Prof. William Scanlon


Director of Research, Wireless Communication Systems Cluster

Photo of William Scanlon E-mail: w dot scanlon at qub dot ac dot uk

Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 1877 / 4018
Room: R/104 ECIT
The Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT)
Queen’s University Belfast
NI Science Park
Queen’s Road
Queen’s Island
Sonic Arts and Computer Science Research Centre

Personal Profile:

William G. Scanlon received the B.Eng. degree in electrical engineering (first-class honours) by part-time study and the Ph.D. degree in electronics (specializing in wearable and implanted antennas) from the University of Ulster, UK in 1994 and 1997, respectively.

He was appointed as Lecturer at the University of Ulster in 1998, then Senior Lecturer and Full Professor at Queen's University of Belfast (UK) in 2002 and 2008, respectively. He currently leads the Radio Communications research group at Queen's.

Prior to starting his academic career he had 10 years of industrial experience, having worked as a Senior RF Engineer for Nortel Networks, as a Project Engineer with Siemens and as a Lighting Engineer with GEC-Osram.

Prof. Scanlon's current research interests include personal communications, wearable antennas, RF and microwave propagation, channel modelling and characterization, wireless networking and protocols and wireless networked control systems. He has published over 150 research papers in major IEEE/IET journals and in refereed international conferences.

He served as a keynote speaker for the European Workshop on Conformal Antennas (2007). He will Co-Chair the 2009 Loughborough Antennas and Propagation Conference and he has acted as invited speaker and session chair at numerous other national and international conferences.

Prof. Scanlon received a Young Scientist award from URSI in 1999, and is a prolific reviewer for IEEE/IET journals and conferences and other major conferences. He is a member of the IEEE International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety (ICES) and the IASTED International Committee on Telecommunications.

Research Interests:

Wireless networks; body-centric communications;
radiowave propagation and channel characterisation;
compact and wearable antennas; RFID;
Secure localisation and tracking; telemedicine;
wireless networked control systems; bioelectromagnetics

Teaching: Signals and Communications Systems 2 (ELE2020)
Communications and Information Systems 2 (ELE2007)
Telecommunication Systems (ELE8057)

Director of Research, Digital Communications
Head of Wireless Communications Research Group
Chair of Cross School Education Committee (Assistant Director of Education)
Member of University Research Ethics Committee



  1. S. L. Cotton & W. G. Scanlon,
    Higher order statistics for lognormal small-scale fading in mobile radio channels,
    IEEE Antennas & Wireless Propagation Letters, in press, 2007.

  2. S. L. Cotton & W. G. Scanlon,
    Higher order statistics for the κ"μ distribution,
    Electronics Letters, in press, 2007.

  3. T. P. Deasy & W. G. Scanlon,
    or measurement: the effect of radio map creation on indoor WLAN-based localisation accuracy,
    Wireless Personal Comms., Vol. 42, 4, pp. 563"573, Sept. 2007. [doi: 10.1007/s11277-006-9211-x]

  4. A. D. Ball, N. E. Evans, S. J. Burgess & W. G. Scanlon,
    Head-SAR dependence on spectacle frame shape for operator of 450 MHz personal radio,
    Electronics Letters, Vol. 43, 20, pp. 1063"1065, Sept. 2007. [doi: 10.1049/el:20071497].

  5. G. A. Safdar & W. G. Scanlon,
    Improved power-saving medium access protocol for IEEE 802.11e QoS-enabled wireless networks,
    IET Communications, Vol. 1, 4, pp. 718"725, Aug. 2007. [doi: 10.1049/iet-com:20050429]

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