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About

USW's Wireless and Optoelectronics Research and Innovation Centre has a reputable track record in research, development, spin-offs, patents and innovations for photonics, optoelectronics, optomechanics and telecommunication.

WORIC’s expertise in optoelectronics applies to many sectors: telecommunications, sensing, metrology, display, lighting and health. 

Our research projects cover laser, metrology, low carbon energy, biophotonics, metamaterial, plasmonics, nanophotonics, radiowave propagation, and wireless communication. 

We work collaboratively within the Faculty for Computing, Engineering and Science and across its Centres and disciplines. Members of WORIC recently worked with the Centre for Electronic Product Engineering (CEPE)  to deliver on an emergency Covid project to develop a ground-breaking oximeter.

What is more, WORIC initiated a Centre for Photonics Expertise (CPE), combining academic expertise from Bangor, Glyndŵr, Aberystwyth and USW, all seeking collaborations with industry, to address and resolve technical barriers.


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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 commercialisation
  • Optical measurement system (e.g. 3D measurement, fibre 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


Contact us

Professor Nigel Copner
Chair of Optoelectronics
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science
[email protected]
Telephone: (01443) 4 82539 


We can work with your business and organisation on collaborative research, industrial studentships; Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) and consultancy and training services. We also welcome applications for PhD or Masters by Research study in one of our areas of expertise. Please contact Professor Nigel Copner.


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