A global leader in Physical Layer Wireless Communications
CWI is the UK’s largest research, development and exploitation base in physical layer wireless, and one of the strongest in Europe.
Our 60-strong team of research academics, postdocs, PhD students and engineers develop innovative underpinning technologies for Wireless. Their work focuses on the themes of RF through THz Systems and Signal Processing and Communication Theory. They collaborate specifically on six sub-themes: Future Cellular Systems, Physical Layer Secure Wireless, Electromagnetic Sensing, Green Wireless, Space Applications and Connected & Autonomous Systems.
Professor Simon Cotton is the Director of the Centre for Wireless Innovation (CWI) and a world leading expert in the areas of wireless channel characterisation and modelling. Among his other areas of expertise are 5G, device-to-device, vehicular, and wearable communications.
Simon received the 2010 IEEE H. A. Wheeler Prize Paper Award. He was awarded the Sir George Macfarlane Medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Philip Leverhulme Prize from the Leverhulme Trust both in 2011. From 2010-2015, Simon held a highly prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship.Learn more about Professor Simon Cotton
2019 ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects: Telecommunication Engineering
- Ranked 28th Globally, 5th in Europe, 2nd in the UK.
2019 UK Research & Innovation (UKRI): Future Leaders Fellowship
- Dr Hien Quoc Ngo, to develop "cell-free massive MIMO (multiple-input multiple-output)” technology.
2019 EURASIP (European Association for Signal Processing): Early Career Award
- Dr Michalis Matthaiou, for his significant contributions to signal processing for MIMO and massive MIMO systems.
2019 IEEE Globecom: Best Paper
- Dr Trung Duong for "Learning-Aided Realtime Performance Optimisation of Cognitive UAV-Assisted Disaster Communication", co-authors Nguyen, Tuan, Hanzo.
2019 Mobile World Scholar (GSMA - global association of mobile operators): Grand Prize
- Dr Babar Abbassi for "Low Complexity RF Front-End for mm-Wave MIMO 5G Mobile Networks", co-authors Dr Matthaiou, Prof Fusco, Dr Tataria.
2018 Mobile World Scholar (GSMA): Gold Prize
- Dr Neil Buchanan for "Flat Self-Steered High Gain Antennas for 5G Networks", co-author Prof Fusco.
2018 39th European Space Agency (ESA) Antenna Workshop: Best Innovation Award
- Dr Robert Cahill for "Electrochromic Material for Reconfigurable Antenna Applications", co-authors Bulja, Norooziarab, Kopf.
2018 IET Loughborough Antennas and Propagation Conference (LAPC): Best Student Paper Award
- Miss Sarah Clendinning, for “Equivalent Circuit Model for Linear to Circular Polarisation Converters Based on Bandpass Freestanding Frequency Selected Surfaces Screens” co-authors Dr Cahill, Dr Zelenchuk, Prof Fusco.
2018 IEEE International Conference on Electronics Circuits and Systems (ICECS): Best Paper Award
- Mr Matthew Love, “A Compact 5 GHz Lumped-Element Wilkinson Power Combiner on 28 nm Bulk CMOS” co-authors Dr Thian, van der Wilt, Kianush.
2017 Newton Prize
- Dr Trung Duong for "Integrated Heterogeneous Wireless System (IHWS) for Developing Countries", co-author Dr Nguyen-Son.
The effect of the human body on mm-wave wireless channels for 5G networks
Resonant FSS as Linear to Circular Polarisation Converters
Building Advanced Structures for Spacecrafts
Electromagnetic Energy Absorbing Structures
Creating New Medical Communication Networks
Tissue-independent implantable antenna for in-body communications
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INTERESTED IN UNDERTAKING A PHD AT CWI?
Completing a PhD is a highly rewarding experience.
At CWI you will have the opportunity to work with some of the most passionate researchers in their field. We are currently seeking applications for a variety of research projects in wireless technologies. See our full list of PhD projects available in the link below.View our PhD vacancies here
NEW KEYSIGHT MILLIMETER-WAVE RESEARCH LAB OPENED AT CWI
The lab can accommodate 60 researchers, students and engineers.
Executing a market driven, innovative approach, ECIT works closely with world-leading companies and entrepreneurs to establish the lab’s research objectives focusing on the future of a digital society. Welcoming the announcement of the new lab, Professor Vincent Fusco, Chief Technical Officer of ECIT and leader of microwave research at Queen’s University Belfast for over thirty years, commented: “This partnership with Queen’s University Belfast and Keysight gives us unprecedented measurement and instrumentation capabilities that will transform our microwave and millimeter-wave laboratories to advance our world leading research in this area.”Read more here
CWI RESEARCHER WINS THE EURASIP EARLY CAREER AWARD
Dr Michalis Matthaiou, a Reader (equivalent to Associate Professor) in Multiple-Antenna Systems at the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) at Queen’s University Belfast, is the winner of the 2019 Early Career Award from the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP)
This prestigious prize is awarded annually to an outstanding researcher and engineer working within the technical scope of EURASIP at an early or mid-stage of their career. The selected recipient’s current work shows not only significant scientific achievements but also high potential to advance scientific knowledge through novel, timely and significant endeavours.Read more here