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Director of 5G Innovation Centre Rewarded with Regius Chair

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  • Published by Eleanor Brash on 31 May 2018
  • Last modified 31 May 2018
Professor Rahim Tafazolli, Professor of Mobile and Satellite Communications at the University of Surrey, Director of Surrey’s Institute for Communication Systems and the Founder and Director of the 5G Innovation Centre, has been honored by the Queen for his industry contributions with a Regius Chair in Electronic Engineering.

Throughout his career, Professor Tafazolli has co-authored over 500 papers, been involved in over 30 applicaitons and regularly advises government and industry on 5G matters. A Regius Chair is a highly prestigious and sought after position that celebrates the highest standards of research; only 25 exist in the country. They are traditionally reserved for subject areas that are fundamental to the UK's growth, either now or in the future.

The University of Surrey and the 5G Innovation Centre is involved in UK5G through a number of Testbed and Trials programmes, including the Worcestershire 5G Consortium. Alongside the Worcestershire LEP, Worcestershire County Council, AWTG, Huawei, O2, BT and Malvern Hills Science Park the consortium explores ways to increase industrial productivity using 5G.

“I feel proud and humbled to be the recipient of this prestigious award in recognition of my work, considering that there are many world leading researchers in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Surrey.”

Professor Tafazolli

“The award is very well-deserved and recognises Rahim’s outstanding contributions to telecommunications research and its applications, along with the prominent leadership role he has taken at national and international level to pursue and promote next generation technologies, where Surrey is an acknowledged world leader.”

Professor Max Lu, the University’s President and Vice-Chancellor

Keith Robson from the 5G Innovation Centre is on the UK5G Advisory Board.