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      Head of School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EEECS)

      Full Professor / Chair of Wireless Communications, ECIT/EEECS

      Managing Director / Co-Founder, ActivWireless 


      Professor William Scanlon has over 20 years of experience of leading and managing academic research (10 years as a full professor) and 10 years of industrial experience. He is currently Head of the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Queen’s, one of the largest and most successful business units within Queen’s University, Belfast. William has an excellent track record in research management and in the commercial exploitation of research, most recently as the Director of the Centre for Wireless Innovation (CWI), one of the three teams forming the unique innovation-focused world-class research environment of the ECIT Institute at Queen’s. CWI is already a leading 5G wireless team in the UK (measured by outputs, competitive, e.g. EPSRC, funding and awards and prizes) and one of the largest physical layer wireless academic grouping in Europe with ~60 PhDs, post-docs and PDRAs and 13 academic PIs.


      Research Interests

      Professor Scanlon is an expert in RF and microwaves, antennas and propagation, mobile communications, sensors and wearables. He has an internationally renowned academic reputation most notably in the area of wireless medical device communications. After starting his career in industry, Professor Scanlon has relished in leading and conducting research that is suitably balanced in terms of being both challenge-driven and motivated by curiosity and discovery to ensure maximum impact and economic benefit.

      Achievements and Distinctions

      • Recipient of the 2010 IEEE H. A. Wheeler Prize Paper Award for the best applications paper in IEEE Transactions Antennas and Propagation (IEEE-TAP)
      • Recipient of an URSI Young Scientist Award (1999)
      • Keynote speaker for International Symposium Antennas and Propagation (ISAP 2018)
      • Keynote speaker for 13th EAI International Conference on Body Area Networks (Bodynets 2018)
      • Keynote speaker for the IEEE Intl. Microwave Workshop Series on RF and Wireless Technologies for Biomedical and Healthcare Applications (2014)
      • Keynote speaker for the NATO Military Communications and Information Systems Conf. (2010)
      • Keynote speaker for the Intl. Conf. on Bodynets (2010)
      • Keynote speaker for the European Workshop on Conformal Antennas (2007)
      • Co-Chair of the International Workshop on Advances in Wireless Physical Layer Communications for Emerging Healthcare Applications at MobiHealth 2012
      • Co-Chair of the 2009 Loughborough Antennas and Propagation Conference.
      • Series Editor of the IET Book Series on Telecommunications and Networking (2012 - 2014)
      • Associate Editor of IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters (IEEE-AWPL)
      • Iaugural Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine (IEEE-J-TEHM)
      • Delivered the 2012 NATO International Lecture Series on Next Generation Communications. 


      Current Modules

      ELE2020 Signals and Communications

      Previous Modules

      ECS3003 Connected Health

      ELE8057 Telecommunication Systems

      ELE1016 Electronic Circuits and Devices

      ELE2022/ELE2032 Electronic Systems

      ELE2007 Communication and Information Systems

      ELE3002 Design Project (Telecommunications)

      ELE8060 MSc Project (Co-ordinator)

      205ELE314 Computer Communications

      205ESE203 Hardware / Software Co-Design

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