Research Scope

Current Electronic systems are required to be: compact, multifunctional, reliable, and low power. Yet, such systems are usually complex and involve the integration of a number of sub-systems designed and implemented by different vendors. These sub-systems include complex software and hardware layers that may include firmware components such as embedded software applications, Operating Systems and hardware elements such as ASICs, DSPs, microprocessor cores, MEMS, RF, micro and nano sensors.

The Embedded Mobile Wireless and Wearable Sensor Systems (EWireless) research group (formerly called System Level Integration Group) aims to address the challenges above associated with current and future electronic system design. Our activities extend from applications and algorithmic research addressing areas such as navigation, telecommunication, and imaging down to efficient implementation issues in terms of embedded software and hardware platform developments.

Examples of the group's achievements on the algorithmic and application levels are the development of techniques for accurate position determination indoors and in harsh environments. At the hardware level, the group's research has results in new computing architectures such as RICA (Reconfigurable Instruction Cell Array) that provides a paradigm of computation for low power, reliable, and data-intensive applications. Furthermore, the group has developed new low-power MEMS-based switches that allow the formation of reconfigurable sensors that could be targeted for applications where low power, fault-tolerance, and/or reliability are major concerns. All of these achievements have reinforced with patents granted and some pending in the pipeline. Some of these patents have been licensed to spin-out companies from the group.

We also have a growing research activity in Big Data, AI, and high-performance computing using special purpose hardware e.g. FPGAs, GPUs, multi-core chips, with applications in scientific computing, bioinformatics and computational biology, Positioning and Location-based Services as well as financial computing, among others.

The group's longer-term adventurous blue-sky research activity includes studying how to design autonomous and adaptive systems. Concepts such as those driven by evolution, population genetics, biology, swarm formation etc. are studied and applied to the adaptation of complete devices and systems, for example, networks (autonomous sensor and microsatellite networks as examples). A poster highlighting selected example activities is provided here Research Overview

The Ewireless Research Group is organizing the 2018 NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems (AHS-2017). Professor Tughrul Arslan is the General Chair of the conference. Details are available at the conference site at

If you are interested in a research degree, please explore our website and the list of current research degree subjects. The list is not exhaustive and merely reflects some selected topics. If you have a specific topic you are interested in then please do contact us. If you have any queries and/or are interested in working with us, please contact group leader Prof. Tughrul Arslan.


The research areas in the EWireless Research Group are:

For enquiries, please contact the group leader, Prof. Tughrul Arslan.