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Intelligent Sensing and Communications

We focus on a broad range of communications, sensors and signal processing.

Our research

The Intelligent Sensing and Communications (ISC) group was first established in 1989. Our research explores the whole spectrum of communications and digital signal processing. This includes:

  • underpinning theories
  • applications involving interdisciplinary scientific collaborations
  • close interactions with industry-leading
  • appreciation of emerging technological trends and bottleneck problems

The ISC research comprises two intertwined strands:

  1. Intelligent Sensing for limb prosthetics, biometrics, ultrasound imaging and non-destructive testing (NDT) and
  2. Communications, including wireless and underwater acoustic communications.

We provide our students with world-class engineering education. We deliver the highest standards through our BEng, MEng, MSc and PhD programmes.

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Areas of research

Our expertise is wide-ranging. We work across many disciplines. We develop solutions for current and future communications, sensors and signal processing systems.

Our research themes include:

  • mobile wireless communications
  • green communications and energy harvesting
  • underwater acoustics and communications
  • encryption, biometrics and security
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • biomedical engineering


Our Electrical and Electronic Engineering Undergraduate Programmes give students a path to becoming professional engineers.

Our Electrical and Electronic Engineering Postgraduate Taught (MSc) Programmes equip students with the advanced skills and expertise to help shape the world.

Our impact

Discover the impact our world-leading research is having in academia, industry and society. Here are a few examples showcasing our current research activities.

Our collaborations

We conduct pioneering research in full-duplex based communications. This leads to doubling the throughput in bandlimited propagation media, such as the underwater acoustic channel. The ongoing research is supported by ATLAS Elektronik UK, Teledyne, DSTL and NATO.

Join us

The ISC is a diverse, internationally-leading group in research, teaching and engagement with industry. Our Group includes a team of academic, research and teaching staff, and PhD and MSc students.

We offer exciting opportunities.

We often have new vacancies within our team. Check out Newcastle University vacancies for current opportunities.

We actively seek and recruit high-quality research students and several funded PhD studentships are available for Home and EU prospective students. The University also offers scholarships for the very best international students.

Contact us

Group Head - Dr Charalampos Tsimenidis


Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5965

Address: School of Engineering, Room E2.15, Merz Court, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU