Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Reader in Coding and Information Theory



+44 (0)20 7594 6214c.ling




815Electrical EngineeringSouth Kensington Campus





Dr. Ling's research covers communications, coding and information theory, and signal processing. Particular interests are

  • Wireless communications and networks
  • Compressed sensing and distributed signal processing
  • Network information theory and coding (including multi-terminal, cooperative communication)
  • Lattice methods for coding and security/cryptography (including codes and algorithms)
  • MIMO and MIMO-OFDM communication
  • Coding (turbo, LDPC and polar codes) and decoding algorithms
  • Noncoherent and differential communication
  • Spread spectrum, CDMA and multi-user communication

Past and current research projects (either as PI or CI)

  • IAWICOM (Interference Aligned Wireless Communications), European Commission FP7, 2013-2015
  • CSFDA (Compressive Sensing Frequency Diverse Array), European Commission FP7, 2012-2014
  • PHYLAWS (Physical Layer Wireless Security), European Commission FP7, 2012-2015
  • Bayesian compressed sensing, UK MoD UDRC, 2012-2013
  • Adaptive compressed sensing for wideband dynamic signals, UK MoD UDRC, 2011-2013
  • LACONIC: Lattice Coding for Multiuser Wireless Communications, European Commission FP7, 2011-2013
  • Lattice reduction for distributed multi-input multi-output communications, Royal Society of UK, 2011-2013
  • Enabling Flexible Networks: Network Coding, Mobile VCE and EPSR of UK, 2008-2010
  • Space-time communication over multiuser fading channels, Singapore Millennium Foundation, 2002-2004.
  • Differential space-time communications over mobile fading channels, Jiangsu Province Science Foundation, China, 2001-2003
  • Iterative (Turbo) Receiver Structures for the Future Generation Mobile Communications, National Science Foundation of China, 2000-2003
  • Turbo reception at low SNR, National high-technology development (863) program, China, 2001-2003.
  • FPGA implementation of Turbo codec, Eastcom, China, 2000-2001
  • DSP implementation of chaotic secure communication, Private funder, China, 2000
  • Chaos-based frequency-hopping and direct-sequence spread-spectrum communication, National Laboratory of Communications Antijamming, Chengdu, China, 1999-2001
  • Key technologies for information security and protection, National Science Foundation of China, 2000-2003


  • Timing, Range and Location Determining Method and Apparatus, UK patent filed 2013.



Matthieu Bloch, Georgia Institute of Technology, Physical layer security, 2012 - 2013

Shuiyin Liu, Monash University, lattice decoding, 2012 - 2013

Laura Luzzi, ENSEA, information theoretic security, 2012 - 2013

Jean-Claude Belfiore, Telecom ParisTech, lattice coding, 2008 - 2013

Nick Howgrave-Graham, NTRU, USA, lattice algorithms and cryptography, 2007 - 2013

Damien Stehle, Guillaume Hanrot, ENS Lyon, lattice coding, 2007 - 2013

Wai Ho Mow, Hong Kong University of Sciences and Technology, lattice algorithms, 2005 - 2013

Xiaofu Wu, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, communications, 1998 - 2013

Guest Lectures

The flatness factor in lattice network coding: Design criterion and decoding algorithm, International Zurich Seminar on Communications, Zurich, Switzerland, 2012

Lattice coding for communications and security: Two sides of one coin, Friedrich-Alexander-Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg, Germany, 2012

Bounded-distance lattice decoding and proximity factors, International Workshop on Coding and Cryptography, Qingdao, China, 2011

Lattices in communication, CIRM, Marseille, France, 2010

Gallager bounds for single and multi-antenna codes in fading channels, Hong Kong Universityof Science and Technology, Hong Kong, 2009

Research Staff