Mr Eddie Ball
Eddie Ball

Reader in Wireless Communications

email: E.A.Ball@sheffield.ac.uk
ext: 25839
tel: +44 (0)114 222 5839
Room: C25

Qualifications

M.Eng. (1st class, York 1996), Chartered Engineer, MIET, MIEE

Research

My industrial and academic research experience and interests span 3 broad, overlapping themes:-

  1. Novel RF circuit design
  2. Novel RF system design, including DSP and Software Defined Radio
  3. Novel applications of RF and radio technology (including non-communications applications)

I am investigating new fields of radio design, applied to modern commercial & industrial applications for:-

  • IoT radio
  • Millimetre wavelength radio
  • RF MMIC and RF CMOS

If you are a researcher looking to work in some of these fields, please contact me.

If you are an industrial organisation with desire to better exploit these fields, or address existing complex technical issues, please contact me.

Industrial Background

Prior to starting at Sheffield University in 2015, my career has been as a practising RF Engineer in industry:-

  • Tunstall Healthcare Ltd (Principal RF Engineer, Radio System Architect) 2011-2015
  • Cambridge Consultants Ltd (Principal RF Engineer in Wireless Business Unit) 1996 - 2011

My industrial expertise is in building innovative, bespoke, wireless systems that require a balanced and holistic view of RF / Digital / DSP / Protocol aspects to achieve best partitioning for performance vs cost trade-off. Experienced in adapting COTS radio protocols and creating bespoke protocols. Experienced in hardware design for both high volume and low volume manufacture.

My reach extends from the pre-specification creation process, through all theoretical aspects of RF design, to the practical lab bench development and field test; all core to the creation of a mass producible item. I’m also experienced at talent identification and selection for developing high capability teams.