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Wireless Communications and Networking Laboratory

Wireless Communications and Networking Laboratory

The Wireless Communications and Networking Laboratory (WCNL) at Macquarie University conducts research into emerging wireless communications and networking technologies.  It follows in the footsteps of pioneering wireless research conducted by Prof Neil Weste and Prof. David Skellern (currently adjunct professors of the Department of Engineering) in late 1990s. Their research  into WLAN IEEE 802.11 technology resulted in Macquarie University's most successful IT-related commercial startup, Radiata Communications, which was bought by Cisco Systems for a record $US295 million. Since 2008, WCNL, led by Prof. Eryk Dutkiewicz, has focused on research into wireless body area networks for medical applications (see a short promotional video) and research into cognitive radio networks for next generation mobile communications systems. WCNL conducts collaborative research with premier research organisations around the world. (For more information see Linkages.) WCNL is associated with the Macquarie University WiMed Research Centre.


  • We are participating in a joint project with Intel Corporation in the area of Dynamic Spectrum Sharing for 5G Networks. Other partners in the 5G Program include University of Southern California, New York University, Princeton, Stanford University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Texas at Austin, University Fabra Pompeu, Purdue University, Cornell, IIT Delhi, University of California at Los Angeles and Rice University. A recent press release about this engagement can be found here.
  • We are bringing to Australia the 10th International Conference on Body Area Networks (BODYNETS 2015) to be held on 28-30 September 2015 in Sydney. The conference is under the technical sponsorship of the ACM. For more information visit the conference website.

PhD Research Scholarship Opportunities

Macquarie University offers generous PhD scholarships (MQRES) to domestic and international students. These MQRES scholarships are unique to Macquarie University. Applications can be made all year round. International students can also apply for Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (E-IPRS). Applications for E-IPRS scholarships close in August. Macquarie University also offers cotutelle MQRES scholarships under inter-university arrangements. This allows the possibility of getting two PhD degrees for the same research work, one from Macquarie University and the other from a European, Asian, North American or South American university. Cotutelle MQRES scholarships are open all year. For more information about research scholarships see Opportunities.

China Scholarship Council (CSC) Scholarships

Macquarie University in partnership with the China Scholarship Council (CSC) will jointly offer a number of postgraduate research scholarships for 3 years full time PhD research in 2014-2017. These scholarships are worth $25,392 pa in living alowance, plus tuition fees. Successful candidates may commence their PhD at Macquarie University from July 2014, subject to confirmation of CSC approval and support. Applications close on 31 January 2015. For more information see here

South American Scholarships

There are a number of different scholarships schemes available to international students offered by government agencies in South America. For more information see here

Scholarships from Vietnam International Education Development 

Macquarie University has partnered with Vietnam International Education Development (VIED) of the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), Vietnam, to offer scholarships to Vietnamese students. For more information see here

Some of the research topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Resource allocation in cognitive radio networks
  • Medium access control protocols with collaborative MIMOs
  • Interference mitigation in wireless body area networks
  • Multidisciplinary research on ubiquitous health systems (in collaboration with CSIRO - see Opportunities)
  • Localisation for wireless ad-hoc positioning systems (in collaboration with CSIRO - see Opportunities)
  • Green radio communications
  • Micro and nano-scale communications networks

Further Information

We welcome your enquiries about our work - please contact the Director, Professor Eryk Dutkiewicz


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