Dr. Coon is a Professor of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford and the Emmott Fellow in Engineering Science at Oriel College. He teaches several modules on communication theory and systems in the undergraduate Engineering Science course at Oxford. Dr. Coon's research interests lie in the fields of information theory and digital / wireless communications. He has published more than 200 papers in IEEE and APS journals and conferences and is a named inventor on more than 40 patents. He has served as an Editor for several IEEE journals and has chaired or co-chaired several IEEE conferences. Dr. Coon is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Fellow of the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA). He also provides expert advice to businesses and in matters of intellectual property litigation.
Prof. Coon is the head of the Information and Network Science Lab at Oxford, which is focused on projects related to a broad array of theories and technologies. The Lab's work touches upon information theory, communication systems, network science, and electro-fluidics. Members of the INS Lab have contributed approximately 200 papers to leading journals (IEEE, APS) and conferences on these topics.
An area of the Lab's research that has gained attention lately has been related to the quantification of complexity and structure in spatial networks. A major line of investigation relates to how entropy measures of graphs can be exploited in data science and communication contexts to improve the compressibility of structured information. To this end, one project led by Prof. Coon is aimed at determining how network functions such as routing and topology discovery can be enhanced with knowledge of the network entropy.
Probabilistic Tomography of Wireless Networks (ProTo-Net)
Developing optimal methods of actively discovering or passively inferring network topologies and structures in wireless systems.
Electrophoretic Molecular Communication
Enhancing fluid-based lab-on-chip technology using electromagnetics and information theory.
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I am interested in supervising students on projects related to information theory and communications.
Prospective applicants should get in touch early to discuss projects and funding opportunities. Scholarship applications must be submitted in December of the year prior to matriculation.