This University of Surrey led workshop, supported by DCMS and UK SPF, will focus on energy efficiency, spectrum efficiency and coverage.

Workshop lead:

Professor Rahim Tafazolli FREng, Head of the Institute for Communication Systems (ICS), Regius, FREng, FIET, WWRF Fellow, University of Surrey


Title, Speaker, Institution


Welcome Speech,

6GIC Vision and Overview of the workshop: Prof Rahim Tafazolli


Dr Mike Short CBE, Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for International Trade and Visiting professor, The University of Surrey

UK capabilities: Looking  back to look forward

Joe McGeehan, Emeritus Professor, The University of Bristol

Introduction of 6G requirements (6GIC Vision) and Workshop objectives

Rahim Tafazolli, 5G/6GIC, The University of Surrey 

Morning Technical Sessions Chair:

Ian Corden, Visiting Professor, 5G/6GIC, The University of Surrey 


20min each inc Q&A

Session 1-Radio Waves modelling

Spectrum allocation from a propagation perspective

Sana Salous, Director of the Centre for Communication Systems, Professor of Communications Engineering, Department of Engineering, Durham University

A Non-Stationary Channel Model and Capacity Behaviour of ELAA-mMIMO Systems

Yi Ma, 5G/6GIC, The University of Surrey 

6G Technologies; Radio Waves and Health

Dr. Azadeh Peyman, Public Health England


Coffee Break


20min each inc Q&A

Session 2: New Physical layer Techniques

Non-orthogonal signals for spectral and energy efficient transmission; are these the ideal candidates for 6G?

Izzat Darwazeh, The University College London

Rate Splitting Multiple Access for 6G Communications and Sensing

Bruno Clerckx, Imperial College

Exploiting Electromagnetic Degrees of Freedom for Spectrum Efficiency Enhancements

Pei Xiao, 5G/6GIC, The University of Surrey 


20min each inc Q&A

Session 3: New Frequency Bands and towards Tbps

The optical spectrum and Tb/s wireless systems in the 6G era

Jaafar M.H. Elmirghani, The University of Leeds

Power-efficient waveforms for visible light communication

Fabien Heliot, 5G/6GIC, The University of Surrey  

RF Sampling and Software Defined Radio – Working with a 4 GHz Baseband using the Multichannel RFSoC

Louise Crockett, David Northcote, The University of Strathclyde 


Lunch Break

Afternoon Technical Sessions Chair:

David Hendon, Visiting Professor, 5G/6GIC, The University of Surrey 


20min each inc Q&A

Session 4: RAN

Self-Organised Radio and Core Networks: Achieving end-to-end optimal resource utilisation

Muhammad Imran, University of Glasgow

On the energy efficiency, spectral efficiency and coverage of cell-free massive MIMO

Hien Quoc Ngo, The Queen University of Belfast

Cell Sweeping - A New Paradigm for Cells Deployment and Cell-edge Enhancement 

Atta Quddus, 5G/6GIC, The University of Surrey 


20min each inc Q&A

Session 5: Co-existence

Spectrum co-existence for satellite and terrestrial systems

 Barry Evans, 5G/6GIC, The University of Surrey 

Blind Spectrum Sensing Using Stochastic Resonance

Seiamak Vahid, 5G/6GIC, The University of Surrey 

OpenRAN Lab at Surrey

Konstantinos Nikitopoulos and Rahulan Yogaratnam, 5G/6GIC, The University of Surrey 


Coffee Break


20min each inc Q&A

Session 6: Enabling Techniques

A glimpse of next-generation wireless enabling techniques

Lajos Hanzo , Southampton University

Green and Secure Networks; Will 6G deliver the Duo?

Mohammad Shikh-Bahaei, King's College London

Coverage enhancement with power efficient Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces

Mohsen Khalily, 5G/6GIC, The University of Surrey 


Discussions: All

Overview of Next Workshop: Robert Stewart, The University of Strathclyde 

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.

You can access the slides and presentation recordings from the first event in this series, led by Bristol University, here: 

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.