The CSN Group was formed in 1985 to address the research demands of the fixed and wireless communications sectors. It combines fundamental academic research with a strong level of industrial application. The Group has well-equipped laboratories with state-of-the-art test and measurement equipment and first-class computational facilities.
For more than 25 years the Group has worked alongside industry to develop and exploit key connectivity technologies. Examples include:
- Bandwidth efficient modulation & coding;
- Smart antenna solutions;
- Efficient linear power amplifiers;
- Flexible RF transceivers;
- High-throughput wireless LANs;
- Multiple antenna (MIMO) architectures & algorithms;
- Green radio.
The Group is particularly well known for its pioneering work in antennas & propagation (multi-element channel sounders and ray-based propagation models).
Current research addresses topics such as the Internet of Things (IoT), TV White Space, small-cell mmWave communications (backhaul & access), software-defined networks and the wireless/optical interface. These technologies are critical in the development of efficient and cost-effective 5G networks.
Expanding on its core communications expertise, the CSN Group has grown to address major societal themes such as healthcare (medical imaging, nano antennas & wireless sensor networks), transport (automotive & rail communications) and energy (ICT for smart grids & cities).
The CSN Group is led by Professor Andrew Nix and comprises 14 academics, 55 PhD students and 20 research staff.
More information is found in the CSN Leaflet (PDF, 195kB)
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