University of Edinburgh

The LiFi R&D centre is internationally renowned for its contributions to pioneering Li-Fi and accelerating its development worldwide. The LiFi R&D centre offers a state-of-the-art multiuser LiFi network test-bed for experimentation using off-the-shelf LED light bulbs connected to LiFi modems to support high-speed optical mobile internet communications. The centre incorporated LiFi technology into integrated low-cost, low-power small form-factor open hardware, creating the world’s first true IoT platform to test and evaluate LiFi in various applications. More recently, the LiFi R&D centre pioneered the use of photovoltaic panels as receivers in LiFi to enabled self-powered links. UoEd has a strong experimental focus and has received strong funding, participating in local, (inter)national research projects and collaborations.

The team

Professor Harald Haas – Chair of Mobile Communications

Professor Haas received his PhD degree from the University of Edinburgh in 2001.  He currently holds the Chair of Mobile Communications at the University of Edinburgh, and is co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of pureLiFi Ltd as well as the Director of the LiFi Research and Development Center at the University of Edinburgh.  His main research interests are in optical wireless communications, hybrid optical wireless and RF communications, spatial modulation, and interference coordination in wireless networks.  He first introduced and coined spatial modulation and LiFi.  LiFi was listed among the 50 best inventions in TIME Magazine 2011.

Mrs Hanaa Abumarshoud received the bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Ajman University of Science and Technology, UAE, in 2011, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Khalifa University, UAE, in 2013 and 2017, respectively. She is working as a research associate at the LiFi Research and Development Centre, Institute for Digital Communications (IDCOM), University of Edinburgh. Her main research interest is the application of information theory and signal processing techniques in optical communications with a particular focus on VLC and LiFi systems.