Communication Systems and Networks

Organisation profile

Organisation profile

Modern communication systems and networks play a vitally important role in the energy, healthcare, transport, semiconductor and telecommunication sectors.

Recent surveys by a number of independent UK organisations have shown that communications is responsible for contributing some £139Bn to the national economy per annum across its application sectors. Importantly, the Communication Systems & Networks (CSN) Group has been at the forefront of world research and development for more than 25 years with many major technological achievements to its credit including:

  • Wireless LAN technology
  • Wideband CDMA for 3G,
  • SMART Antennas
  • Breast Cancer Detection
  • Smart Grid/Smart Metering
  • Sensor Networks
  • Wireless Network Coverage
  • CAD software
  • power efficient RF transmitters for Digital Video Broadcast (DVB)
  • cellular communications.

The Group continues to maintain its world-leading position at the cutting edge of communication technologies and their applications to sectors such as Energy, Healthcare, Transport or Telecommunications.

The Group’s pioneering research in single carrier multiple access schemes such as SCDMA has been adopted by industry and since led to several mandatory techniques being incorporated into the standards for LTE (4G) and LTE-Advanced. The breast cancer research undertaken by the Computational Electromagnetics team is presently undergoing clinical trials at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol and the RF team have recently set a world record with Toshiba Corporation (Japan) for power efficiency in highly linear RF power amplifiers, a result that will lead to a considerable reduction in CO₂ output globally and reduced demand for electricity from power stations as the technology is increasingly utilised. The reputation of the Group also led the Toshiba Corporation (Japan) to establish its Telecommunications Research Laboratory (TRL) in Bristol and to the formation of the spin-out Company ProVision Communications.

The Group is also a key member of the internationally acclaimed Centre for Communications Research (CCR) along with the Photonics and Vision Groups. The standing of the Group was also recently recognised when it was awarded the EPSRC UK Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Communications in competition with 9 other leading UK research universities. It has received many international awards and prizes for its research and enterprise. As might be expected, the Group has many international collaborations such as the World wide University Network (WUN) and is actively involved in Technology Strategy Board (TSB), EU and EPSRC projects.


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  • Alumni Foundation Postgraduate Travel Grant

    Patcharamaneepakorn, Piya (Recipient), Oct 2013

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  • EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellowship

    Klemm, Maciej (Recipient), 2009

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  • IEEE Best Paper Award

    Tassi, Andrea (Recipient), Mavromatis, Ioannis (Recipient), Piechocki, Robert J (Recipient), Nix, Andrew (Recipient), Compton, Christian (Recipient), Pooley, Tracey (Recipient) & Schuster, Wolfgang (Recipient), 1 Apr 2019

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