About us

WORIC is a result of the merger of the Radio Wave Propagation and System Design Unit (RPSD) and the Optoelectronic Research and Innovation Centre.

Both units have a reputable track record in research, development, spin-offs, patents and innovations. As a result of joining forces we bring together strong, complimentary skills that address the Digital economy and Life Science fields.

By leveraging off the key skills within this larger centre, the focus and impact of the combined teams can be optimised with the view of successfully delivering large new key research projects and undergraduate and postgraduate training.

Members of WORIC – rated grade 4 in the RAE 2008 – have worked on various research projects comprising analytical and experimental studies. These have addressed radiowave propagation, radio system planning and wireless channel characterisation, for applications in future generation fixed and mobile communication networks.

The optoelectronic research has addressed important problems in various research fields such as:

  • Lasers
  • Metrology
  • Energy
  • Biphotonics
  • Telecommunications
  • Metamaterial
  • Plasmonics

Key work

Wireless and optoelectronic activities are directed at:

  • Measurements and modelling of radiowave propagation on fixed and mobile terrestrial networks at frequencies above 1 GHz.
  • Development of simplified and accurate prediction models required for the planning, design and installation of current and future radio systems.
  • Design and evaluation of novel antenna systems and novel electronic beam forming methodologies.
  • Design and development of next generation WLAN personal and mobile radio systems
  • Development of active meta-materials structures for wireless and optoelectronic applications.
  • Lasers, eg. pivot-point-independent mode-hop-free tunable laser, significantly enhancing frequency doubling efficiency by deploying narrowband multimode laser radiation.
  • Metrology, eg. Position sensing light curtain, accurate simultaneous 3D-coordinate measurement of multiple objects.
  • Energy, eg. efficient organic LED for lighting
  • Biphotonics, eg. Fat reduction using low-level light, retinal eye scanning using tunable laser, new techniques for LED endoscopic illumination
  • Telecommunication, eg. high speed UAV communications, all optical wavelength conversion
  • Metamaterial and Plasmonics, eg. coherence thermal light source

Find out more about our research projects.

Members of the research have published and presented a number of papers/patents and are committed to high quality research in a competitive, collaborative and inspiring atmosphere, with the aim of ensuring that research contributions of the unit remain relevant to the changing needs of radio communications and optoelectronics of the wider community in the twenty-first century.

Areas of expertise:

  • Measurements, channel modelling, RF predictions for indoor and outdoor environments*
  • Broadband fixed wireless access systems
  • Radiowave Propagation in and through vegetation at frequencies from 1 GHz to 65 GHz
  • Channel sounding techniques
  • MIMO and smart antennas
  • Antenna design and measurements
  • Software defined radio
  • Laser systems (e.g. tunable lasers, high power lasers ) design, implementation. and commercialization
  • Optical measurement system (e.g. 3D measurement, fiber sensors) design and implementation.
  • Optoelectronics-based medical instruments (e.g. fat reduction machine using laser and LED, light engines for endoscopy, retinal measurement device) design and implementation.
  • Telecommunication components (e.g. all optical wavelength conversion ) and systems (e.g. UAV communication ) design and implementation
  • Organic LED design and implementation.
  • Optical and Optoelectronics system modelling using Zemax, FDTD solutions, FEKO, VPI Photonics package and in-house software
  • Parallel computing for optical and electromagnetic system modelling