Dr. Paul Mitchell  MEng, PhD, PGCAP, Senior MIEEE, MIET, FHEA

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Email: paul.mitchell@york.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 2415
Fax: +44 (0)1904 32 2335

Research Area: Communication Technologies Research Group

Areas of Expertise:  Wireless Communications, Underwater Networks, Medium Access Control, Routing, Cognitive Radio, Wireless Sensor and Ad Hoc Networks, Satellite Systems, Queuing Theory, Mobile Communication Systems, Traffic Modelling

Biography

Biography

Dr Paul Mitchell has been an academic at the University of York since 2005. He has over 19 years research experience in wireless communications, and industrial experience gained at BT and DERA (now QinetiQ). Primary research interests lie in underwater acoustic communication networks, terrestrial wireless sensor networks, and communication protocols; including the development of novel medium access control and routing strategies. The application of machine learning to such distributed communication problems is of particular interest. Other related interests include cognitive radio, traffic modelling, queuing theory, satellite and mobile communication systems. He has secured £1.7M and €4.6M research funding as PI/CI, and is currently a lead investigator on EP/P017975/1 and a co-investigator on EP/R003297/1 and H2020 5G-AURA. Dr Mitchell is an author of over 110 refereed journal and conference papers and has served on numerous international conference programme committees including VTC and ICC. For example, he was general chair of the International Symposium on Wireless Communications Systems in 2010 and Track Chair for VTC in Spring 2014. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of the IET Wireless Sensor Systems journal and as a founding member of the editorial board for the Sage International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks. Dr Mitchell is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a member of the IET.

Publications

Publications

Publications information is available via the York Research Database

Teaching

 

Taught Courses

Dates

Course Title

Role

Year

2002 - 2009

Small Terminal Satellite Communications

Guest Lecturer

CPD

2005

Wireless Information Systems

Lecturer

CPD

2005 - 2012

Communications ECAD

Course leader

3rd / MSc

2006 - 2008

Emerging Technologies

Lecturer

MSc

2006 - 2008

Management & Quality

Lecturer

MSc

2007 - 2012

Communication Systems

Course leader

3rd / MSc

2009 – 2015
2017

Introduction to MATLAB

Course leader

MSc

2010

York - Zhejiang Summer School

Guest Lecturer

Postgrad

2012 – 2015

2017 - present

Mobile Communication Systems

Course leader

3rd / MSc

2015 – 2016

Links, Networks and Protocols

Course leader

1st

2018 - present

Communication systems

Course leader

3rd

 

Administrative Roles

Dates

Role

2003 - 2006

Webmaster for the Communications Research Group Website

2005 - 2009

Postgraduate Applications for Research Degrees - Group Coordinator

2006 - 2009

MSc in Communications Engineering - Project Coordinator

Feb 2008 - Feb 2010
Mar 2012 – Sep 2012

Chair, Staff Student Liaison Committee

Feb 2008 - Feb 2010

Mar 2012 – Sep 2012

Feedback Coordinator

Mar 2010 - Feb 2012

Chair, Board of Studies

Mar 2012 - Sep 2012

Academic Secretary to the Board of Studies

Oct 2013 – Sep 2016

Oct 2017 - Sep 2018

MSc Project Coordinator

Apr 2014 – Sep 2015

Deputy Programme Leader – MSc DSP

Oct 2014 – Sep 2016

MSc in Communications Engineering – Programme Leader

Oct 2014 – Sep 2016

Oct 2017 - Sep 2018

Communications Stream Leader

 

