Professor Sangarapillai Lambotharan

Director of the Institute for Digital Technologies and Professor of Signal Processing and Communications.

Sangarapillai Lambotharan

Sangarapillai Lambotharan is an expert in Signal Processing and Wireless Communications.

He has unique experience in developing and analysing convex optimization and game theory-based resource allocation techniques in wireless communications, radars, and smart grids. He has contributed to advancing the state-of-the-art physical layer techniques in wireless communications, particularly the channel estimation, equalization, beamforming, multi-input multi-output (MIMO) systems and reflective intelligent surfaces (RIS) as applied to a range of communication technologies from 2G to beyond 5G networks.

Academic background

He received his Ph.D. degree in signal processing from Imperial College London, U.K., in 1997. He was a Visiting Scientist with the Engineering and Theory Centre, Cornell University, USA, in 1996. Until 1999, he was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Imperial College London. From 1999 to 2002, he was with the Motorola Applied Research Group, U.K., where he investigated various projects and received several Motorola recognition awards for his works in the physical link layer modelling and performance characterization of 2.5G and 3G networks. He was with King’s College London and Cardiff University as a Lecturer and a Senior Lecturer, respectively, from 2002 to 2007.

Current research and collaborations

His current research interests include 6G networks, MIMO, blockchain, machine learning, and network security. He has authored two book chapters, more than 120 journal articles and 150 conference articles in these areas. His research has been supported by 11 Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) grants, one British Council Newton Fund and several DSTL and industrial grants, totalling £7 Million.

Interests and activities

Sangarapillai Lambotharan is a Fellow of IET, Fellow of HEA and Senior Member of IEEE. He serves as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing and IEEE Transactions on Communications.