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Launch of new Institute for Communications and Connected Systems (ICCS) website

A unique new Institute, built upon the wide knowledge base and expertise of UCL’s communications engineering research.
Launch of new Institute for Communications and Connected Systems (ICCS) website

Prof Darwazeh (centre) and a team of UCL researchers.

The Institute is to launch at UCL on 26th March. The Institute’s website has gone live today at

The multidisciplinary and highly collaborative UCL Institute for Communications and Connected Systems (ICCS) comprises over 100 researchers and seeks to answer some of the world's most pressing questions in the field of communications. The Institute’s research spans the physics and engineering of wireless and optical physical layers up to software applications and data processing and addresses the future of a connected and data-driven society. The Institute is led by Professor Izzat Darwazeh, Professor of Communications Engineering and co-Director, Professor Polina Bayvel, Professor of Optical Communications and Networks.

“ICCS brings together world-leading academic experts and state-of-the-art facilities to advance the future technologies of a connected world. Our work penetrates every area of the communications network and interacts with a diverse range of application areas. Key to our work is engaging with industry and the engineers of the future as we innovate and develop this dynamic field of research.” Professor Izzat Darwazeh.

The research of ICCS sits within four themes:

  • Intelligent high capacity networks
  • Ubiquitous connectivity
  • Infrastructures for smart services and applications
  • Sensing, information and data processing


To find out more about the Institute see: If you are a potential collaborator, tours of the Institute are available on the afternoon of Monday 26th March and a launch event will take place at UCL from 5-8pm to which you would be welcome to attend. Please register your interest in attending at


History of Communications and Connected Systems Research at UCL


UCL has a long history in the area of communications research and, since the inception of the Department of Electrical Technology in 1885, has enhanced this work through industrial collaboration.

UCL’s mark on this field has spanned over 130 years beginning with the educating of Alexander Graham Bell and the pioneering collaboration between Professor Sir John Ambrose Fleming and Guglielmo Marconi. This seminal work resulted in the first transatlantic wireless transmission on December the 12th 1901 and the invention of the thermionic valve in 1904.

UCL continued at the forefront of communications technologies through the 1950's and 60's with Professor Harold Barlow’s world-leading work in microwave waveguides and his supervision of the doctoral student Charles Kao, inventor of the optical fibre for which he was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize for Physics.

polina.jpgToday, UCL’s communications and connected systems research continues to be at the forefront of the field. In the 2017 New Years Honour list Professor Polina Bayvel (pictured, right), head of the Optical Networks group in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and Co-director of ICCS at UCL, was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to engineering and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS). She is described on the Royal Society website as " of the first to show the feasibility of using the wavelength domain for routing in optical networks over a range of distance- and time-scales. She has established the applicability of these new optical network architecture concepts, which have been widely implemented in commercial systems and networks. These systems and networks underpin the Internet, and the digital communications infrastructure - and are essential for its growth."