26 May 2021 9.30am – 4.30pm Workshop Online

This University of Bristol led workshop, supported by DCMS and UK SPF, will focus on physical layer hardware technologies and architectures as well as new materials to enhance both spectrum and energy efficient of next generation networks.



Speaker and Institution

9:30 – 9:45


Overview of workshops

Matt Warman MP

Stephen Temple, UK SPF C2 and Surrey

9:45 –11:00

Session 1 – RF Transceivers & System Performance Enhancement

18 mins each inc Q&A

Spectral and Energy Efficient Radio Systems­

Linear & Power Efficient RF sub-systems

Advances in RF Planar Filter Technologies

Multiband Direct RF Sampling for 5G and Beyond MIMO Receivers

John Thompson, Edinburgh

Tommaso Cappello, Bristol

Jiasheng Hong, Heriot Watt

Tim O’Farrell, Sheffield

11:15 - 12:30: Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:10

Session 2 – Next Generation Massive MIMO & AI Driven Systems

18 mins each inc Q&A

Learning to Communicate

AI and Massive MIMO

Cell free MaMIMO

Self-supervised learning: the next challenge for industrial AI

Christos Masouros, UCL

Wael Boukey Hassan, Bristol

Alister Burr, York

Robert Piechocki, Bristol

12:30 – 1:15

Session 3 – Addressing the Digital Divide & Seamless Connectivity

20 mins each inc Q&A

Next Generation Converged Digital Infrastructure

Seamless Connectivity for All

Nick Race, Lancaster

Dimitra Simeonidou, Bristol

13:15 – 13:45: Lunch Break   

13:45 – 15:00

Session 4 – New Materials for RF Engineering

18 mins each inc Q&A

Frequency Reflective Surfaces

Looking at acoustic wave filters through an integrated photonic lens

New materials and geometries for next generation antennas

GaN Diamond for Efficient RF amplification

Yang Hao, Queen Mary 

Krishna Coimbatore Balram, Bristol

Alastair Hibbins, Exeter

Kevin Morris, Bristol

15:00 – 15:15: Break

15:15 – 16:15

Session 5 – Spectrum Sharing & Higher Frequency Bands

18 mins each inc Q&A

Spectrum Sharing - Database, Loans, Multiplexes and SDR for New 6G Opportunities

Enhancing Spectrum Sharing with Fixed Links

Sub-THz Antennas and Devices for 6G Communications

Bob Stewart/ David Crawford, Strathclyde

Simon Wilson, Bristol

Alexandros Feresidis/ Costas Constantinou, Birmingham

16:15 – 16:30: Discussion, Overview of next workshop


Workshop lead: 

Professor Mark Beach, Professor of Radio Systems Engineering, Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering Communication Systems and Networks, University of Bristol

The UK Spectrum Policy Forum (SPF) and DCMS are supporting a series of University-run workshops to showcase the current research projects having the best potential to address 6G wireless research priorities. Bristol, Surrey and Strathclyde have been selected to run the workshops but the intention is for these workshops to be a platform for all UK universities having relevant wireless research. Each hosting University has been entrusted by the SPF and DCMS to identify outstanding research projects from other Universities to showcase at their workshops. The output from this series of workshops will be a White Paper for the UK SPF to present to government that validates the research projects as relevant to UK 6G research priorities, identifies gaps, suggests opportunities for collaboration, looks at the adequacy of research funding streams and flag potential implications for 6G spectrum policy.

This event will be recorded. By registering you consent with your name, job title and organisation being included on the delegate list. The agenda is subject to change without notice.

Jo O'Riordan

Jo O'Riordan

Head of Spectrum Policy and Telecoms, techUK

Jo leads the work of the UK SPF, the sounding board to government and Ofcom on medium to long-term spectrum issues in the UK and supports the delivery of the Communication Infrastructure Programme.

Prior to her appointment in 2018 Jo held positions at Islington Council, the Industry and Parliament Trust, Inside Government, and most recently at Smart Energy GB in policy and public affairs role. Here Jo predominately oversaw the organisations engagement with MPs and local government alongside external speaking opportunities.

Outside of work Jo likes spending as much time as possible with her dog Fudge, as well as cooking, watching live comedy, and running (but not that far or that fast). 

[email protected]
020 7331 2191

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Julia Ofori-Addo

Julia Ofori-Addo

Programme Assistant, BSG, Central Government, Financial Services Team, Comms Infrastructure, techUK

Julia Ofori-Addo supports the Broadband Stakeholder Group, Central Government, Financial Services and Communications Infrastructure with administrative and event support, research and communication.

Julia is bilingual – German and English native. Prior to joining techUK, Julia worked as an IT Team Administrator at Interxion Ltd (data center) supporting and coordinating teams with the Incident Management Protocols (IMP), auditing and reporting procedures and processes and assisting senior management with various secretarial/administrative duties. She has exceptional experience in handling and updating in-house database systems and a proven track record of demonstrating strong interpersonal skills.

Julia is a graduate at the University of Kent with a BSc in Computer Science and Business Administration. In her personal time, she enjoys current affairs discussions, going to the gym and travelling.

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