DCIS Research Group

The DCIS group is co-led by Prof Jonathon Chambers FREng FIEEE DSc(Imperial) and Prof Mike Warrington FIET FHEA. The research activities of the DCIS group include digital and radio communications, together with intelligent sensing, in particular aspects related to embedded systems, signal processing and software engineering. We are also contributing to the three research themes of the Department in Biomedical Engineering, Energy and Transport, in terms of theoretical modelling and experimental evaluation, together with designing and prototyping of electrical and electronic devices and subsystems.

Currently, the group targets national and global challenges aligned with at least three of the Research Themes promoted by the College of Science and Engineering:

The DCIS group is an active member of the Space Research Centre, the Leicester Institute for Space and Earth Observation (LISEO), and the Energy Research Accelerator community.

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Current areas of activity include:

  • Wireless communications in the context of 5G and beyond; massive multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) techniques and cooperative diversity schemes; massive machine-to-machine communications and the Internet of Things; green communications and energy harvesting;  software defined networking and the tactile/skills Internet; and intrusion detection and cyber security.
  • Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, where the group has particular strengths in radio propagation, reliable embedded systems design (both software and hardware), real-time processing and fusion of multi-sensor data.
  • Space related activities include fault detection, isolation and recovery (FDIR) techniques for space-borne SRAM-based field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), intelligent processing of satellite and airborne imagery for earth observation, fault-tolerant distributed computing, wireless sensor networks, CubeSat design.
  • Space weather effects, with particular emphasis on radio communications with aircraft operating over polar routes
  • Energy related activities include the development of micro-grid energy systems with energy storage as part of the Energy Research Accelerator.
  • Modelling, simulation and design of high-reliability multiprocessor and multi / many-core embedded systems, reconfigurable system-on-a-chip (SoC) and network-on-a-chip (NoC) designs, development and verification of dependable software systems.
  • Modelling, materials characterization, and prototyping of superconducting machines and related technologies for aerospace propulsion, radiative protection, and the power grid sector. Resilience studies for the protection and integration of renewables, and the development of high-power rotary machines (motors and generators).
  • Dielectric and optical characterization of polymeric materials and composites, including theoretical and experimental studies on electrical treeing breakdown process, diagnostics and assessment of high voltage apparatus and insulation for the power sector.
  • Design, monitoring and modelling of Integrated power electronics systems and power semiconductor devices.
  • Computational neuroscience modelling, neuromorphic hardware implementation and chemical sensing for machine olfaction.

Research Projects

We are keen to lead or take part in collaborative research projects and consortia. Informal discussions can be initiated with either the co-Head of Group or any of the DCIS group members directly.

PhD applications

We welcome students to study for PhD degrees in any of our research areas. Informal discussion can be made with either the co-Head of Group or any of the DCIS group members directly. Details of our research topics can be found in the websites of DCIS group members.

For application procedure, contact Mrs Michelle Pryce mc41@leicester.ac.uk.

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