Institute for Communication Systems
Pioneering the next generation of information and communication technologies
Welcome to the Institute for Communications Systems (ICS), home of the 5G/6G Innovation Centre (5G/6GIC), one of the largest and most renowned academic research centres in its field in Europe. Leveraging the wealth of technical and commercial experience among our industry partners, we are setting out a socially and commercially credible vision for beyond 5G and 6G (PDF), and pioneering technologies which will underpin the future.
Global research for 6G
We are taking the global lead on research topics which will be crucial for the successful deployment of 6G, and will enable a rich new fabric of digital services. Our research and innovation strengths include:
- 5G Advanced
- Integrated Satellite and Terrestrial 5G and 6G
- Reflective and Transmitive Intelligent Surfaces
- THz communications and components
- Positioning and Image sensing
- High Quality Time and Frequency Transmission
- Connected transportation
- Ultra Massive MIMO
- Terabits Per Second Communications
- Internet of Senses
- Network and Physical Layer security.
The Institute for Communication Systems drives innovation in many transformative areas of research including terrestrial mobile, satellite and high altitude platform communications, and "internet of things" (IoT) technologies such as connected vehicles and connected health.
These IoT technologies use artificial intelligence and context information to enable intelligent communications, and connectivity capabilities to provide an unparalleled user experience cost effectively. We are working with key partners to provide critical national infrastructure to ensure the security and resilience of networks, in line with our strategy of contributing to the economy and improving quality of life for society.
We are working in key areas where context is used to enable advanced communications capabilities that will provide an unparalleled user experience. These include artificial intelligence, satellite communications, ‘internet of things’, connected vehicles, mobile communications, drone communications and large intelligent surfaces.
Professor Rahim Tafazolli
Head of the Institute for Communication Systems (ICS)