Professor in Wireless Communications Awarded Membership to DCMS College of Experts

Professor Timothy O’Farrell from the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Sheffield has become a member of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports’ (DCMS) College of Experts.

Professor Tim O'Farrell in a lab
Professor Timothy O'Farrell

The DCMS College of Experts is a government funded initiative that brings together 49 experts from across academia and industry to help advise UK government policymakers in key areas including Digital Infrastructure, Digital and Technical policy and Cyber Security. For more information on click here.

The three year appointment of Professor O’Farrell is in recognition of his expertise in wireless communications and networking as well as energy efficient wireless networking. He will be mainly involved in advising on broadband digital infrastructure, in particular, cellular mobile radio networks such as 5G, and research into 6G.  In addition to his Chair of Wireless Communications he is also Director of CommNet2, a community network organisation funded by the EPSRC which seeks to be the go-to hub for those working in the Information and Communication Technology sector.

On becoming a member of the College of Experts, Professor O’Farrell says “I’m delighted to have been recruited to the DCSM College of Experts.  My expertise in wireless communication systems and networking will help advise UK government policymakers and will support DCMS with its work to drive growth and quality of life in the UK.”

To find out more about Professor O’Farrell’s work, he has contributed to an on-demand webinar addressing energy efficiency in 5G which is part of a series of talks on the sustainability of cellular mobile networks.  Follow the link to view the webinar: “Hard Talk: Net Zero, sustainability and the impact of cloud”. 

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