Professor Richard Langley

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Contact Details

Tel: +44 (0)114 22 25583

ORCID: 0000-0002-5950-5674


  • BSc, University of Kent
  • PhD, University of Kent

Research Activities

  • Antennas
  • Automotive Antennas
  • Reconfigurable and Tunable antennas
  • Frequency Selective Surfaces
  • Active surfaces
  • Metamaterials
  • Propagation in the built Environment


  • Head of Communications Group

Research Group: Communications


I hold BSc and PhD degrees from the University of Kent. After spending some time working on communications satellites at Marconi Space Systems in the 1970s I became an academic at the University of Kent in 1979. I was Honorary Editor of IEE Proceedings – Microwaves, Antennas and Propagation from 1995-2003.

In 1997 I founded the European Technology Centre for Harada Industries Japan, a global leader in automotive antennas. After successfully building up the technology and business I rejoined academic life in 2003. In 2005, I moved to the University of Sheffield where I became Head of the Communications Research Group in the EEE Department.

My main research areas are in the fields of automotive antennas, propagation in the built environment, frequency selective surfaces, electromagnetic band gap materials and applications, multi-function antenna systems and reconfigurable antennas. I initiated the setting up of the Wireless Friendly Building Forum in 2009 to address the problems of wireless signal propagation in buildings and the built environment. I have published over 400 papers in international journals and conferences and I am a past Chair of the IET Antennas and Propagation Professional Network.

I recently won funding to set up a £1M millimetre wave testing facility at The University of Sheffield. My latest research is aimed at future communications systems such as 5G, the Internet of Things and Autonomous vehicles.

Research Projects


Research Students

Student Degree Status Primary/Secondary
Abbasi N PhD Graduated Primary
Alamri SM PhD Graduated Primary
Alharbi YH PhD Graduated Primary
Bai Q PhD Graduated Primary
Folayan OA PhD Graduated Primary
Liu Luyi PhD Graduated Primary
Plaivech P PhD Graduated Primary
Roberts J PhD Graduated Primary
Tzortzakakis M PhD Graduated Primary
Wang Y PhD Graduated Primary
Zhang H PhD Graduated Primary
Zhu S PhD Graduated Primary
Allawati HM PhD Graduated Secondary
Fu Y PhD Graduated Secondary
Lee H PhD Graduated Secondary
Lin N MPhil Graduated Secondary
Liu H PhD Graduated Secondary
Ma J PhD Graduated Secondary
Peng B PhD Graduated Secondary
Tong Y PhD Graduated Secondary
Turyagyenda C PhD Graduated Secondary
Wang Y PhD Graduated Secondary
Yu L PhD Graduated Secondary
Zhang L PhD Graduated Secondary