The work of the Wireless Communication Systems (WCS) Research Cluster is mainly at the physical layer, but our expertise extends through the link layer and network layers. Our interest is in solutions for challenging applications that demand efficiency, performance and reliability and we were global pioneers in wearable communications, having worked in this area for more than 20 years. Applications range from mobile networks, RFID, localisation, wireless body area networks & wireless networked control to connected health, spanning UHF to mm-wave frequencies.
The WCS Cluster is a major division within the Institute of Electronics, Communications & Information Technology (ECIT), in the School of EEECS. Hence the cluster is well placed with access to an extensive range of simulation tools, test and measurement equipment and facilities.
The WCS Director of Research is Professor William Scanlon who who is an acknowledged international expert in wearable antennas and short range radio communications. Scanlon 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 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 founder and Managing Director of ActivWireless Ltd, a Queen's University spin-out company focused on real time locating systems (RTLS). Professor Scanlon is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine and IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, and he has published well over 220 papers since 1995 and the more than 2540 citations of his work can be viewed on Google (h-index of 25), or on Scopus (h=20, n=1404).