IDCoM Research Projects

Research Projects at the Institute for Digital Communications (IDCoM). You can search keywords within Project Titles.

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A systematic study of physical layer network coding: From Information-Theoretic Understanding to Practical DSP Algorithm Design

Dr Tharmalingam Ratnarajah

High spectral efficiency is the holy grail of wireless networks due to the well-known scarcity of radio spectrum. While up to recently there seemed to be no way out of the apparent end of the road in spectral efficiency growth, the emerging approach of Network Coding has cast new light in the spectral efficiency prospects of wireless networks [1]. Initial results have demonstrated that the use of network coding increases the spectral efficiency up to 50% [2, 3]. Such a significant performance gain is crucial for many important bandwidth-hungry applications such as broadband cellular systems, wireless sensor networks, underwater communication scenarios, etc.

ADEL: Advanced Dynamic spectrum 5G mobile networks Employing Licensed shared access

Prof Tharmalingam Ratnarajah

Based on the negotiation meeting held in Brussels on 24th July 2013 under the 'Seventh Framework Programme for Research of the European Commission',  ADEL's aim is to develop future heterogeneous wireless networks of  higher capacity and energy efficiency thus setting the road-map for the adoption of spectrum flexible broadband wireless systems by 2020.


FLITES: Fibre-Laser Imaging of Gas Turbine Exhaust Species

Professor Hugh McCann

The FLITES consortium aims to enhance turbine-related R&D capacity in both academia and industry by opening up access to exhaust plume chemistry with penetrating spatio-temporal resolution. This will underpin a new phase of low-net-carbon development that is already underway in aviation, based on bio-derived fuels, entailing extensive R&D in turbine engineering and combustion, and fuel product formulation.

GREENNET An early stage training network in enabling technologies for GREEN radio

Professor Harald Haas

Greenet is an Initial Training Network (ITN) Marie Curie project that is focused on the analysis, design, and optimization of energy efficient wireless communication systems and networks.

HARP: High capacity network Architecture with Remote radio heads & Parasitic antenna arrays

Dr Tharmalingam Ratnarajah

To bring distributed multi-antenna wireless access to reality by combining two powerful emerging technologies:

radio remote heads (RRHs), which allow for widely geographically distributed access via radio-over-fibre connections to a central base station; and electronically steerable passive array radiators – ESPARs, which provide multi-antenna-like functionality with a single active RF chain only
HIATUS: enHanced Interference Alignment Techniques for Unprecedented Spectral efficiency

Prof Tharmalingam Ratnarajah

High spectral efficiency is the holy grail of wireless networks due to the well-known scarcity of radio spectrum. The successive introduction of advanced communication techniques enabled by the massive increases in processing power over the last few decades has enabled a progressive rise in link spectral efficiency, which in emerging systems seems to be approaching its limits.

In-situ Chemical Measurement and Imaging Diagnostics for Energy Process Engineering

Prof Hugh McCann and Prof Walter Johnstone

The primary focus of the programme proposed here is to build across two universities (Strathclyde and Edinburgh) a world leading UK research, development and applications capability in the field of in-situ chemical and particulate measurement and imaging diagnostics for energy process engineering. Independently, the two university groups already have globally eminent capabilities in laser-based chemical and particulate measurement and imaging technologies. They have recently been working in partnership on a highly complex engineering project (EPSRC FLITES) to realise a chemical species measurement and diagnostic imaging system (7m diameter) that can be used on the exhaust plume of the largest gas turbine (aero) engines for engine health monitoring and fuels evaluation. Success depended on the skills acquired by the team and their highly collaborative partnership working. A key objective is to keep this team together and to enhance their capability, thus underpinning the research and development of industrial products, technology and applications. The proposed grant would also accelerate the exploitation of a strategic opportunity in the field that arises from the above work and from recent recruitment of academic staff to augment their activities. The proposed programme will result in a suite of new (probably hybrid) validated, diagnostic techniques for high-temperature energy processes (e.g. fuel cells, gas turbine engines, ammonia-burning engines, flame systems, etc.). 

MacSeNet: Machine Sensing Training Network

Professor Mike Davies

The aim of this Innovative Training Network is to train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early stage researchers (ESRs) in the research area of measurement and estimation of signals using knowledge or data about the underlying structure.

Massive MIMO for Future Wireless Communication Networks

Dr Tharmalingam Ratnarajah

The spectrum crunch is a global phenomenon, where wireless networks constrained by scarce spectrum resource cannot keep pace with the explosion in mobile broadband use, particularly at a time when smartphones and tablets are becoming even more prevalent and heavily used. Every new opportunity has to be maximally exploited to cope with this spectrum deficit and meet the demands of explosive broadband usage by pushing more data through existing spectrum. Massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO), an advanced antenna technology only developed in 2010 offers one such opportunity.

Optical Free-Space Backhaul and Power for Energy Autonomous Small Cells

Professor Harald Haas

The central aim of the project is the design of a novel simple structure for a communication base station. Its operation will be based on off-the-shelf optical components such as white LEDs, laser-diodes and photo-diodes.


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