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Antennas & Applied Electromagnetics Laboratory


The research within the Antenna and Applied Electromagnetics Laboratory focuses on antennas and radiowave propagation for application into personal mobile communications, vehicles and sensors.

Furthermore, research activities also include applied research in classical electrodynamics (e.g. scattering and diffraction theory) and its application to the study and modelling of radiowave propagation in the VHF, UHF and SHF bands in terrestrial environments (e.g. mobile radio microcells, body area communications).

Research Activities

  • Characterisation of on-body radiowave propagation
  • Reconfigurable antennas for on-body communications systems
  • Efficiency of antennas mounted on the body
  • Measurement of diversity for on-body channels
  • Switchable antennas for ultra wideband applications
  • Low profile millimetric sensors for vehicle radar and communications
  • Left handed antennas
  • Wideband antennas on electromagnetic bandgap materials
  • Antennas for medical implants
  • Electromagnetic theory
  • Diffraction theory
  • Radiowave propagation

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Laboratory News

November 2011 : AAEL researchers win the 1st runner up of IET Best Student Papers award in LAPC2011

Loughborough Antenna & Propagation Conference (LAPC) 2011 awarded the 1st runner up of IET Best Student Paper prize to AAEL researchers for the paper "Wide Tunable Balanced Antenna for Mobile Terminals and its Potential for MIMO applications".

January 2011 : AAEL researchers win the best paper award in Second UK URSI Festival of Radio Science, 2011

Second UK URSI Festival of Radio Science,2011 awarded the best paper prize to AAEL researchers for the paper "Pattern Reconfigurable Wideband Conical Monopole Antenna with Frequency Notch-band" can be found at:

November 2010 : AAEL researchers win the best student paper award in LAPC2010

Loughborough Antenna & Propagation Conference (LAPC) 2010 awarded the best student paper prize to AAEL researchers for the paper "Novel Yagi-Uda antennas for on-body communication at 60 GHz".

October 2010 : AAEL work featured in Electronics Letters

We are pleased to have been selected as a feature article in Electronics Letters volume 46, issue 21 which highlights the advances made in our paper called 'Multimode Vivaldi Antenna'. More information on the featured article called 'Vivaldi steps up a notch' can be found at: or

April 2010 : AAEL work highlighted in Electronics Letters

Electronics Letters has an 'In brief' section at the front which highlights some of the work within the issue. We are pleased to have been included in the 'In brief' section of the Electronics Letters volume 46, issue 7 which points out the advances made in our paper 'Switchable Filtering in Vivaldi Antenna' More information on the highlighted work called VIVALDI'S 7TH can be found at:

November 2009 : Prof Peter Hall won the James Roderick James Lifetime Achievement Arward in LAPC2009

In recognition of his outstanding contribution over a significant period of time in the fields of Antennas and Propagation. Professor Peter Hall has made outstanding technical achievements and contributed significantly to our knowledge and understanding of microstrip antennas and arrays, active antennas, MIMO and body-worn communication systems.

Details can be found at:

January 2009: AAEL researchers win CST short paper award 2008

The CST University Publication Award is an annual grant to university institutes and researchers for work in the application of 3D EM field simulation. For the first time in 2008, an additional special award for short papers was introduced. We are pleased to have been presented with the short paper award 2008 for the paper "Omnidirectional loop antenna with left handed loading".

More information on the CST award, and direct link to paper can be found at:

SLIMSENS to bring radar and broadband to the future of motoring

SLIMSENS (Short and Long Range Integrated Multifunction Radar and Communications Sensors) is a joint industry, academic and UK Government research project which was initiated after EU legislation was passed which paves the way towards every new vehicle having a pedestrian safe device by 2008/10.

The aim of SLIMSENS is to create an integrated sensor that can provide both pedestrian safe technology and adaptive cruise control

More information on the SLIMSENS project can be found here:

Research at EECE in cognitive radio to speed up two-way radio communications

In an effort to improve the speed and quality of two-way radio communication, researchers within the Devices and Systems research centre are developing selfadapting antenna for cognitive radio. These radios detect those channels that are in use and those that are not. Rather than traditionally modifying the signal processing methods of congnitive radio, changes will be made to the antenna itself.

More information on cognitive radio:


Academic Staff

Prof Peter Hall - Head of AAEL laboratory

Dr Peter Gardner - Head of MCI laboratory

Dr Hooshang Ghafouri-Shiraz - Head of ODCL laboratory

Dr Costas Constantinou - Head of DSNL laboratory

Research Staff

Dr Yuriy Nechayev - Characterisation of On-Body Communication Channels (EPSRC)

PhD/MPhil Students

Mr M Hamid - Active and Passive Antenna for Cognitive Radio

Mr Zhen Hua Sampson Hu - Antenna Design for Cognitive Radio

Mr S Hamani -

Mrs Lida Akhoondzadeh-Asl - Wearable Antenna

Mrs Elham Ebrahimi - Antennas for cognitive radio

Mr Ghaith Elsanosi Mansour - Frequency band reconfiguration of wideband antennas

Mr Xianyue Wu - Wearable antenna for Gigabit body-centric wireless communications

Miss Donya Jasteh - Decoupling Network for Cognitive Radio

Mr Oluwabunmi Tade - RF Front end for Cognitive Radios

Mr Zhengpeng Wang - UWB Reconfigurable Antennas and Filters

Selected Publications

View selected publications for the AAEL laboratory


"The skills acquired, first as a PhD student in the Communications Engineering Research Group and then as a Research Associate, had a major positive impact in my career. Peter Hall's guidance and leadership by example made possible to transform a group of people into a strong research team"

Christos Kalialakis, Telecommunications and Post Commission, Thessaloniki, Greece




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