Dr. Simon Cotton


Reader and EPSRC/Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow

Photo of Simon Cotton E-mail: s dot cotton at ecit dot qub dot ac dot uk

simon dot cotton at qub dot ac dot uk

Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 1749
Room: 01/54 ECIT
The Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT)
Queen’s University Belfast
NI Science Park
Queen’s Road
Queen’s Island

Personal Profile:

Simon L. Cotton received the B.Eng. degree in electronics and software from the University of Ulster, Ulster, U.K., in 2004 and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the Queen's University of Belfast, Belfast, U.K., in 2007. Since graduating, Dr Cotton has worked as a Research Fellow and then Lecturer at Queen's University Belfast, where he has investigated mobile ad hoc networking of dismounted combat personnel, low power personnel and asset tracking using RFID and wireless control for future generations of Airbus aircraft. In April 2010 he was awarded a highly prestigious five year Research Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) to investigate next generation body centric communications. The RAEng Research Fellowship is hosted within the Wireless Communications Research Group of the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT), Queen's University of Belfast. Among Dr Cotton's research interests are millimetre-wave technologies for personal communications and novel applications of short-range radio systems. His other research interests include radio channel characterization and modelling for wireless body and personal area networks, measurements for transceiver diversity in bodyworn applications and simulation of wireless channels. He has authored and co-authored over 46 publications in major IEEE/IET journals and refereed international conferences, two book chapters and two patents. In July 2010, he was awarded the H.A. Wheeler Prize by the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society for the best applications journal paper in IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation in 2009. In July 2011, he was awarded the Sir George Macfarlane Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering in recognition of his technical and scientific attainment since graduating from his first degree in engineering. He was also awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in November 2011.

Research Interests:

Radio channel measurements, characterisation and modelling, body centric communications, mobile-to-mobile communications. 

Teaching: Embedded Systems (ECS1001)
Responsibilities: ECIT Marketing Committee, Personal Tutor

Member IEEE, Member IET, Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE AWPL, IEEE Communications Letters.


Book Chapters

  1. W. G. Scanlon, S. L. Cotton & N. E. Evans,
    Antennas and propagation for telemedicine and telecare - on-body systems,
    Chap. 8 in Antennas and Propagation for Body-Centric Wireless Communications, 2nd Edition, eds. P. S. Hall & Y. Hao, Artech House, Norwood, MA, pp. 293-324, 2012.

  2. S. L. Cotton & W. G. Scanlon,
    Channel modelling of narrowband body centric wireless communications systems,
    Chap. 11 in Wireless Body Area Networks - Technology, Implementation and Applications, eds. M. Yuce & J. Khan, Pan Stanford, Singapore, pp. 323-348, 2012.


  1. W. P. L. Cully, S. L. Cotton & W. G. Scanlon,
    Empirical performance of RSSI-based Monte Carlo localisation for active RFID patient tracking systems,
    Intl. Jnl. Wireless Information Networks, Special Issue: Wireless Technologies in Healthcare, vol. 19, 3, pp. 173-184, 2012.

  2. S. L. Cotton & W. G. Scanlon,
    Using smart people to form future mobile wireless networks,
    Microwave Journal, Vol. 54, 12, pp. 24-40, Dec. 2011. [Invited cover feature]

  3. S. L. Cotton, W. G. Scanlon, E. Skafidas & B. K. Madahar,
    Millimeter-wave stealth radio for special operations forces,
    Microwave Journal, Military Microwaves Supplement, vol. 53, 8, pp. 6-16, Aug. 2010.

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