School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Paul Haigh

Lecturer in Communication


Paul received his BEng and PhD degrees from Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, in 2010 and 2014, respectively. During his PhD, he pioneered the topic of organic visible light communications Between 2011 and 2012, he joined CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research) with a prestigious Marie Curie Fellowship working on optical fibre links for high energy physics experiments. Between 2014-2016 he was a Senior Research Associate within the High Performance Networks Group at the University of Bristol, working on reconfigurable agile network interfaces. Then from 2016-2019 he was a Senior Research Associate at University College London working on high speed polymer visible light communications systems, with particular focus on modulation, digital signal processing and healthcare applications.

From 2019 he was appointed as a lecturer in communications and signal processing at the School of Engineering, Newcastle University. To date, Paul has published over 100 scholarly articles in the area of digital communications and received >1500 citations and a h-index of 23. He has contributed to £3M in successful research funding proposals.

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Paul's research focuses in two key areas; digital communications system and digital healthcare.

The first area focuses mainly on the application of digital signal processing to both optical and radio communications systems including the design, implementation and analysis of new modulation formats, filter designs, equalisation methods and artificial intelligence techniques. He is also interested in real time signal processing and deployment of FPGAs in real world scenarios. To date, his major research contribution has been in the field of visible light communications using devices consisting of new materials known as organic semiconductors. He has demonstrated, with his collaborators, improvements in achievable transmission rates and in point-to-point mobile access networks using organic devices in free space.

The second area looks at the translative approaches that can be taken from digital communications and applied to healthcare scenarios. Paul, in collaboration with UCL, is interested in monitoring and analysis of oxygen diffusion inside tissue using optical signals, using techniques borrowed from optical communications systems.


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