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1 May 2014

Innovations at the Centre for Wireless Research, University of Bedfordshire

Location: Meeting Room 10, 2nd Floor, JLB
Time: 14:15pm - 15:45pm
Speaker(s): Ben Allen - University of Bedfordshire

The Centre for Wireless Research at the University of Bedfordshire has been operational for three years with activity currently split between Luton and Milton Keynes. It consists of around 10 members of academic staff and 10 research students. Research spans the PHY and MAC layers of wireless communication systems. This seminar will present several technical innovations from the Centre for Wireless, University of Bedfordshire. These include a novel radio frequency energy harvesting technique, a concept demonstrator of an antenna array able to generate Orbital Angular Momentum radio signals and an investigation into effective ways of predicting white spaces in the radio spectrum as part of a cognitive radio system. BIO: Professor Allen received his PhD from the University of Bristol in 2001. In 2002 he joined Tait Electronics Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand, before becoming a Research Fellow with the Centre for Telecommunications Research, King's College London, London. In 2003, he became a member of the academic staff. Between 2005 and 2010, he worked within the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford. Professor Allen is widely published in the area of wireless systems and has an established track record of wireless technology innovation that has been built up through collaboration between industry and academia. His research interests include wideband wireless systems, antennas, propagation, waveform design and energy harvesting. Professor Allen is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the IET, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Senior Member of the IEEE. He is a Member of the editorial board of the IET Microwaves, Antennas, and Propagation Journal, BizTech Advisory Board member and mVCE Visions Group member. He has received several awards and was a visiting Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand in 2012.

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