Departmental and University Committee Memberships

Dates

Committee

Feb 2008 - Sep 2012

Board of Studies Executive Committee

Feb 2008 - Sep 2012
Oct 2014 – Sep 2016

Departmental Teaching Committee

Feb 2008 - Sep 2012
Oct 2014 – Sep 2016

Departmental Course Review Committee

Feb 2008 - Sep 2012

Departmental Staff Student Liaison Committee

Aug 2009 - Jul 2012  University Senate
Aug 2009 – Jul 2012 University Court

Mar 2010 - Feb 2012

Departmental Management Team

Mar 2010 - Feb 2012

Industrial Advisory Committee

Mar 2010 - Feb 2012

Departmental Laboratories Committee

Mar 2012 - Sep 2012

Departmental Graduate School Committee

Mar 2012 – Sep 2016

Departmental Mitigating Circumstances Committee

Feb 2014 – Sep 2016 

Member of the Clean Room Steering Committee 

Oct 2015 - Sep 2016

Member of Departmental Research Committee

May 2016 - present

Member of the Communication Technologies Group Executive Committee

Oct 2017 - Sep 2018

Member of the Exceptional Circumstances Committee

Research

Research Focus

I am a member of the Communications Technologies Research Group and lead our research on underwater acoustic communication networks, terrestrial wireless sensor networks, and communication protocols, focusing on the design and development of intelligent protocols for medium access and routing. I work closely with colleagues who have expertise in other relevant areas.

Current research focuses on the development of techniques to enable wireless sensor and ad hoc networks to intelligently self-organise in a fully distributed manner, in response to spatial and time varying environmental conditions. Underwater acoustic networks are of particular interest and represent a huge challenge owing to the rapidly varying propagation conditions and constraints of both long and variable propagation delay. For terrestrial systems, we are interested in the challenges associated with large scale deployment of wireless sensors for Internet of Things applications. We are applying artificial intelligence techniques to the problems of interference management and medium access control. This work is intended to significantly enhance the flexibility with which wireless devices can be deployed and adapt in challenging environments. Machine learning is of particular interest, where individual processing nodes learn how to share common spectrum from their prior interactions with the wireless (acoustic or radio) environment. A good example is the application of Q-learning to the medium access control problem in wireless sensor networks. It has been shown that simple learning algorithms allow nodes to learn conflict free transmission times on a shared frequency channel from an initial random access strategy. The resulting capacity of the networks can approach the theoretical maximum without the need for centralised coordination and with much lower overheads and complexity than distributed scheduling algorithms.

We are developing low-complexity protocols and algorithms for hardware implementation, backed up by simulation and mathematical models where appropriate. Environmental monitoring applications are of particular interest for practical demonstration of our research ideas, where we are studying the use of wireless sensor networks for underwater applications, acoustic species identification, tree health and pollution monitoring.

Example Research Projects

  • Communications from aerial platform networks delivering broadband communications for all (Contributor to the work programme, Funded under the EU Framework 6 Programme)
  • Energy-efficient medium access control for wireless sensor networks realised through aerial platforms (Principal Investigator, Funded by EPSRC)
  • Towards a wireless aircraft (Contributor to the work programme, Funded by the EPSRC-BAE Systems Flaviir Programme)
  • Cognitive routing for tactical ad hoc communications (Co-Investigator, Funded by the Ministry of Defence Centre for Defence Enterprise)
  • Sounds Different - Self optimising acoustic sensing (Co-Investigator, EPSRC Institutional Award)
  • Cutting-edge approaches for pollution assessment in cities (Co-Investigator, Funded under the EU Framework 7 Programme)
  • Application-aware user-centric programmable architectures for 5G multi-tenant networks (Co-Investigator, Funded under the EU Horizon 2020 Programme)
  • Advanced clustered multi-hop wireless sensor networks (Principal-Investigator, Funded by industry)
  • Nigeria-HAP: Scoping study for low-cost, high reliability wireless broadband delivery to Nigerian rural communities using high altitude platform and terrestrial infrastructures powered by renewal energy (Co-Investigator, Funded internally by EPSRC)
  • CHAPA – Centre for High Altitude Platform Applications (Co-Investigator, Funded internally by EPSRC
  • USMART – smart dust for large scale underwater wireless sensing (Principal-Investigator, Funded by EPSRC)
  • Resilient aerial platform communications (Co-Investigator, Funded internally by EPSRC)
  • Heterogeneous wireless mesh communications for rural or remote communities using high altitude platform, low altitude platform and terrestrial infrastructure (Co-Investigator, Funded by industry)
  • Full-Duplex for underwater acoustic communications (Principal-Investigator, Funded by EPSRC)
  • Enhancing collaboration in sustainable wireless communication networks (Co-Investigator, Funded internally by EPSRC)
  • Distributed beamforming antenna testbed at millimetre wave band (Co-Investigator, Funded internally by EPSRC)

