Research Themes in ICRC

The research themes of ICRC are all focused on Next Generation (NG) communications networks and services. Research projects span over the whole network protocol stack including:

I.Fixed and Mobile Application layer projects:

-IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) based Next Generation mobile and fixed application and service creation platform ( The project has formed the seed for the planned Centre of Excellence in Telecom Service Creation with full sponsorship from and France Telecom/Orange® and a number of other companies and SMEs);

-seamless mobility and service migration mechanisms for multimedia multicast over converged NG mobile networks;

II.Networking Layer project:

-an EPSRC supported project on multimedia multicast protocol development leading such activities within the EC COST290 Action (Al-Begain, UK representative to the Management Committee);

-Quality of Service routing; Ad hoc communication system development and deployment strategies for disaster recovery;

-3G/UMTS capacity and coverage optimization; This research has been the basis for a long term collaboration between ICRC and Malaysian Telecom resulting in the design of the deployment strategy of 3G network in Malaysia resulting in over £50K consultancy for the Centre.

-GPRS based Machine-to-Machine communications;

III.Physical Layer (Wireless Links, Radio Channel Characterisation and Photonics) projects:
-measurements and characterisation of indoor & outdoor radio channels at micro and milli-metre wave frequencies, wireless channel measurements and modelling of radiowave propagation through obstructed environment , vegetation and rain covering frequency bands of 1-65GHz;
-application of the Radiative Energy Transfer Theory (RET) and its discrete extension (DRET) to vegetation scatter and absorption. Broadband Wireless Access communications, array antenna modelling; for more information click here
-photonics based broadband smart antenna development for ultra wide band communications (UWB),
-Integration of microphotonics into wireless devices resulting in a Patent filed by Al-Begain in March 2007.
-wireless communications systems for in-body devices such as wireless video endoscopy leading a DTI consortium that comprises 5 industrial partners such as Zarlink Semiconductors, MediPlus Ltd and a Hospital with a budget of £2m.
-modelling and measurement for satellite communications in rainy and difficult propagation conditions,

IV.Performance evaluation projects: – performance modelling of modern communications systems and networks through analytical, numerical, statistical methods and simulations where ICRC hosts the office of the European Council for Modelling and Simulation (ECMS) and Al-Begain being elected as the Chairman of ECMS. Al-Begain is the General Chair of annual ASMTA conferences since 2003.