MSc projects

Communication laboratory where MSc students are getting practical exercise

Our Communication Engineering MSc students can choose from a wide range of high quality project topics covering almost all aspects of microwave and communication systems engineering including theoretical analysis as well as experimental and hardware prototyping and testing. A large percentage of our projects are sponsored by industrial partners such as VodafoneBBC and HMGCC

Although the project selection, allocation and feasibility study start at the beginning of the second semester in February of each academic year, the students are expected to work fulltime on their projects immediately after finishing their final exams in May. The students are expected to complete their projects by September when they will also have to submit their final report.

Below is a selected list of some of current and previous projects by subject area:

  • Communications

    • Green Communication-Energy Efficient Mobile Network
    • Cognitive Radio-Efficient Spectrum Usage
    • Wireless Gigabit- Ultra High Data Rate Communication
    • Multi-hop MIMO communications
    • Uplink synchronisation techniques for DS-CDMA systems using orthogonal codes
    • Pilot-based channel estimation for OFDM systems
    • Adaptive coding for PAPR reduction in OFDM systems
    • Mesh generation for FD-FDTD
    • Wireless Sensor Network Projects for MSc in Communications Engineering
    • A Wake-Up Radio for Wireless Sensor Networks
    • Link layer protocols for ultrasonic, short-range, underwater communication
    • Implementation of a low-power wireless network node for use in environmental monitoring
    • Single and multiple millimetre wave scattering
    • Cooperative MIMO techniques for Wireless Sensor Networks
    • Digital beamforming array antennas for Ultra Wide Band communications
    • Cellular communications with MIMO Relay
    • Bi-directional cooperative MIMO systems
    • Cooperative interference detection technique for Cognitive Radio
    • A comparative study of cooperative MIMO and relay techniques for future communication systems
    • A comparative study of channel estimation techniques for WiMax networks
    • A comparative study of multiuser detection receivers for UMTS networks
    • An investigative study of ON-OFF keying OFDM systems in frequency selective channels
    • A hardware design and implementation of a Binary Frequency Shift Keying (BFSK) modulator-demodulator
    • Frequency Assignments in Wireless LANs with Partially Overlapped Channels
    • Mobile-to-Mobile Communication Systems
    • Performance Analysis of Ad-hoc Wireless Networks based on OFDMA
    • Positioning using Ad Hoc Networks
    • Link layer protocols
    • A Wake-Up Radio for Wireless Sensor Networks
    • Link layer protocols for acoustic, short-range, underwater communication
    • Acoustic spread spectrum communication demonstrator
    • Very low frequency radio receiver
    • 3 – 30MHz radio spectrum measurement system
    • The application of low-power wireless networks to wide-area distributed audio systems
    • Optical communication interface for induction motor instrumentation
    • 2.4GHz ISM band hand-held spectrum analyzer
    • Automatic Morse code reader
    • Practical measurement of the data throughput of 2.4GHz Zigbee networks
    • Advanced mobile network self-management techniques for the optimization of network performance and quality of service (Vodafone sponsored)
    • Benchmarking of Mobile Terminal Positioning Techniques (Vodafone sponsored)
  • Microwave

    • Mesh generation for FD-FDTD
    • Mutual Information “Decoder” for Investigating Neuronal Responses
    • TeraHertz sources for Space and Security applications
    • Broadband Small Signal Microwave Amplifier Design
    • Microwave Local Positioning System
    • Modelling of Left-handed Metamaterial for RF Applications
    • Microwave Flowmeter
    • Evaluation of Artificial Lines
    • S Parameter Test Set Using an ATL
    • Complex Permittivity of Fried Potato Slices
    • Design and Construction of an X-Band Ferrite Phase Shifter
    • A Coaxial Cell Material Measurement System
    • Microwave Profiler
    • Design and modelling of optical amplifiers
    • Multilayer CPW Circuits modelling
    • Optically controlled photo-HBTs
    • Development of Macro Models for 3D MMICs
    • Design and evaluations of compact filters
    • Noise Characterisation of large gate peripheries for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) (Lab-based)
    • Design of MMIC ultra low noise amplifiers (PC-based)
    • Investigation of differential low noise amplifier noise measurements (Lab-based)
    • Measurement of low noise InP MMIC (Lab-based)
    • Development of analytical program test suite (PC-based)
    • Design of a Wideband LNA for Nanosats Downlink
    • Direct-Digital RF Modulator Based on CMOS Technology for Cognitive Radio Transceiver
    • On the Investigation of Spectrum Sensing Techniques in Cognitive Radio Network
    • Realization of Novel Compact Pi Structure Dual Band Transformer
    • On the Investigation and Simulation of MIMO Antennas for 60 GHz Home Wireless Network Applications
    • L – S Band Tunable Filter Design and Realization
    • Microwave Transceivers and Their Application in Multi-channel Propagation Characterisation
    • Electromagnetic Tomography
    • Microwave Doppler Flowmeter
    • Modelling of Dielectric Resonator Antennas
  • Signal Processing

    • Real time implementation of adaptive filters using digital signal processors
    • Real time implementation of inverse (deconvolution) filters using digital signal processors
    • Wireless control of real time digital signal processing systems
    • Real time synthesis of plucked guitar string sounds
    • Independent component analysis for speaker identification
    • Digital implementation of a lock-in amplifier
    • Audio Visualisation: Development of Advanced Discriminators (BBC sponsored)
    • Song Lyric Recognition (BBC sponsored)
    • Modelling of Speech for Enhancement Purposes (BBC sponsored)
    • Detection of Technical Problems during Video Capture (BBC sponsored)
    • Automatic Detection of Identical Content from Different Angles (BBC sponsored)
    • The Human Perception of High Frame Rate Television (BBC sponsored)
    • Visibility of Colour Differences (BBC sponsored)
  • Various

    • Designing a wind-turbine to minimize the impact on civilian radar
    • Frequency selective walls  for interference suppression in buildings
    • Meshing your body
    • Efficient data collection by a host
    • Debye media parameter setting for human tissues
    • The shape of your heart
    • Deformation of your heart
    • Beef-up your body
    • Propagation modelling in the heart
    • Neural Decoder" for Large Scale Population Neuronal
    • Quasi Phase Matching using Aperiodic lattices within a THz QCL
    • Processing of TDOA Data to Determine Position in a Wireless Sensor Network
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