Research Students

Current PhD Students:

Aliyu Ahmed, Ibrahim, Bala, Alhassan, Steve Arum, Arnold Chau, Wael Gorma, Mahmudul Haque Kafi, Sunghyun Park, Muhammad Zakaria

Former PhD Students:

Mohammed Baz, Lawal Mohammed Bello, Jingxin Chen, Yi Chu, Abimbola Fisusi, Xinwei Fang, Jenny Michel Fawzy, Bo Han, Yunbo Han, James Harbin, Thomas Hesketh, Tao Jiang, Ruofan Jin, Selahattin Kosunalp, Kunyoung Lee, Li Liao, Haibin Li, Hengguang Li, , Zhehan Li, Pairoj Likitthanasate, Yiming Liu, Yuming Lu, Tautvydas Mickus, Jian Qiu, Tong Wang, Yan Yan

Former MSc by Research Students:

Linjun Dong, Elizar Elizar, Yuci Gou, Haopeng Li, Zhongwei Sun, Yuhai Wang, Zhe Yang

Facilities

To support the underwater networking activities, we have a number of acoustic modems and processing boards for practical experimentation. For the terrestrial wireless sensor network research activities, the group has a number of IRIS , MICA2 and MICA2DOT hardware development kits. Riverbed Modeler and MATLAB are available for protocol simulation and to support mathematical analysis.  

External

Editorial Duties

  • Sep 2008 to Sep 2010 - Guest Editor for IET Communications, Special Issue on Satellite Services, Applications and Networking
  • May 2010 to present - Associate Editor of IET Wireless Sensor Systems
  • Feb 2011 to present - Member of the Editorial Advisory Board for an IGI Global book on Using Cross-Layer Techniques for Communication Systems
  • Sep 2013 to Nov 2014 – Guest Editor for IEEE Sensors, Special Issue on Wireless Smart Sensors for Space and Extreme Environments
  • Nov 2014 to present – Associate Editor of the International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks
  • Apr 2015 – Guest Editor for IET Wireless Sensor Systems, Special Issue on Ubiquitous IoT for Wireless Sensor Systems
  • Apr 2015 – Guest Editor for IEEE Sensors, Special Issue on Internet-of-Things Wireless Sensor Systems
  • Nov 2016 – Lead Guest Editor for the International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks, Special Issue on The Medium Access Control Challenges in Energy-Harvesting Based Wireless Sensor Networks
  • Mar 2017 to present – Founder member of the Advisory Board for the International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks

Some Invited Lectures and Awards

  • 2002 - Invited to the University of Bradford to give a research seminar on ‘Medium access control for geostationary satellite systems’.
  • 2005 - Invited speaker at the Institution of Electrical Engineers to give a lecture on ‘Improved quality of service in future satellite systems through effective medium access control’.
  • 2009 - IET Best paper award for "Improvement in pre-partitioning on reinforcement learning based spectrum sharing", IET International Communication Conference on Wireless Mobile & Computing (CCWMC).
  • 2011 - Invited speaker at the European Microwave Conference to give a workshop presentation on ‘Medium access control for wireless sensor networks’.
  • 2012 - Best paper award for "ROLBPS - Runtime optimisation in WSNs for load balancing using pheromone signalling", IEEE International Conference on Networked Embedded Systems for Every Application (NESEA)
  • 2015 – Invited speaker at the Knowledge Transfer Network workshops on Wireless Sensor Networks in Urban Living and Health
  • 2016 - Invited speaker at the University of Loughborough to give a research seminar on ‘Intelligent medium access control for wireless communication systems’.
  • 2017 - Invited to IMT Atlantique to give a talk on wireless communications and underwater networking research.
  • 2017 - Invited to Xiamen University to give talks on intelligent medium access control and wireless communications and underwater networking research.
  • 2018 - Best paper award for "Performance of the ALOHA-Q MAC Protocol for Underwater Acoustic Networks," IEEE International Conference on Computing, Electronics & Communications Engineering (iCCECE)
  • 2018 - Best paper award for “CFDAMA-IS: MAC protocol for underwater acoustic sensor networks”, International Conference on Broadband Communications, Networks, and Systems (BROADNETS)

