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The work of the Wireless Communications Research Group is divided into three underpinning themes: antennas, channels and networks with numerous applications. Our experise spans the physical layer, link layer and network layers. More recently we have been investigating cross-layer solutions for challenging applications that demand efficiency, performance and reliability. Applications range from RFID & localisation to wireless body area networks to wireless networked control to connected health, spanning UHF to mm-wave frequencies.
The Wireless Communications Research Group is itself part of Digital Communications within the Institute of Electronics, Communications & Information Technology (ECIT), in the School of EEECS. Hence the group is well placed with access to an extensive range of simulation tools, test and measurement equipment and facilities.
The Wireless Communications Research Group is headed by Professor William Scanlon who is also responsible for the 'antennas' theme within the group. The 'channels' theme is headed up by Dr Simon Cotton and the 'Networks' theme by Dr Emi Garcia.
The head of the group, Professor Scanlon is an acknowledged international expert in wearable antennas and short range radio communications. Scanlon is currently Chair of Wireless Communications and Director of Research for Digital Communications at Queen's University, Belfast where he has been employed since since 2002. He also holds a part-time Chair in Short Range Radio at the University of Twente, The Netherlands. Professor Scanlon also has significant industrial 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 EPSRC, government departments and international companies. He was a founding Director of WirelessLAB, an all-Ireland collaborative and innovation network and he is a founding Director and currently the Chief Scientist of ACT Wireless Ltd. Professor Scanlon has published over 200 papers since 1995 and the 1750 citations of his work can be viewed on Google (h-index of 21), or on Scopus (h=15, n=913).