Institute of Communications and Connected Systems


Online Seminar | Photonic THz technologies and their application to wireless communication

20 May 2020, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

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In the first of our seminars to be given by a member of the institute, Professor Cyril Renaud will discuss how THz technologies are developing as an interesting solution to the increasing demand for data on wireless channels

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

UCL staff | UCL students | Invitation Only






Robert Thompson – Institute of Communications and Connected Systems

Photonic THz technologies and their application to wireless communication

While we have an increasing demand of data on wireless channels a number of technological solutions are emerging. Within this seminar, we will explore one of them; THz wireless communication.

We will see how THz technologies are developing and why they could offer an interesting solution for a physical layer implementation of a high data rate wireless channel. In particular, we will look at recent developments in photonic technologies for THz wireless communication and how they enable convergence between a local area fibre network and a high data rate wireless network. We will also delve into the remaining challenges for the technology and discuss a potential pathway to actual applications.

ICCS Chair

This session will be chaired by: Dr Zhixin Liu, Lecturer in Optical Communications and Networks

Attending the seminar 

The Seminar will be held on the Zoom platform. Details of how to access Zoom can be found on their website.

Join the seminar by clicking on this link.
The meeting ID is: 997 4030 9640
Meeting Password: Will be emailed to ICCS members, or can be requested by email. 

About the ICCS online seminar series

The ICCS seminar series is designed to bring together members of our community who are currently away from our home in Bloomsbury and distributed across the world. The Seminars are being curated to provide academic exploration and inspiration, offering insights into a range of topics surrounding communications and connected systems. Topics will either explore subjects close to the work of our academics or introduce wider concepts from experts in the global academic and industrial community.

If you wish to suggest a future topic or speaker please use the link below, speakers could be from academia, industry, within ICCS/UCL or from further a field.


The seminar will begin with a presentation aimed at a technical audience, but at a level that will be accessible to those from a range of engineering disciplines. Speakers have been asked to end their presentations with a technical challenge or delving deeper into the content to engage those more invested in the topic. 

The seminar series is designed to offer a compact exploration of ranging topics and is therefore short in format. The presentation will run for 15 - 30 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of questions.
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About the Speaker

Prof Cyril Renaud

Professor of photonics at UCL Dept. Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Cyril received the degree of engineering from the Ecole Supérieure d’Optique, Orsay, France, and the Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies (D.E.A.) in Optics and Photonics from the University Paris XI, Orsay, France, in 1996. He spent one year as a project engineer with Sfim-ODS, working on the development of microchips lasers and portable range finders. He, then, joined the Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton, Southampton UK, in 1998, to work on diode-pumped high-power ytterbium-doped fibre-lasers, with particular interest on Q-switched system and 980-nm generation. This work led to the award of a PhD in 2001.

He is currently a Professor of Photonics at University College London, and the programme director for the UCL/Cambridge doctoral training centre in Connected Electronic and Photonic Systems. His work has led to over 160 publications in international peer-reviewed journals and conferences, attracting over 1900 citations and 3 patents.

Cyril is the principal investigator on the EU funded grant TERAPOD - Terahertz based ultra-high bandwidth wireless access network (Scientific coordinator), the EPSRC grant on Optically controlled THz phased array antennas and a co-investigator on the EPSRC funded programme grant, HyperTerahertz — High Precision Terahertz Spectroscopy and Microscopy and the EPSRC RIIE COALESCE (Converged Optical and Wireless Network).

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