Communications Research Group

The Communications Research Group currently comprises thirteen academic staff and over forty
researchers.

anechoic chamber

Research activities are addressing exciting topics such as Cognitive radio, Green radio systems,
vehicle communications, smart surfaces, body worn systems, wireless friendly buildings and medical
electromagnetics.

Our expertise covers:

  • Physical layer (antennas, some RF, baseband processing/coding/modulation/MIMO)
  • Radio resource management layers (packet scheduling, handover, load control, inter-cell interference coordination, access control…)
  • Network planning layers (base station placement, coverage, propagation environments (indoor & outdoor)
  • Application layers (video coding and compression, video transmission, video quality metrics)

Topics include active and passive meta-materials, multi-functional tuneable antennas, miniaturized
antennas and surfaces, textile systems, beam forming, frequency selective surfaces, indoor
propagation modelling, smart surfaces for wind turbines and time switched arrays.

textile antenna

We are a founding member of the Wireless Friendly Buildings Forum which researches and advises
on matters relating to radio propagation within and between buildings.

We are the only academic member of the Antenna Interface Standards Group (AISG) which was
formed to create an open specification for the control interface of 3G antenna line products.

The group has a range of anechoic chambers operating from 400 MHz upwards, a fully polarimetric
SAR imaging facility and one for very low RCS measurements. In addition we have both indoor
anechoic and outdoor free-field range facilities at our Buxton site. We have measurement facilities
for characterisation of both low and high loss materials from 400 MHz. These are complemented by
a full range of computer controlled measurement instrumentation.