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Research staff profile: introducing... Christos Politis

Tell us about yourself

Professor Christos Politis

I am Professor of Wireless Communications at Kingston University, School of Computer Science and Mathematics (CSM). I am also the co-Director of the Digital Information Research Centre (DIRC); with a staff of about 25 academics, 20 postdoctoral researchers and over 60 PhD students, making it one of the largest in the field in the UK.

Upon joining Kingston University in 2007, I co-founded and led a research group on Wireless Multimedia & Networking (WMN). I teach modules on wireless systems and networks. Prior to this, I worked for Ofcom, the UK Regulator and Competition Authority, as a Senior Research Manager.

While at the University of Surrey, I was a postdoctoral researcher working on virtual distributed testbeds in the Centre for Communication Systems Research (now the 5G Innovation Centre). This was preceded by placements with Intracom-Telecom SA and Maroussi 2004 SA in Athens, Greece. I have managed to secure funding from the EU and UK research and technology frameworks under the ICT and Security programmes.

What is your current research focused on?

I am currently working on an EPSRC (UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) funded project called "Distributed Autonomous and Resilient Emergency Management System". This is to develop, together with the University of Surrey and the University of Glasgow, an emergency communications system to be trialled in Malaysia.

What are you passionate about?

Research and my family!

How does your research affect people's everyday lives?

Since I joined Kingston back in 2007, we have been working on emergency communications and participated in several national and EU research and technology projects. All these activities have created impact on people; 9 PhD awards, 1 patent, several scientific publications, one University spin-off company and our algorithms included in the products of a large UK/ US company. Furthermore, we have built an app which can be used by the general public to communicate in case of an extreme event or catastrophe.

If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?

Political elites and nepotism.

With unlimited research budget, I would...

Contribute (from the engineering perspective) to relieving the pain of patients with chronic diseases. I am currently working on an e-Health project with several research and medical institutions from Europe, China and the US. More information on the project can be found here: Outlook – Visions and research directions for the Wireless World.

What is the best thing about researching at Kingston University?

Flexibility and open minds.

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