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Associate Professor

Justin Coon BSc MA PhD FIMA

Associate Professor of Engineering Science

Tutorial Fellow at Oriel College

TEL: 01865 283393


Professor Justin Coon received a BSc degree (with distinction) in electrical engineering from the Calhoun Honours College, Clemson University, USA and a PhD in communications from the University of Bristol, UK in 2000 and 2005, respectively. From 2004 -2013, he held various technical and management positions at Toshiba Research Europe Ltd. (TREL). Justin held a position as Reader in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Bristol from 2012 - 2013. In 2013, he moved to his current position at Oxford University.

Justin received TREL's Distinguished Research Award for work on essential features of 4G cellular technology. He also received two "best paper" awards for work on network theory and communication systems. His current research interests broadly comprise network theory and communication theory.

Research Interests

Justin’s group conducts research on a wide variety of information and communication technologies at many different scales and for a broad array of applications. Their focus ranges from system-level modelling and performance analysis for wireless networks to fundamental studies of new modulation schemes and programming techniques for non-volatile memory. They have published over 160 papers in leading journals (IEEE, APS) and conferences on these subjects.

An area of the group’s research that has gained attention lately has been related to the quantification of complexity and structure in spatial networks and random geometric graphs. A major line of investigation relates to how entropy measures of graphs can be exploited in the context of communication networks to improve performance. We are studying how network functions such as routing and topology discovery can be enhanced with knowledge of the network entropy.

Current Projects

Advanced Modulation for Spectrally Efficient Communication

Developing and evaluating new combinatorial modulation techniques for wireless communication.

Modelling and Analysis of Complex Networks

Characterising spatial network dynamics through an entropy formalism.

Spatially Embedded Networks

Studying the effects of boundaries on connectivity and structure in spatial networks.

Networked Quantum Information Technologies

An information theoretic study of how networks of quantum sensors can be classically connected through noisy channels.

Advanced Error Correction for Flash Memory

Devising new approaches to programming NAND flash memory devices based on communication theoretic techniques.

DPhil Opportunities

I am open to supervising students on projects related to network theory, communication theory, information theory, and nanoscale communications.