Expertise in Electronics, Communications and Electrical

Head of Division: Prof. Yichuang Sun

Group expertise

ECE has a range of expertise in electronics, communications, and computer engineering, including:

Radio and Mobile Communications

  • Wireless and mobile communications
  • MIMO and massive MIMO communications
  • Cooperative and relay communications
  • Cognitive radio communications
  • Energy harvesting communications
  • Software defined radio transceivers
  • RF and mmWave circuits and systems
  • Analogue and mixed-signal circuits
  • Mixed-signal test and fault diagnosis
  • EMC and antenna systems
  • Signal generators and spectrum analysers
  • Microprocessors/FPGA/DSP applications

Optical Networks

  • Optical/Wireless Convergence including Mm-Wave Transceivers for 5G RANs and Virtual RANs
  • PHY Layer Architectures, 40Gbps transmission and signal processing for NGPONs.
  • MAC Layer Protocols for Optical and Wireless Networks
  • Beamforming and Cooperative Uplink Inter-cell Interference (ICI) algorithms for 5G small cell deployments
  • Intelligent optical and wireless future transport networks
  • Wireless communication (5G+)
  • Satellite communication
  • Real-time communication protocol/algorithms prototyping

Power and Energy Systems

  • Intelligent control design for efficiency optimisation in the field of renewable energies systems
  • Modeling, optimisation and control of hybrid renewable energy system for residential/buildings and transportation
  • Power management of distributed energy systems and dynamic scheduling, optimisation and control of future smart grids
  • Power electronic interface of distributed energy systems to the grid

Information Engineering and Processing Architecture

  • Machine learning and signal processing for Speech and Audio processing
  • Machine learning and signal processing for Biomedical signal processing
  • Natural language processing
  • Human-machine interaction

Signal Processing and Biometrics

  • Face bio-metrics: recognition for authentication, de-identification for privacy protection
  • Security protection of bio-metric systems by combing authentication with de-identification
  • Combining Computer Vision and Deep Learning For Advanced Search, Retrieval, Annotation and Description of Visual Data
  • Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning for Advanced Human-Machine Interaction

Machine Vision

  • Computer Vision and Object Recognition
  • Signal processing algorithms
  • System-on-Chip custom computing with ARM based processors, DSPs, FPGAs and GPUs
  • Big data and intelligent systems
  • Intelligent transportation systems and vehicular traffic management

Smart Systems

  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Machine to Machine Communications (M2M)
  • Embedded Systems Design
  • Multi-platform Apps Development
  • Sensors and actuators
  • Computer, Network and IT security
  • Big data, Cloud and Service Aggregation

3D Visualization and Robotics

  • Stereoscopic 3D Visualization, Virtual and Augmented Reality,
  • Mobile VR, 360° Panoramas and 3D Image Processing
  • Computer Graphics and Immersive Games,
  • Immersive User Interfaces with Visual and Haptic Feedback,
  • Touchless Interaction with 3D Images
  • Robot Teleoperation and Mobile Platforms
  • Telemedicine and 3D Endoscopy


Our labs are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities right across our areas of expertise.

Examples of laboratories and laboratory equipment includes:

Radio and Mobile Communications

  • RF, microwave and EMC test and measurement equipment including network analysers
  • Software tools including Synopsis, Mentor Graphics, AWR, HSpice, Xilinx, Altera, Multisium

Optical Networks

Our research lab is equipped for research and consultancy projects in, Waveforms design for next generation converged optical/wireless networks, FPGA implementation of next generation transceivers, Radio over Fibre (RoF) for mm-wave, 5G link simulation and experimental evaluation, Virtual Photonic Simulation and experimental evaluation of 40G PONs, OPNET modelling of protocols and algorithms for next generation optical networks, System level simulation for interference mitigation in 5G RANs and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) application.

  • 12.5Gbps BERT + 6GHz-Multi-channel arbitrary waveform generator/analyser+ AWG that can generate 250MHz bandwidth.
  • 70km RoF testbed for the transmission of LTE and arbitrary waveform signals
  • High-bandwidth optical modulators and detectors + Low cost wide bandwidth VCSEL lasers
  • Virtex6 FPGA development boards + 5 GS/s ADCs/DACs + 1x16 (10G) PON test-bed capable to backhaul LTE
  • OPNET, VPI industrial standard simulators
  • Distributed Antenna System (DAS) up to 10km supporting 2G/3G/4G cellular technologies
  • SAT-IP servers for satellite over Ethernet transmission + Software defined network (SDN) using virtual switches and routers

Power and Energy Systems

  • Solar emulator (Magna XR, 8kW, up to 1000 V)
  • Wind turbine emulator (motor-generator set), 6.25 kVA with Ethernet+RS485 Gateway JBUS/MODBUS module
  • Variable speed inductions motor drives
  • Texas Instrument C2000 DSP boards (Concerto)
  • Solar micro inverter development kit (Texas Instruments)
  • Smart microgrid (under development)

Smart Systems

  • Research, Development & Knowledge Transfer in Connected Homes/Buildings, Connected Health, Connected Vehicles
  • Smart systems, Internet of Things (IoT), machine to machine communications (M2M
  • Embedded systems bespoke design and development
  • Prototype and High TRL level development
  • Computer, Networks, IT security, Multiplatform Apps development and integration
  • Big data, Cloud and Service Aggregation

3D Visualization and Robotics

  • Stereoscopic 3D Displays: 3x3m front-projected Wall Screen, 65'' Passive LED S3DTV, 28'' LCD S3D Monitors, Hi-Fr. 17'' 3D Laptop, 4 Oculus HMDs and z800 HMD, several Mobile VR Headsets, DLP 3D and Pico projectors
  • S3D Webcams, S3D W3 Fuji Cams, S3D Vi-Tech Cam, Creative Senz3D and ZEN-3D
  • Kinect, Leap Motion, Myo, Oculus and wireless Controllers.
  • 6-cams Optitrack Motion Capture system
  • High-end graphic PCs and Graphics Software (Unity3D, 3dsMax. Pinnacle 3D).
  • Mobile Robot Pioneer II, Sick 180 Laser system, odom, bumpers and US-sensors.
  • DF-Robot Mobile Platform with Laser, Bumpers, IR sensors and mini-gripper.
  • Novint Falcon haptic systems
  • 3D Endoscope prototypes (7mm and 3mm micro-cams)