The University of Sheffield

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

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  • The EEE Department at the University of Sheffield is respected internationally for its many important contributions in the field of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. The Department currently has 48 Academic/Academic Related staff, and 48 research staff. There is also a dedicated team of 25 technical and 23 administrative support staff and over 750 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The Department is organised into three research groups: Communications, Electrical Machines and Drives, and Semiconductor Materials and Devices.

  • The Communications Research Group has fifteen academic members and over 80 research fellows and research students. It has a current funding portfolio drawn from the UK Research Councils, the European Commission and industry. It is a member of the Mobile Virtual Centre of Excellence. The Group produces high quality research on wireless communications systems including antennas, RF circuit design, baseband signal processing, MIMO, medium access control protocols, radio resource management, HetNets and small cell architectures, energy efficient wireless communications, RF propagation and video coding. The Group supports two taught MSc programmes of study in Wireless Communication Systems and Data Communications, respectively.

  • The Group house five anechoic chambers including custom facilities for antenna characterisation at frequencies above 1 GHz, the characterisation of both low and high loss materials (for radome and RCS work), a fully polarimetric SAR imaging facility and one for very low RCS measurements. The chambers are complemented by computer controlled measurement instrumentation based on automatic vector network analysers, including the HP8510 and the HP8720. We also house a range of wireless transmission test bed facilities based on vector signal generators and analysers as well as a NI PXIe platform supporting a 2x2 MIMO capability. These test facilities allow the end-to-end evaluation of new coding, modulation and multiple access wireless communication schemes through hardware in the loop testing. The Group is supported by a number of high-end computational servers running CST Microwave Studio for EM modelling and MATLAB for communications systems modelling. The group also specialises in the modelling of cellular mobile systems and has developed proprietary software tools to support system level simulation and network planning.

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