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DIT researcher wins SFI CONNECT Centre’s Excellence in Research Award

Posted: 16 October, 2018

Dr Adam Narbudowicz, a postdoctoral researcher in the DIT School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, has won the inaugural Excellence in Research Award from CONNECT, the Science Foundation Ireland research centre for future networks and communications.

Engineering - CONNECT Award Adam Narbudowicz

Adam, a Research Fellow in CONNECT, received the award for ground-breaking work on full-duplex radios, which could lead to more secure wireless communications.  

“A full-duplex radio doubles the communication speed of a wireless device," Adam explains. "The device can transmit and receive signals simultaneously – a feature currently not implemented in any commercial product. Its benefits are so great that this research area is sometimes called the holy grail of telecommunications. My focus is on the design of the antennas used in these radios. The antenna’s performance is vitally important for the operation of the radio. perfect full-duplex antenna is capable of transmitting and receiving simultaneously, but cannot be more than 50% energy efficient. We have been trying to achieve as close to 50% as possible." 

Congratulating Dr Narbudowicz, Professor Max Ammann said, “This is a well-deserved recognition of Dr Narbudowicz’s ability to combine basic theoretical research with commercially-oriented investigation. This is his third award in under a year, having already won prizes at the International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation (ISAP) in Thailand, and just recently during the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) EURASIP Summer School on Signal Processing in Italy. His research on the fundamental efficiency limits of antennas for full duplex radio has been accepted for publication in IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine. This is a top-tier telecommunications journal with an impact factor of 9.2, and an indicator of the quality of his research.” 

Adam is also researching ways of improving security for Internet of Things devices, which are becoming increasingly common in homes and work places, and he is leading a project on radar to accurately detect drones. The work, conducted at Professor Ammann’s Antenna and High Frequency Research Centre at DIT, has already won funding from Enterprise Ireland, and has been supported by the National Digital Research Centre's pre-commercialisation boot camp. 

The CONNECT Excellence in Research award was named in memory of Professor Tom Brazil, a principal investigator at the CONNECT Centre in UCD, who passed away unexpectedly earlier this year. 

Adam is also an EDGE research fellow. EDGE is a Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie COFUND Action offering prestigious fellowships for experienced researchers moving to Ireland. He has also held an Irish Research Council Elevate Fellowship. He also collaborates with Professor Nicola Marchetti’s complex systems research group in Trinity College Dublin.