SWITCH: Simultaneous Wireless Information & Energy Transfer for Low-powered Communication technologies


  The main objective of the Hubs of Excellence call is to promote collaboration among private and public section research organizations and universities, in order to produce high quality –excellent- results.

   SWITCH research effort brings together the skills and scientific expertise of four different Cyprus’ research groups in the fields of Antennas/Microwaves (FRC and UCY/ECE) and Communications (UCY/IRIDA and OUC), and , with the profound experience and research calibre of an internationally distinguished research group from UK, (Heriot-Watt University), in order to implement, and experimentally assess, an entirely novel receiver topology for Simultaneous Wireless Information and Power Transfer (SWIPT). In close relation, it also investigates fundamental research problems related to the deployment of Wireless Powered Sensor Networks (WPSNs) and especially the transmitter’s desired characteristics. This proposed research, aims, and is expected to produce high quality publications and suggest technological advancements on topics related to Wireless Powered Communications (WPC).

  Within the last 20 years communications have been part of people’s lives in a decisive undeniable way. Appreciating the paramount importance of further development in the capacity and speed of future communication networks the European Commission has shared its 5G vision for the next generation of communication networks and services. Internet of Things (IoT) and Internet of Everything (IoE) will be an integrated part of future networks. Such low cost devices need to be stripped from the need and the overhead cost of battery replacement. Wireless power transfer (WPT) might provide an answer to this problem therefore significant research effort has been devoted recently towards this, cutting edge field. SWITCH team’s research excellence has been made evident in their published work, and their influence is reflected in the collective number of citations (>15 000). SWITCH research team has also the ambition to establish an effective and successful cross-disciplinary consortium that could claim further funding from future European and international calls, in order to produce tangible, commercially exploitable results, and create new research positions for young graduates and thus, to practically contribute, towards the sustainable development of the Research, Technological Development and Innovation (RTDI) System.


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