Our projects have received funding from sources including Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the European Commission.

We have worked on interdisciplinary projects with the Department of Sociology and Department of Psychology, as well worked in partnership with other institutions (including the University of Cambridge, University of Bristol, and University of Amsterdam), and with businesses (including BT).

Current Projects

RECENT (MSCS RISE Project), October 2018 - September 2022. Academic - Dr Leila Musavian.

Energy-Harvesting Sensor Networks for Environmental Monitoring: Bridging the Research- Implementation Gap Newton. Funder - The Royal Society, 31 March 2018 - 30 March 2020. Academic - Dr Leila Musavian (Co-I).

SerIoT (Safe and Secure Internet of Things), SerIoT is optimizing the information security in IoT platforms and networks in a holistic, cross- layered manner (i.e. IoT platforms & devices, honeypots, SDN routers and operator’s controller). It will offer a secure SerIoT platform that can be used to implement secure IoT platforms and networks anywhere and everywhere. Funded by EU H2020, 1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2020. Academics - Dr Nikolaos Thomos (CO-I), Dr Martin Reed, Dr Mays Al-Naday.

Artificial intelligence in future mobile networks: smart massive MIMO to deliver infinite capacity, Irish Research Council – Government of Ireland Postgraduate studentship, Oct 2017 - Sept 2021. Academic - Dr Hamed Ahmadi.

Erasmus Without Paper 2.0, 2017 - 2018. Academic - Professor Anthony Vickers.

Vehicle Telematics Module Design, funded by Control Technologies UK, 2017-2018. Academic - Dr Masood Ur Rehman.

Previous projects


NIRVANA (Intelligent, Heterogeneous Virtualised Networking Infrastructure), EPSRC (Engineering & Physics Science Research Council), 1 October 2014- 30 September 2018. Academics - Professor Kun Yang (CI), Professor Stuart Walker (CI). This is a joint project with the University of Kent.

The NIRVANA project offers a holistic approach to technological, protocol and service-layer research into an intelligent mobile network towards 5G and beyond.  Virtualisation of network functions in a cloud-radio access network (C-RAN) and of mobile device functionalities into a mobile cloud, as well as intelligent monitoring of the virtualised network offer performance (throughput), spectral and energy efficiency advantages. 

CROWN (Cross-layer Research on Green Cooperative Cognitive Radio Networks and Services), EU (European Union)-funded FP7 Project, 1 April 2014 - 31 March 2018. Academics - Professor Kun Yang, Dr Leila Musavian.

TANGO (Towards delay, energy And spectrum-efficient Next Generation wireless netwOrks), EPSRC, Dec 2016 - Mar 2018. Academic - Dr Leila Musavian (PI).


CLIMBER (Cross-Layer Investigation and Integration of Computing and Networking Aspects of Mobile Social Networks), EU (European Union)-funded FP7 Project, 1 April 2013 - 31 March 2017. Academic - Professor Kun Yang.

iCIRRUS (intelligent Converged network consolidating Radio and optical access aRound USer equipment), EU H2020 Project, C-RAN+D2D+mobile cloud. 1 Jan. 2015 - 31 Dec. 2017. Academic - Professor Kun Yang.

POINT (iP Over IcN– the betTer IP), EU H2020 Project, to develop technology and business value chains for commercially viable IP-over-ICN deployment, based on the hypothesis that many current IP-based applications can run ‘better’ on an ICN-based network than on current IP networks ICN over. 1 Jan. 2015 - 31 Dec. 2017. Academics - Professor Kun Yang, Dr Nikolaos Thomos (CO-I), Dr Martin Reed, Dr Mays Al-Naday.

Information-centric networking for video delivery over existing and emerging ISP networks, EPSRC/BT CASE, 2013-2017. Academic - Dr Martin Reed.

Understanding the benefits of wideband audio communications, EPSRC/BT CASE 2013-2017. Academic - Dr Martin Reed.


DANCER (Digital Agent Networking for Customer Energy Reduction), UK EPSRC (Engineering & Physics Science Research Council) funded project. To investigate how advanced sensing, wireless networking and decision making techniques can be used together with energy customer's living habits as a result of social and psychological data gathering and analysis in order to achieve energy usage reduction within a household and a residential building. A joint project with the Department of Psychology and the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex. Aug 2012 - July 2016. Academic - Professor Kun Yang.


UK Photonic Outreach Network, EPSRC, Sept 2012 - Jan 2015. Academic - Professor Ian Henning.

EGRACONS (European Grade Conversion System), EU-funded project, 2012 - Oct 2015. Academic - Professor Anthony Vickers.

