Centre for Wireless Innovation

A global leader in Physical Layer Wireless Communications

CWI is the UK’s largest research, development and exploitation base in physical layer wireless, and one of the strongest in Europe.

We have 60 scientists inventing underpinning technologies for Mobile, Medical and Space applications. Our work focuses on massive MIMO, mmWave cellular comms, retrodirective antennas, flat self-steered high gain active antennas (>24 GHz), secure and energy-efficient small cell networks, high-efficiency switched-mode power amplifiers, electromagnetic media, body-implanted antennas, 5G networks, IoT/Industry 4.0/C-V2X and 5G-V2X, next-generation EO satellites and implantable medical devices.

Mobile World Scholar Gold winner


UK-Vietnam IoT Workshop

CWI are hosting a workshop at ECIT on "Vertical IoT Solutions and its Applications in Smart Agriculture and Disaster Management".

We are now in a new era of industry: the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0), in which by 2020 about 50 billion connected devices will communicate over the Internet of Things (IoT). This in turn will transform our economy and society in many ways, especially in lower income countries such as Vietnam. We are delighted to host this workshop, supported by the Newton Prize 2017 and Research Environment Links grant, to address global challenges. The event will take place on 23-27 July 2018 at the ECIT Institute in Belfast, UK. Associate Professor Trung Q. Duong, Professor Roger Woods (Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, UK) and Dr. Nguyen-Son Vo (Duy Tan University, Da Nang, Vietnam) are coordinating the workshop and and will have contributions from other leading researchers.

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Innovate with a PhD at CWI

5G Networks

Are you interested in 5G networks? Apply to study a PhD in Wireless Communications at CWI!

If you have an MSc or MEng in Electronics, Maths or Physics, you could enjoy tackling challenges for future 5G networks, like our current PhD student Lei Zhang, who chose CWI to carry out research on The effect of the human body on mm-wave wireless channels for 5G networks.

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Satellite Communications

Are you interested in satellite communications? Do your PhD in Wireless Communications at CWI!

The space industry is experiencing a boom this decade. Going to Mars or to the Moon again? New satellites will need novel materials to transmit data back to Earth efficiently. See the research our current PhD student Sarah Clendinning does for the sector, and why she chose to do her PhD at CWI, on Resonant Frequency Selective Surfaces as Linear to Circular Polarisation Converters.

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Building advanced structures for spacecrafts

Find out how our researchers are advancing structures for spacecrafts

Communication technology innovations often start in the military world – think Radar or GPS - but sooner or later move into the real world. This is what happened to Electromagnetic Energy Absorbing Structures that our PhD student Gabriel Machado from Brazil is currently working on. Watch this short video to learn how he is pushing the barriers of physics to make the next generation of spacecrafts more efficient in their communications.

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Advancing medical communication networks

Our researchers are advancing medical communication networks

Implantable antennas for in-body communications are still an emerging technology and are very costly as they are designed and calibrated for every type of tissue. Matthew Magill, who is completing his PhD at CWI, has designed an antenna that can work in any tissue, thus making sensor systems implanted inside the human or animal body much cheaper. His work won him the accolade of “Mobile World Scholar” by GSMA, the global association of mobile operators, in February 2018!

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Join our Research Team


Completing a PhD is a highly rewarding experience.

At CWI you will have the opportunity to work with some of the most passionate researchers in their field. We are currently seeking applications for a variety of research projects. See our full list of PhD projects available in the link below.

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The lab can accommodate 60 researchers, students and engineers.

Executing a market driven, innovative approach, ECIT works closely with world-leading companies and entrepreneurs to establish the lab’s research objectives focusing on the future of a digital society. Welcoming the announcement of the new lab, Professor Vincent Fusco, Chief Technical Officer of ECIT and leader of microwave research at Queen’s University Belfast for over thirty years, commented: “This partnership with Queen’s University Belfast and Keysight gives us unprecedented measurement and instrumentation capabilities that will transform our microwave and millimeter-wave laboratories to advance our world leading research in this area.”

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A Queen’s University Researcher has been awarded the Best PhD award for 2018 by the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP).

Hien Ngo, a Lecturer at the CWI, worked for five years (2010-2015) to produce his thesis on Massive MIMO: Fundamentals and System Designs. Following a highly competitive selection process, Hien has been recognised for the high quality, strong citation indices, and wide adoption of his work in Massive MIMO.

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Research in Underpinning Communications Technologies


RF through Terahertz Circuits and Front-Ends

mm-Wave Cellular Communications

Antennas, propagation and applied electromagnetics

Retrodirective Antennas for Ground and Space

Communications theory and signal processing

Massive MIMO technologies for 5G and beyond

Sensors and sensing systems

Antennas & Propagation for Bodycentric Communication

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