Vacancies: Research Fellow/Post-Doc Positions available, please contact if you are interested in PhD studentships and postdoctoral fellowships with the group in the area of signal processing for communications research.

The digital signal processing for intelligent systems and communications (SPCOM) group is involved in a range of research projects at the leading edge of advanced signal processing algorithms, information-theoretic studies, and real world effects with key applications in communications systems, remote sensing and Radar. Broader application areas are also addressed through the team’s involvement in the University Defence Research Centre. This group also strongly linked with University of Edinburgh IDCOM. Industrial collaborators include Bell-Laboratories, Alcatel-Lucent, Defence Science and Technology Lab (DSTL), European Space Agency (ESA) and QinetiQ.

The group is presently funded by EPSRC (EP/M014126/1) Large Scale Antenna Systems Made Practical: Advanced Signal Processing for Compact Deployments [LSAS-SP] and (EP/I037156/1) Physical Layer Network Coding for Wireless Networks (PLAN), Defence Science Technology Lab (DSTL) for Cognitive Radar, UKIERI (British Council) for implementation of cognitive radio and European Union Frame Work 7 project Advanced Dynamic Spectrum 5G Mobile Networks Employing Licences Shared Access (ADEL) and interference alignment.

Contact: Dr. Mathini Sellathurai


EM 3.24, 
Heriot-Watt University, 
Edinburgh, EH14 4AS

Strengths of the group lie in the following areas:

• Algorithmic digital signal processing, adaptive and statistical signal processing, Bayesian techniques, random matrix theory, coding theory, compressive sensing, FPGA and architecture

• Cognitive Radio Oriented Wireless Networks and Spectrum Sensing

• Interference Alignment

• MIMO systems, Precoding, massive MIMO, receiver signal processing, ESPAR antennas and analogue beamforming

• Iterative (turbo) detection and decoding

• Cognitive Radar, MIMO radar, waveform design, STAP and array signal processing

• Remote Sensing and compressive sensing

• Satellite Communications and dual-polarized channel characterisation

Completed Projects:

Ministry of Defence funded: UDRC programme for work on OFDM signal recognition/classification;

Wireless Fiber Systems to work underwater (sub-sea) communications;

EPSRC under EP/D07827X/1 for advanced signal processing techniques for multi-user multiple-input multiple-output broadband wireless communications (;

MIMO-RADAR and waveform agility to improve low elevation target detection (also partially supported by QinetiQ, Portsmouth);

Huawei technologies: LTE-A MU-MIMO Systems;

EP/G026092/1 for Bridging the gap between design and implementation of soft-detectors for Turbo-MIMO wireless systems; (;

EP/H012257/1 for Signal Processing Techniques to Reduce the Clutter Competition in Forward Looking Radar; (

“Cognitive Radio Oriented Wireless Networks (CROWN)”, EU-FP7 – FET-open scheme; Partners: QUB (UK), QinetiQ (UK), Intel Mobile Communications (France), EURECOM (France), Darmstadt University of Technology (Germany) and Athens Information of Technology (Greece); CROWN-233843, EU contribution 2.3 M€ [€488K to QUB], May 2009-April 2012.

Academic Members:

Postdoctoral Fellow and PhD student members

 Dr Pat Chambers: mm-wave communications and Spectrum sensing and management (DSTL funded)

Ms Rongrong Qian:ESPAR Antenna, beamforming, connected intelligence and networking,  and Interference Alignment (EPSRC funded)

Ms Ní Ms Fióna Mhearáin: Satellite Communications, precoding and dual polarized channel characterizations with European Space Agency

Mr George Tsistrakis: Cognitive Radar, Funded by DSTL

Mr Seksan Phonsri: Remote sensing and compressive sensing

Mr Ketpan Watcharapong: Passive Radar using OFDM signals

• Ms Heba Shoukry: mm-wave communications networks (partly funded by DSTL and HWU)

Mr Daykin Mathew, CDTAP TMVSE- Machine learning of an anatomical atlas for computed  tomography medical imaging (funded by EPSRC and Toshiba)

Please contact if you are interested in PhD studentships with the group.

Former Research Fellows

• Dr David Wilcox (currently at Camlin Technologies, UK)
• Dr Caijun (Tom) Zhong (currently Associate Professor at Zhejiang University, China)
• Dr Christos Masouros (Presently Lecturer with University College of London, UK)
• Dr Huiqin Du (currently at Jinan University, China)
• Dr Pei Xiao (Presently Lecturer with Surrey University)

Supervised PhD theses

• Dr Sajid Ahmed – Iterative receiver designs for OFDM-MIMO Wireless Systems 2007.
• Dr. Li Zhang, space-time coding for OFDMA, 2008.
• Dr David Wilcox –Waveform designs for MIMO Radar, December 2011
• Dr Sudharsan Ganesan – Relay and Cooperative Networks, April 2011.
• Dr. Ayse Kortun-Naci –On the Eigenvalue Based Spectrum Sensing Techniques in Cognitive Radio Wireless Networks, April 2012.
• Dr Md. Zahurul I Sarkar - Information-Theoretic Security in Wireless Communication Systems, Feb. 2012.
• Dr. F. A. Khan - Spectrum Sharing in Cognitive Radio Wireless Networks, Feb. 2012.
• Dr. H. Zhou - Interference Alignment in Cognitive Radio, Relay Channels, and Cellular Networks, November 2012.