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Justin Coon BSc MA PhD FIMA

Professor of Engineering Science

Tutorial Fellow at Oriel College

Director of 3rd Year Studies

TEL: 01865 283393


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.

Research Interests

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 and communication systems.  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 graph data.  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. 

Current Projects

Probabilistic Tomography of Wireless Networks (ProTo-Net)

Developing optimal methods of actively discovering or passively inferring network topologies and structures in wireless systems.

Limits on Compression of Graph Structured Data

Uncovering information theoretic results that govern lossy compression of random graphs.


Job Opportunities

I do not have any openings at this time.

Graduate Research

I am interested in supervising students on projects related to information theory and communications.

Unfortunately, I am unable to respond to all enquiries about graduate study.  However, I encourage prospective applicants to apply by the December deadline in order to be considered for scholarships.  Just enter my name as a possible supervisor in the appropriate place in the application form.