This research area looks at techniques and applications that use and propagate signals, and related research supporting future connected infrastructure.
Radio frequency (RF) and microwave communications research encompasses techniques and applications that use and propagate signals, and related research around wireless technologies in the context of communications. This area includes research relating to wireless broadband, satellite communications, cellular technologies and other mobile communications techniques supporting future connected infrastructure.
This area makes a key contribution to delivering the connectivity that will meet future data demands in an increasingly connected world. We want to maintain a strong portfolio of research in this area, while focusing on delivering impact and an improved balance of support across career stages.
Our aims for this research area are outlined below.
Testing in the real world
A portfolio in which researchers subject their experiments to realistic, real-world testing wherever possible. Experimental testing of theoretical results and simulations in radio frequency and microwave communications research can significantly increase impact and researchers should take advantage of opportunities for this.
Research applied to emergent technologies
Researchers considering emergent technologies requiring application of their research. There are expected to be many avenues by which this research area can have societal impact (for example in developing technology to connect sensor networks, and tools to enable the Internet of Things). In these cases, significant value can be added by tying programmes of work closely to use case examples. We expect the community to continue to reach out to collaborators and users in application domains to achieve this.
Collaboration across disciplines
Increased collaboration and community-building among researchers. By the end of the period, we hope to see more leaders developing who will work across discipline boundaries and set new directions.
Support balanced across career stages
A greater number of early career researchers, as part of a rebalancing of support across career stages.
This research area is expected to contribute significantly to the full realisation of 5G and to advances in telecommunications further into the future. We want to maintain the current strong portfolio of project partners and interaction with users to achieve this. However, researchers should continue to develop concepts and technologies that are forward looking and that may have an impact on a longer timescale.