Eddie Ball

MEng (First, York 1996), Chartered Engineer, MIET, MIEE

Eddie Ball

Reader in Wireless Communications

Department: Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Faculty: Engineering

Research expertise

  • Novel design and application of radio frequency (RF) technology (including non-communications applications)

  • High reliability radio links for power constrained devices, such as in future IoT nodes and networks

  • Indoor/outdoor user position detection systems, using energy-effective and cost-effective concepts


Telephone: +44 114 222 5839

Email: E.A.Ball@sheffield.ac.uk

University profile


Prior to starting at the University of Sheffield in November 2015, my career has been entirely in industry:

  • Tunstall Healthcare Ltd (Principal RF Engineer, Radio System Architect) 20112015

  • Cambridge Consultants Ltd (Principal RF Engineer in Wireless Business Unit) 1996–2011

My industrial expertise is in designing innovative, bespoke wireless and RF systems that require a balanced and holistic view of constituent and allied technologies, to achieve best partitioning for performance vs cost trade-off. I'm very experienced in hardware design for both high and low volume manufacture.

My reach extends from the pre-specification concept creation stage, through all theoretical aspects of RF design, to the practical lab bench development and field test; all core to the creation of a mass producible item.

Current research projects

The following relevant research topics are being formed:

  • High-reliability radio systems (for robust and dependable transmission of infrequent message events, such as applied to alarm systems).

  • RF systems for identifying user locations in indoor and outdoor scenarios associated with a dwelling (low power and cost effective radio technology, incorporating cloud processing for user position detection).

Additionally, the following themes are also being created:

  • Next-generation software defined radio architectures and subsystems (high-performance radio systems built using analogue RF hardware, digital hardware and DSP).

  • Millimetre wavelength and microwave RF transceivers and systems (high performance circuit concepts for future radio system and integrated circuit design).