise and global industry partners to define, develop and test the 5G network. The Centre’s founding members – who have together pledged over £55 million – include some of the world’s leading mobile network operators, infrastructure and tools providers, and media and communications organisations.
Part of the University’s Department of Electronic Engineering, ICS (formally known as CCSR) has been at the forefront of research in mobile, satellite communication and Internet of Things (IoT) systems since it was established over 20 years ago. It was an active contributor to the development of 2G technology in the 1990s, 3G in the 2000s and 4G since 2010.
Professor Rahim Tafazolli, Head of the ICS, said, “Defining and developing the 5G network will bring a broad range of challenges, and it will be vital to work closely with our business partners, and share expertise, in order to solve these challenges and collectively contribute to standards. The move from CCSR to ICS reflects a more industry-focused approach as well as recognising our world-leading position in the field of mobile communications and internet technologies.”
The ICS houses over 160 researchers, including academic staff, post-doctoral researchers, PhD students.