Centre for Telecommunications Research
The Centre for Telecommunications Research (CTR) is a dynamic research centre, drawing talented researchers from the world over and reacting rapidly to the changing technological landscape. Some 50 researchers are currently working within the centre, including academic staff, research staff, research students, and visiting academics.
CTR is linking its research base to the wider economical implications of telecommunications technology. It is now widely acknowledged that the next generation of leaders in the complex environment of telecommunications will need to acquire strong business acumen, management and leadership skills. Leaders in this area will be responsible for driving the corporate vision of research and development activity as well as helping to lead engineering development strategies. Taught programmes associated with CTR therefore teach general management practices, theories and expertise that managers need to acquire in order to be effective in their roles.
The Centre initially focused on lower layer aspects of mobile/wireless communications systems, right down to microwave circuit design. Since the end of the 1990s, much work in the area of protocol creation and analysis has been successfully pursued at the Centre, establishing its strengths at a range of layers of the OSI reference model. The accumulation of comprehensive knowledge will therefore put the Centre in a strong position to contribute to all aspects of the creation of the universal communications systems of the future.
The Centre for Telecommunications Research (CTR) was created in 1994, giving greater recognition to the successful way in which communications research at King’s had been built up from 1986 to become a vigorous, internationally recognised Group. The CTR continued its initial success, and now has one of the most impressive records of highly-cited communications research and funding within the UK.
Since 2000 the CTR had a strong focus on mobility management for mesh and sensor networks (participating, for example, in the EU-funded project, IST-e-SENSE), cross-layer design and optimisation for wireless networks, cognitive radio and spectrum management (for example, participating in the Mobile VCE Core 4 Delivery Efficiency programme), reconfigurability and cognitive radio (participating, for example, in the EU-funded IST-TRUST, IST-SCOUT, IST-E2R and IST-E2RII projects), and distributed resource allocation, scheduling, routing and medium access control in multi-channel, multi-technology wireless networks with QoS provisioning (participating, for example, in the EU-funded IST-AROMA project). One current research area in the Institute is the applicability of relay-based concepts to wireless and mobile broadband systems. Recently, we have been first to propose the concept of distributed cooperative multi-stage relaying in the context of energy-constrained wireless networks.
As another mark of CTR's prestige, it has since the turn of the millennium been heavily involved within the UK’s “Virtual Centre of Excellence in Mobile & Personal Communications (Mobile VCE)”. It contributed to the Core 4 Ubiquitous Services and Delivery Efficiency Programmes, and worked within the Core 5 Green Radio Programme, which aims to reduce the energy consumptions of cellular mobile networks by a factor of 100.
Among its many other areas of involvement, CTR worked within the EU funded ICT-SELFNET project which aimed to design a self-autonomous network in context of future Internet, is currently participating in the ICT-ACROPOLIS EU “Network of Excellence” on Cognitive Radio and other advanced radio coexistence technologies, and is performing work under various UK funding council and industrial research grants.