Professor John Mitchell

Professor John Mitchell

Professor of Communications Systems Engineering

Vice Dean Education, UCL Engineering

Co-Director, Centre for Engineering Education.

I received my first degree a BEng in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the Department of Electronic Engineering, University College London in 1996 and my PhD in 2000. My PhD was conducted in the Telecommunications Research Group led by Prof. Sir J J O'Reilly examining "Modelling of the performance of Optical Networks.". This project was supported by EPSRC and Marconi Research Centre, Great Baddow.

In 2000, I was appointed Lecturer within the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, UCL, becoming a Senior Lecturer in 2006 and Professor in 2015. I have been director of the IGDP Communications for Industry programme and from 2010-2012 was the Postgraduate Tutor (Taught) for the department. From 2012 to 2016 I was seconded to the faculty office to be director of the Integrated Engineering Programme.I am now Vice-Dean, Education in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences and lead on the development of Teaching and Learning Spaces in the new UCL EAST campus in Stratford

My research is based around access technologies, both wired and wireless and particulary the integration of wireless services with optical access. I have also been involved in projects concerning wireless sensor networks. My research interest are in the following areas:

  • Radio over fibre technologies and networks for future mobile communications architectures, fixed wireless access platforms and optical beamforming networks.
  • Analytic modelling and computer simulation of noise and interference effects in DWDM optical networks. Crosstalk and interferometric noise in optical networks and systems.
  • Access network technologies and novel modulation formats.
  • Radio Technologies for Wireless Sensor Networks
  • Engineering Education Research, in particular in active learning techniques including problem based learning.

I have a strong interest in improving Engineering Education with a particular focus on introducing Student-Centred techniques. I have been involved in project to implement Problem based and Scenario Based learning and received a Provost's Teaching Award in 2010.