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Overview of Communication Technologies Research at the UK National Physical Laboratory

Monday 13 February 2017, 2.00PM to 15:00

Speaker(s): Dr Tian Loh, NPL


High bandwidth mobile communication is an essential tool for wealth creation. The rapid growth of the civil and commercial wireless communications market coupled with the desired to make optimum use of the available spectrum is driving research into development of affordable novel antenna technologies (e.g. smart antennas, electrically small antennas, body-worn antennas, massive multiple-input-multiple-output antennas, etc.) and novel material (e.g. metamaterials, etc.) and wireless communication technologies (e.g. mm-Wave, massive MIMO, etc.) being investigated. The advancement in these areas enable new applications been constantly developed where complex performance are often required. It is important to have a good understanding of the communication systems as these ultimately affect the coverage and reliability of the network radio links. This talk presents some research highlights in communication technologies carried out at the UK National Physical Laboratory (NPL). This includes electrically small antennas, smart antenna, wireless sensor networks, body-worn antennas, metamaterials, multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO), 5G communications, etc. This talk will cover also an overview of NPL as well as research and development for electromagnetic technologies and measurements at NPL.


Dr Tian Hong Loh joined the National Physical Laboratory in 2005 as Higher Research Scientist after receiving his PhD degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Warwick University, and been promoted to Senior Research Scientist since 2009. His responsibilities include carry out fundamental research and develop measurement technologies in support of the electronics and communication industry. He has been involved in bidding for and delivering several European Space Agency (ESA), European Association of National Metrology Institutes (EURAMET, under Horizon 2020), UK National Measurement Office (NMO), UK Technology Strategy Board (TSB), NPL Strategic Research (SR), NPL Strategic Exploratory Research (SR), and NPL-EPSRC Industrial CASE projects.
He leads work at NPL on applied and computational electromagnetic metrology research. He has authored and co-authored over eighty refereed publications and hold five patents. He is currently visiting industrial fellow at Cambridge University, visiting reader at Surrey University, visiting senior lecturer at Queen Mary University of London, Committee member of UK URSI Commission A (Electromagnetic Metrology), project coordinator of an EURAMET EMPIR project on ‘Metrology for 5G Communications’, member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He is an associate editor of IET Communications Journal and the TPC chair of IEEE iWEM 2017. He has also focus session, acted on the technical programme committee for several international conferences, and as technical reviewer for several international journals and new book proposals on these subjects. His current research interests include metamaterials, computational electromagnetics, small antennas, smart antennas, electromagnetic compatibility, body-centric, wireless sensor network, MIMO, and 5G communications.

Location: PT006

Admission: Free


Telephone: 4485

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