The Communications and Signal Processing Research Group is made up of over 75 staff, postgraduate research students and visitors, and has an international reputation in wireless communications and signal processing. Also, associated with the group is the York-Zhejiang Lab for Cognitive Communications and Green Radio, formed as joint venture between University of York and Zhejiang University.
The group's research strength in wireless communications lies in its capability to deal with several important layers of the protocol stack, from MIMO and signal processing techniques, resource and spectrum assignment, wireless ad hoc routing, through to system level design. It has specific expertise in unconventional or difficult communications environments, including satellites, HAPs, underwater communications, and in ad hoc and heterogeneous networks.
Our research is currently organised into six activity areas: Advanced Codes and Turbo Techniques, Cognitive and Green Communications, High Altitude Platforms (HAPs) and Satellites, Wireless Sensor Networks, MIMO and Spread Spectrum Systems, and Signal Processing for Communications.
The group also has a specialist Audio Lab which is concerned with understanding what gives a sound its naturalness, sound analysis and synthesis, and applications of audio and human perception of sound, particularly in three dimensions. This is complemented by activity in visual signal processing and pattern recognition.
In recent years it has held a diverse portfolio of grants funded by MOD, EPSRC, European Framework and industry. Current projects include FP7 ABSOLUTE, dealing with 4G communications for post disaster and temporary events, and FP7 DIWINE and EPSRC NetCom projects investigating physical layer network coding. It coordinated the €5.9M European FP6 CAPANINA project, which investigated broadband communications from aerial platforms, and included trials from a tethered aerostat, a stratospheric balloon, and a high altitude platform (HAP). CRG has extensive international connections, with formal memorandums of agreement with both academia and industry. It has a long history in participation in COST actions, including the management of COST 297, COST 2100, and a participant in COSTIC0902 and currently COST IC1004. It also instigated and now chairs the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) Cognitive Communications Consortium, which is made up of 90+ organisations worldwide. CRG has excellent computer simulation modelling facilities, including MATLAB and OPNET.