School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


Communications research

The Communications Research Division has wide ranging research interests in all aspects of modern communication systems and the processing to support them.

Particular strengths is our work on Antennas, Bio-Acoustics, Biomedical Electronics, Computer Networks, Microwave Measurements, Mobile Communications, Signal Processing and Wireless Communications.

All activities are characterised by strong collaboration with Industry, and have considerable support from EPSRC and EU sponsors. The research therefore has a particular relevance to real world problems and many of the research outputs from the Division are exploited practically by Industry.

The Communications theme contains a number of research groups representing the specific activities mentioned above. Each is headed by a full-time member of Academic Staff and contains other staff members and research students.

Activities we address include but are not limited to:

  • Algorithmic and applied signal processing
  • Bio-acoustics and sonar
  • Optoelectronics
  • Antennas
  • Microwave and sub-millimetre wave engineering
  • Meta materials
  • Wireless communications
  • Cognitive radio networks
  • Network security, privacy and forensics
  • Wireless networks
  • Big data analytics
  • Network performance monitoring and information management

Research groups

Signal Processing and Networks Research Group

The group performs internationally-leading research in algorithmic and applied signal processing, underpinned by industrial collaboration and support.

Signal Processing and Networks Research Group

Optical Engineering Research Group

A multi-disciplinary group, active in all areas of optics and laser technology across a range of mechanical engineering applications.

Optical Engineering  Research Group

Wireless Communications Research Group

The Wireless Communications Research Group (WiCR) undertakes research on a range of topics applicable to cutting edge wireless communications technology.

Wireless Communications Research Group

Research centre

5G Research Centre

The centre focuses on research work relevant to the future of mobile communications.

5G Research Centre