Radio Frequency Research Group

Leader, Dr Tim Drysdale, Senior Lecturer

Deputy Lead Dr Armando Marino, Lecturer

The Radio Frequency Research Group was established at the Open University in 2015. The main activities of the group are antennas for high-spectral efficiency communications and the internet of things, and radar for building and environmental monitoring.

The group has access to a state of the art portable vector network analyser operating at up to 26 GHz, and a number of reconfigurable antenna arrays operating primarily in the region of 4 – 6 GHz.

The group has active collaborations in the UK with Network Rail, QinetiQ, The University of Oxford, The University of Aberystwyth, and Environmental Systems. And outside the UK with the European Space Agency, The Arctic University of Norway, The University of Naples Parthenope, the German Aerospace Agency and others.

We also have on-site access to an acoustic anechoic chamber, which provides a reduced clutter space for pre-testing equipment before field-work.

Recently funded projects

2017: UK Space Agency, International Partnership Program (IPP). The project title is EO4cultivar and it aims at using satellite sensors to improve agricultural practices in Peru and Colombia. The fund is mostly paying the scholarship for a PhD. £104k. Armando Marino (co-PI)

2016: European Space Agency, Dragon-4 program. The project is titled “Ship and Coastal Water Pollution Observation with Polarimetric SAR Architectures (SCoPeSAR)” and it provides grants for travel and publication costs in the framework of a collaboration between European and Chinese Universities. Travel money (not a fixed amount). Armando Marino (PI)    

2016: Department for Transport's T-TRIG programme. The project title is "Multiple Antenna Line-of-sight radio link testbed for Transport Systems," and it comprises use of novel radio modes and multiple communications channels to allow high enough data rates to be achieved for broadband connectivity on trains, resulting in improved passenger experience. £24.9k. Tim Drysdale (PI)

2016: HM Government. The project title is Orbital Angular Momentum Radio. £19k. Tim Drysdale (PI)

Photo Gallery

Tim Drysdale conducting experiments at the University of Oxford anechoic chamber hosted by Prof. Chris Stevens.

Tim Drysdale conducting experiments at the University of Oxford anechoic chamber hosted by Prof. Chris Stevens.

 

Armando Marino setting up the radar measurement under a bridge near the OU campus.

Armando Marino setting up the radar measurement under a bridge near the OU campus. 

 

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