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 efficiency of next generation networks.


Title, Speaker, Institution


Welcome: Matt Warman MP, Minister for Digital Infrastructure

Overview of workshops: Stephen Temple, UK SPF C2 and University of Surrey

9:45 –11:00

Session 1 – RF Transceivers & System Performance Enhancement

18 mins each inc Q&A

Spectral and Energy Efficient Radio Systems­: John Thompson, University of Edinburgh

Linear & Power Efficient RF sub-systems: Tommaso Cappello, University of Bristol

Advances in RF Planar Filter Technologies: Jiasheng Hong, Heriot Watt University

Multiband Direct RF Sampling for 5G and Beyond MIMO Receivers: Tim O’Farrell, University of Sheffield 


Coffee Break


Session 2 – Next Generation Massive MIMO & AI Driven Systems

18 mins each inc Q&A

Learning to Communicate: Christos Masouros, UCL

AI and Massive MIMO: Wael Boukley Hassan, University of Bristol

C-RAN, vRAN, O-RAN and Cell-free Massive MIMO: Alister Burr, University of York

Self-supervised learning: the next challenge for industrial AI: Robert Piechocki, University of Bristol

12:30 – 13:15

Session 3 – Future Network Architectures

20 mins each inc Q&A

Next Generation Converged Digital Infrastructure: Nick Race, University of Lancaster

Seamless Connectivity for All: Dimitra Simeonidou, University of 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: Yang Hao, Queen Mary University

Looking at acoustic wave filters through an integrated photonic lens: Krishna Coimbatore Balram, University of Bristol

New materials and geometries for next generation antennas: Alastair Hibbins, University of Exeter

GaN Diamond for Efficient RF amplification: Kevin Morris, University of Bristol

15:00 – 15:15


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: David Crawford, University of Strathclyde

Enhancing Spectrum Sharing with Fixed Links: Simon Wilson, University of Bristol

Sub-THz Antennas and Devices for 6G Communications: Alexandros Feresidis/ Costas Constantinou, University of 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

We thank all those who have helped us promote this series of events, including CW.

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.