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Name Nolan, Keith Edward
Main Department Electronic & Elect. Engineering
College Title Research Fellow
College Tel +353 1 896 8443
Keith Nolan is a Research Fellow in Trinity College Dublin in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and currently with the Telecommunications Research Centre (CTVR). Dr. Nolan received his Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering in 2005, which focused on reconfigurable orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) systems. Within CTVR at TCD, he is leading a number of industry-focused commercialization projects based on machine to machine (M2M) communications, CR and SDR, and DSA systems. Dr. Nolan chairs a working group on economic aspects of CR/SDR regulation within a European collaborative project called COST-TERRA. He also acts as a liaison officer between the Wireless Innovation Forum (WInnF) and COSTTERRA and COST-IC0902, vice-chair of the WInnF regulatory committee, and vice-chair/co-founder of the UK&RI chapter of the IEEE vehicular technology society.
Details Date
Invited key speaker at the 2008 IET cognitive radio and software defined radio: technologies and techniques seminar 18 September 2008
Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
Details Date From Date To
Member IEEE 2000 -
Member of the Irish Radio Transmitters Society (IRTS) 1997 -
Member IEEE Communications Society 2001
Member IEEE Signal Processing Society 2001
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Awards and Honours
Award Date
IRCSET Government of Ireland Research Scholarship 2002
Collen Prize 2000
Software Defined Radio Forum Outstanding Paper Award October 2008
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Medium Medium Medium
German Medium Medium Medium
Description of Research Interests
  • Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM).
  • Reconfigurable software radio.
  • Cognitive radio and cognitive networks.
  • Software defined radio.
  • Adaptive modulation and modulation scheme recognition.
  • Forward-looking dynamic wireless systems.
  • Interference.
  • Mesh networks and collaboration.
  • Synchronisation techniques.
  • Signal-processing for wireless communications.
  • Wireless signal propagation.
Currently pursuing these research interests with:
Centre for Telecommunications Value-Chain Research (CTVR) and the Networks and Telecommunications Research Group (NTRG)

Research Interests
Algebraic topology Algorithms and complexity Antennae Antennae and Wave Guides
Applied information systems Broadband Technologies COGNITION Caffeine
Circuits and Systems Cognitive Radio Communication Sciences Communication Systems
Communication engineering, technology Communication theory Communications Warfare Communications engineering
Complex/Intelligent Systems Computational mathematics, discrete mathematics Computer Architecture Computer Networks
Computer Programming Languages Control Systems (Electronic) Dependable Systems Digital systems, representation
Dynamic Spectrum Access Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks Dynamic Spectrum Management Electrical Engineering/Electronics
Electronic Warfare Financial mathematics High Performance Computing High frequency technology, microwaves
High performance computing Information management Internet technologies Ionospheric Phenomena
Ionospheric Physics Ionospheric Propagation Knowledge and data engineering Local Area Networks
MODULATION Mathematical analysis Medical Electronics Meteorology
Microelectronics Mobile Applications Mobile Communications Mobile Computing
Mobile Networks Multimedia/Interactive Communications Technol Network management Network technology, Security
Networks and telecommunications research Numerical analysis Optical Communications Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM)
Pattern Recognition Peripherals technologies Probability Programming, Information systems
Radiation Physics Radio/Radar Astronomy Radiosources, Infrared, X-ray, Gamma Ray Real-Time Computing
Reconfigurable Radio Remote sensing SPREAD SPECTRUM COMMUNICATION Satellite Communication
Satellite Tracking Satellite, Technology, Systems, Positioning, Communication Signal Analysis Signal processing
Signal-processing Software Engineering Software Radio Spectrum Trading
Statistics Stochastic Processes Systems control, Modelling, Neural networks Systems/Control
Telecommunication Engineering Telecommunications Telecommunications Policy Telecommunications Research
Time Frequency and Wavelet Analysis Time frequency techniques Ubiquitous Computing Warfare Technologies
Wireless Networks Wireless systems, Radio technology
Research Projects
Project title FlexRad - software-defined radio system
Summary Leading a project to further develop and commercialise a reconfigurable rapid-protoyping software-defined radio system that enables wireless and wired communications companies get to service trials quickly. A number of product prototypes are also being developed in-house using this system as part of the spin-out company that will emerge from this project.
Funding Agency Enterprise Ireland
Programme CFTD
Type of Project Research commercialisation
Date from February 2008
Date to September 2010
Person Months 30

Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
Keith Nolan, Przemyslaw Pawelczak, Ser Wah Oh, Danijela Cabric, Cognitive Radio: Ten Years of Experimentation and Development, IEEE Communications Magazine, (March 2011), 2011
TARA - Full Text
Value-Creation and Migration in Adaptive and Cognitive Radio Systems in, editor(s)Huseyin Arslan , Cognitive Radio, Software Defined Radio and Adaptive Wireless Systems, Springer , 2007, [Keith E. Nolan, Francis J. Mullany, Eamonn Ambrose, Linda E. Doyle]
Notes: [Chapter 5]
Keith E. Nolan and Linda E. Doyle, Teamwork and Collaboration in Cognitive Wireless Networks , IEEE Wireless Communications, 14, (4), 2007, p22 - 27
Nolan K.E., Mackenzie P., Doyle L., Flood D.,, Implementation of a General Purpose Processor Platform Based OFDM Software Radio System, Irish Signals and Systems Conference (ISSC) 2003, University of Limerick, July 1-2, 2003, pp406 - 411
Nolan,K.E., Doyle,L., O'Mahony,D. and Mackenzie, P, Signal Space-based Adaptive modulation for Software Radio, IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference WCNC 2002, Orlando, Florida, March 17-21, 2002, pp510 - 515
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