We have a long standing track record as a major academic research group in the field of wireless communications within Europe, and historically we have a unique research approach on both satellite as well as terrestrial mobile communication systems.
Our mission is to pursue relevant research with impacts whilst pushing the limits.Regius Professor Rahim Tafazolli FREng, Head of the Institute for Communication Systems
Areas of research
Our research addresses all levels of communication systems as well as the key challenges in the development of a 5G, 5G+ and 6G infrastructure capable of providing connectivity for future technologies.
A fundamental aim is to use context – about users, services, networks and devices – to enable advanced communications capabilities that will provide an unparalleled user experience.
Development of radio frequency components and sub-systems and their related baseband techniques, particularly considering the new frequencies being adopted for 5G+ and 6G.
Investigating how to apply artificial intelligence and deep learning to the problems of radio communications links in order to improve their performance and adaptability.
Covering the topics of future networking, network management and service delivery technologies in 5G, 5G+ and 6G.
Optimise the use of resources within a resource limited network and to orchestrate resources from different networks, while satisfying the quality of experience requirements of each user.
Covering security and privacy for 5G+ and 6G services that is aided by next generation AI and a network of networks comprising short range, wide area and satellite networks.
Air interface design for future wireless networks (primarily 5G+ and 6G) to support a wide range of vertical applications domains with vastly diverse technical requirements.
Improving our impact
In order to improve the relevance and impact of our research work, we are members of key Standards Developing Organisations, and work with our industrial partners to contribute to and follow their activities:
- European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI)
- 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP)
- International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
- TM Forum
- Linux Foundation
- Digital Video Broadcasting project (DVB).
Some of our staff are also members of: