Professor William Scanlon, Queen's University, Belfast


Professor William Scanlon Professor William Scanlon is Head of School of Electronics, Electrical Engineeing and Computer Science (EEECS) and Director of the Centre for Wireless Innovation (CWI). CWI is one of the three major Centres that make up the Institute of Electronics, Communications & Information Technology (ECIT), which is a Global Research Institute of Queen's University, Belfast, UK. The vision of CWI is 'to be a global leader in physical layer wireless research, development and exploitation.' Our focus is uniquely on end to end physical layer wireless technologies and solutions addressing the challenges of modern society – “a smarter world”. We work on the development of new ideas & techniques for enabling ubiquitous, robust & secure connectivity. We exploit the significant research opportunities that found in the “gap” between the microwaves / RF hardware and communications / signal processing communities.

Scanlon's own research expertise is mainly in antennas and wave propagation but sometimes this work extends through the link layer and network layers. He is a global pioneer in the area of wearable and medical device communications, particulaly in relation to implantable solutions, having worked and published in this area for more than 20 years. However, he is also more broadly interested in wireless solutions for challenging applications that demand efficiency, performance and reliability. Applications of interest range from biomedical sensing, mobile (cellular) networks, wireless body area networks, wireless sensing systems, wireless networked control, RFID, secure and covert communications, localisation to connected health, spanning VHF to mm-wave frequencies.

Short Bio

Professor William Scanlon wave interaction with human body for wrist mounted flexible antenna at 868 MHz is Chair of Wireless Communications at Queen's University, Belfast where he has been employed since since 2002. He also held a part-time Chair in Short Range Radio at the University of Twente, The Netherlands from 2009 through 2014. Professor Scanlon also has significant commercial experience (Osram-GEC, Siemens and Nortel) and his early academic career was spent at the University of Ulster where he worked on wireless aspects of biomedical engineering. His research has attracted significant support from a wide range of sources including the UK EPSRC, government departments and international companies. He is a founder and Managing Director of ActivWireless Ltd, a Queen's University spin-out company focused on real time locating systems (RTLS) with applications in student engagement management systems such as ActivCampus. Professor Scanlon is an Associate Editor of IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters and he was a founding Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine (2013 to 2015). Scanlon has been a Series Editor of the IET Book Series on Telecommunications and Networking and he delivered the 2012 NATO International Lecture Series on Next Generation Communications. He received a Young Scientist award from URSI in 1999, and he was a recipient of the 2010 IEEE H. A. Wheeler Prize Paper Award for the best applications paper in IEEE Transactions Antennas and Propagation. Prof. Scanlon has published over 230 papers since 1995 and the more than 3600 citations of his work can be viewed on Google (h-index of 30), or on Scopus (h=24, n=2350). Full details of Professor Scanlon's publications, activities and projects can be found on the Queen's University institutional repository.