Conference Leadership and Organisation

  • 2004 - Session Chair at the Wireless Personal Multimedia Communications Conference
  • 2010 - General Chair of the International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems (ISWCS)
  • 2011 - General Co-Chair of the International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems (ISWCS)
  • 2011 - Special Sessions Chair of the International ICST Conference on Bio-Inspired Models of Network, Information, and Computing Systems (BIONETICS)
  • 2011 - Session Chair at the International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems (ISWCS)
  • 2012 - Divisional Officer on the Committee Steering Panel of the IET Wireless Sensor Systems Conference (WSS)
  • 2012 - Session Chair at the International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems (ISWCS)
  • 2013 - Workshop Organiser at the IEEE International Conference on Wireless for Space and Extreme Environments (WiSEE)
  • 2013 - Organised a Special Session at the International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems (ISWCS)
  • 2013 - Special Session Technical Programme Committee Track Chair at the International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems (ISWCS)
  • 2013 – Session Chair at the International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems (ISWCS)
  • 2013 – Member of the Programme Committee of the International Workshop on Engineering Energy Efficient WSNs (EEEWSN) at the IEEE International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications (AINA) 
  • 2013 – Member of the Organising Committee of the IET Secure Satellite Communications Conference
  • 2014 – Technical Programme Committee Track Chair (Satellite Networks, Positioning Technologies, Localization and Navigation) at the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (Spring)
  • 2014 - Member of the Programme Committee of the International Workshop on Engineering Energy Efficient WSNs (EEEWSN) at the IEEE International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications (AINA) 
  • 2014 – Workshop Chair for the International Conference on Wireless and Satellite Systems
  • 2015 - Steering Manager and member of the Programme Committee of the International Workshop on Ubiquitous Wireless Sensor Systems (UWSS) at the IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing (UIC)
  • 2015 – Co-chair of the Organising Committee for the Wireless Sensor Systems Workshop (WSSW) at the IEEE International Conference on Wireless for Space and Extreme Environments (WiSEE)
  • 2016 - Member of the Programme Committee of the International Workshop on Engineering Energy Efficient WSNs (EEEWSN) at the IEEE International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications (AINA)
  • 2017 - Structured Session Co-Chair on Underwater Communications and Networking at the Underwater Acoustics Conference & Exhibition (UACE)
  • 2017 - Publication Chair at the International Conference of Wireless and Satellite Systems (WiSATS)
  • 2017 - Track Co-Chair for the Radio Access and Softwarisation track at the EuCNC Conference
  • 2018 - Co-chair of a special session on Intelligent Transport Systems at the International Symposium on Communication Systems, Networks & Digital Signal Processing (CSNDSP)
  • 2018 - Member of the Organising Committee of the International Conference and Business Expo on Wireless, Telecommunication & IoT
  • 2018 - Special Session Technical Programme Committee Track Chair and Special Session Organiser at the International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems (ISWCS)

Conference Technical Programme Committees

I have served on the Technical Programme Committees of the following conferences:

  • IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM)
  • IEEE First 5G World Forum (WF-5G)
  • International Conference on Advanced Technologies Enhancing Education (ICAT2E)
  • IEEE International Conference on Communication, Networks and Satellite (COMNETSAT)
  • International Conference of Wireless Networks for the World Congress on Engineering
  • IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC)
  • IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC)
  • IEEE International Conference on Wireless for Space and Extreme Environments
  • IEEE Global Conference on Signal and Information Processing - International Symposium on 5G Satellite Networks: Signal Processing Applications and Challenges
  • International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems (ISWCS)
  • International Wireless Communications & Mobile Computing Conference
  • International Symposium on Wireless Pervasive Computing
  • International ICST Wireless Internet Conference
  • International Workshop on Cognitive Information Processing
  • International Conference on Communications, Circuits and Systems
  • International Conference on Telecommunications (ICT)
  • International Conference on Computer, Communication, and Control Technology (I4CT)
  • International Conference on Signals and Systems (ICSigSys)
  • International Conference on Electrical Engineering and Informatics (Icon EEI)
  • International Conference on Recent Advances in Signal Processing, Telecommunications & Computing (SIGTELCOM)
  • Mosharaka International Conference on Communications, Signals and Coding
  • Mosharaka International Conference on Communications, Networking and Information Technology
  • Wireless Days

Reviewing Activities

I have served as a reviewer for the following institutions, publishers, journals:

  • EPSRC responsive mode research funding applications
  • Leverhulme Trust
  • British Computer Society Distinguished Dissertations Competition
  • IEEE Senior Member applications
  • Served as a member of a Communications Engineering Review Panel for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council at the Academy of Finland
     ISTE Press
  • Wiley
  • Elsevier
  • Springer
  • IGI Global
  • CRC Press / Taylor & Francis Group
  • IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking
  • IEEE Access
  • IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering
  • IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
  • IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems
  • IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing
  • IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology
  • IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
  • IEEE Communications Letters
  • IET Communications and formerly IEE Proceedings
  • IET Electronics Letters
  • IET Microwaves, Antennas & Propagation
  • IET Networks
  • IET Wireless Sensor Systems
  • Elsevier Computer Communications Journal
  • Elsevier Computer Networks Journal
  • Elsevier Performance Evaluation Journal
  • Elsevier Sensors and Actuators A: Physical
  • ACM Journal of Wireless Networks
  • AIP Review of Scientific Instruments
  • Annales des Telecommunications
  • EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking
  • European Transactions on Telecommunications
  • Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines
  • International Journal of Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing (IJAHUC)
  • International Journal of Computer and Telecommunications Networking
  • International Journal of Technology Management (IJTM)
  • Journal of Computational Methods in Sciences and Engineering (JCMSE)
  • MDPI Computers
  • MDPI Sensors
  • Springer Computing
  • Springer Neural Computing and Applications
  • Wiley International Journal of Communication Systems
  • Wiley Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing

Served as a reviewer for the following conferences (outside TPC memberships):

  • IEEE ICC
  • IEEE Globecom
  • IEEE Personal, Indoor and Mobile Communications Conference (PIMRC)
  • IEEE Softcom
  • IEEE MASCOT
  • IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference
  • IEEE WRECOM
  • IST Mobile Communications Summit
  • International Workshop on Cognitive Networks and Communications
  • International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems
  • International Symposium on Wireless Pervasive Computing
  • Mosharaka Multi-Conference on Communications, Networking and Information Technology
  • International Workshop on Satellite and Space Communications
  • International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks
  • International Conference on Communications, Circuits and Systems
  • World Congress of Engineering - International Conference of Wireless Networks

 

 External Examining in the UK

Year

Student Name

Institution

2007

Xing Liang

University of Bradford

2011

Mario Diaz

Imperial College, London

2011

Evangelos Mazomenos

University of Southampton

2013

Imtiaz Rasool

University of Leeds

2013

Michael Breza

Imperial College, London

2015

Teng Jiang

University of Southampton

2015

Felicia Ong

University of Bradford

2017

John Martin

Open University

2017

Kok Poh Ng

Newcastle University

2018

Jinho Kim

University of Edinburgh

2018

Harith Kharuffa

University of Leeds