Research group

Next Generation Wireless

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The group researches the next generation of wireless communications systems and their components to transform our communications systems.


As mobile speech and data communications have become part of everyday life, the research group plays an important role in advancing the technologies needed to take next steps in wireless communication.

As part of the Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) department at the University of Southampton, our research themes include:

  • bio-inspried wireless
  • coding and modulation
  • cooperative communication
  • joint algorithm/hardware design
  • machine-to-machine communication
  • millimetre wave communication

Our long-term focus is on communications and information theory. This provides ideas for more short-term, applied research, while appealing to industrial partners across the globe.

Having completed a range of studies related to the current operational wireless systems and their components, the group’s research activities have now progressed to the next generation of wireless communications systems and their components.

The group is also involved in the European Networks of Excellence Newcom and the Virtual Centre of Excellence (VCE) in mobile communications.

Research highlights

People, projects and publications


Dr Chao Xu


Research interests

  • Index modulation,
  • Reconfigurable intelligent surfaces,
  • Optical wireless and quantum communications
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Professor Lie-Liang Yang BEng MEng PhD, FIEEE, FIET

Professor of Wireless Communications
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Professor Michael Ng PhD, BEng, CEng, FHEA, SMIEEE, FIET

Professor of Next Generation Comms

Research interests

  • Next-generation wireless transmissions
  • Quantum communications and detection
  • Channel coding and modulation
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Professor Mohammed El-Hajjar


Research interests

  • Millimeter wave (mMWave) wireless communications and positioning
  • Energy efficient, low-complexity, high-performance Transceiver design
  • MIMO

Accepting applications from PhD students

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Professor Rob Maunder PhD, CEng, FIET, SMIEEE, SFHEA

Prof of Electronics & Computer Science

Accepting applications from PhD students

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Professor Sheng Chen FREng, FIEEE, FAAIA, FIET, CEng, DSc, PhD, BEng

Professor in Electronics & Comp Science
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Mrs Zeynep Kaykac Egilmez

Research Fellow
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More sophisticated ‘tele-presence’ services require a quantum leap in research if we are to move forward from mobile phone technology.
Professor of Communication