SODALES (SOftware-Defined Access using Low-Energy Subsystems), EU (European Union)-funded FP7 ICT Project, the project aims to develop a novel wireless access interconnection service that offers transparent transport services for fixed and mobile services. Nov 2012 - Oct 2015. Academic - Professor Stuart Walker.

MONICA (Mobile Cloud Computing: Networks, Services and Architecture), EU (European Union)-funded FP7 Project, Feb 2012 - Dec 2015. Academic - Professor Kun Yang.


EVANS (End-to-end Virtual Resource Management across Heterogeneous Networks and Services), EU (European Union)-funded FP7 Project, the major objective is to increase researchers’ mobility between EU countries and China to obtain better understanding of network virtualisation for future Internet infrastructure. May 2011 - April 2014. Academic - Professor Kun Yang.

NINFA (Nanostructure Injected Lasers for Ultra-High Frequency Applications), EU Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship for Career Development, Oct 2011 - Sept 2014. Academic - Professor Mike Adams.


PURSUIT (Publish Subscribe Internet Technology), EU (European Union)-funded FP7 ICT 5th Call Project, a STREP project investigating into future Internet technologies beyond IP. Oct 2010 - March 2013. Academics - Professor Kun Yang, Dr Martin Reed, Dr Mays Al-Naday.

MANTYCHORE (IP Network as a Service), EU (European Union)-funded FP7 ICT 5th Call Project, a STREP project focusing on network virtualization and Network as a Service (NaaS). Oct 2010 - March 2013. Academic - Professor Kun Yang.

GEYSERS (Generalized Architecture for Dynamic Infrastructure Services), EU (European Union)-funded FP7 ICT 4th Call Project, a Large Scale Integrated Project (IP) involving 14 partners from around Europe. Jan 2010 - March 2013. Academic - Professor Kun Yang.


Polarisation Dynamics of Quantum Dot VCSELs: Proposal to support Visiting Researcher Dr. D. Alexandropoulos, EPSRC, Oct 2009 - March 2012. Academics - Professor Ian Henning (PI), Professor Mike Adams (Co-I).

Electrically Pumped Broad Band and Vertical Cavity Semiconductor Dilute Nitride Optical Amplifiers for Metro and Access Networks, EPSRC, May 2009 - Aug 2012. Academic - Professor Mike Adams (Co-I).

Dynamics of Spin-VCSELs, EPSRC, April 2009 - Sept 2012. Academics - Professor Ian Henning (PI), Professor Mike Adams (Co-I).

FIVER (Fully-Converged Quintuple-Play Integrated Optical-Wireless Access Architectures), EU (European Union)-funded FP7 ICT Project, Oct 2010 - Dec 2012. Academic - Professor Stuart Walker.

PAL (Personal and Social Communication Services for Health and Lifestyle Monitoring). EPSRC (Engineering & Physics Science Research Council) and TSB (Technical Strategy Board) jointly funded project. To investigate the heterogeneous network and service middleware solutions for new generation healthcare services. Other partners: Ericsson, British Telecom, University of Cambridge. July 2009 - Dec 2012. Academic - Professor Kun Yang.

PMI2 Connect between Northwestern (Chicago) and University of Essex, British Council funded, 2011 - 2012. Academic - Dr Martin Reed.


BONE (Building the Future Optical Network in Europe: The e-Photon/ONe Network), EU (European Union)-funded FP7 ICT Project, Jan 2008 - Feb 2011. Academic - Professor Stuart Walker.

The BONE-network brings together 49 laboratories and research institutes from all over Europe in a close networking infrastructure, built on the foundations laid down by the FP6 ePhoton/ONe Network and represents the research activities within Europe in the field of Optical Networks.

Future Photonic Networks, EPSRC, Oct 2007 - June 2011. Academic - Professor Stuart Walker (Co-I).


ISLAS (Injected Spin Lasers), EU Marie Curie Inter-European Fellowship, Jan 2009 - Dec 2010. Academic - Professor Mike Adams.


PANDA (Policy-based Model-driven Pervasive Service Creation and Adaptation). UK EPSRC (Engineering & Physics Science Research Council) project. Dec 2006 – Dec 2009. Academic - Professor Kun Yang.


MOSE (Model-driven Component-based Systems Engineering), a BT (British Telecom)-funded project. A project aiming to tackle NGOSS (Next Generation Operational System Support) challenges by making use of OMG model-driven architecture (MDA) from both a theoretical and a practical point of view. Oct 2005 - Sept 2008. Academic - Professor Kun Yang.

UROOF (Photonic Components for Ultra wideband Radio over optical Fiber), EU-funded FP6 project, July 2006 - Dec 2008. Academic - Professor Stuart Walker.