Sensor Technology Research Centre

Communications research group

The Communications research group is within the School of Engineering and Design at the University of Sussex covering a wide range of topics in the field of communications and networks. The research work is focused on improving the capacity, power and spectrum efficiency, reliability, and quality-of-service for future communication systems.

The principal aim of the group is to produce high quality research of international excellence. It promotes basic and applied research employing leading edge digital communication technologies and methodologies to meet the new emerging requirements and applications.      

The work involves theoretical studies, modelling, simulations, and practical implementations employing specialized software tools and digital hardware systems. The research investigations are targeted for the immediate and near future systems deployment.

The research work impacts directly a number of important areas in the communications industry to address the ever increasing demand for more power and bandwidth efficient mobile systems. It also impact other sectors including transport, energy, healthcare, security, and environment making a real difference on people’s lives.

Research interests are in three broad areas.

  • Mobile Communications: Advanced digital communication techniques, Multi-user communications, Multiple access, Medium access control, Multiple antenna systems (MIMO), Channel coding, Multi-carrier, Spatial diversity and multiplexing, Cooperative communications, Multi-user relay networks, Network coding, cross-layer designs, Multi-functional techniques for small-cell base-stations, and Video coding.
  • Wireless Networks and Applications: Adhoc Networks, Wireless Sensor Networks, WLAN, and Cellular LTE. Green Communications, Vehicular Communications, Real-time and Safety Critical Protocols, Visual Sensor Networks, Video Surveillance, Smart Grids, Measurement and Control, and Healthcare.
  • Embedded Digital Systems: Implementation of advanced low complexity and low power consumption communication algorithms on embedded digital hardware, DSP, and FPGA. Test-bed demonstrators for technology evaluation and integrated networks.