The Li-Fi Research and Development Centre (The Centre) is dedicated to accelerating the development of Li-Fi as a major global industry, through creating a pipeline for innovative ideas, technologies, products and partnerships.

About the centre

The Li-Fi R&D Centre conducts internationally leading research in collaboration with, and on behalf of industry. It aims to accelerate society’s adoption of Li-Fi and emerging wireless technology through engagement with major industrial partners, to fully harness the commercial and innovative potential of Li-Fi, and to help establish a major new £5 billion ($8.5 billion) Li-Fi industry by 2018.

The UK based research and development centre was formed in 2013, and stems from research into fundamental communications science begun in 2002 that has now received in excess of £8 million ($13.5 million) of competitively won funding.

By facilitating collaboration between industry, internationally renowned experts from the University of Edinburgh, and other key research institutes around the world, the Centre is taking emerging Li-Fi technologies through into mainstream applications that will soon begin to impact on many aspects of the modern world. The Centre, with its partners and collaborators, will foster the wide spread market adoption of Li-Fi technologies.

The Centre continues to drive all aspects of Li-Fi communication from novel devices, through to the integration of Li-Fi access points in agile heterogeneous 5G and 6G networks enabled by emerging software defined networking (SDN) infrastructures.

Our Vision

Li-Fi is a technology with enormous potential to create societal benefits through enhancing the communications infrastructure of the future.

The Li-Fi R&D Centre’s activities are dedicated to accelerating the development of Li-Fi as a major global industry, through creating a pipeline for innovative ideas, technologies, products and partnerships. The scope is across the full chain of technologies required for the realisation of Li-Fi deployment.

The Centre brings together:

  • University research capability
  • Major international electronics companies (routes to market)
  • SME engagement and company formation (new products)

By employing our advanced research and complex architectures, the Centre will assist in the creation of marketable Li-Fi products, spin-out Li-Fi related companies, promote knowledge exchange within the global Li-Fi community, including providing recommendations for industry standards, and provide expertise and services that accelerate the adoption of Li-Fi technology within specific applications.

Our approach

Flexible Open Collaboration model

The Li-Fi R&D Centre operates a ‘Flexible Open Collaboration’ model. It has taken inspiration from centres with models already proven to operate successfully in a UK context over a number of years including among others, the Division of Signal Transduction Therapy in Dundee and the Centre for Secure Information Technologies in Belfast. In general, members work together to share risks and costs, while benefiting from outputs rather than directly competing.

One to one collaborations are also offered, with a range of services and consultations performed on a confidential basis between the academic partner and industrial partner.

This customised strand of the model complements the benefits of the open forums and the sharing of results through resources available to all the partner companies and their staff.

Strategic Partners

The Centre is engaging with selected Strategic Partners to be founder members of the Centre. In return for a strategic investment, Strategic Partners will obtain a place on the Steering Board of the Centre, provide representation for a global industry sector, be able to provide input on the overall structure of programmes, and be automatically enrolled as Full Programme Members for a period of four years.

Full Programme Members

The membership model provides a high positive gearing of subscription cost to level of benefit provided to Members, and ensures the long term viability of the centre.

Full Programme Members obtain access to Li-Fi technical developments, including: designated IP; research information ahead of publication; an input to the development and specification of technology programmes; and options to participate in specific projects, including joint industry projects and one-to-one collaborations.

Project Associate Members

Associate membership provides access to open collaboration initiatives and allows participation in specific projects along with Full Programme Members.

Membership

Contact us to find our more about partnering with the Li-Fi R&D Centre.

Facilities

The Li-Fi R&D Centre laboratory is currently located in the Alexander Graham Bell building on the Kings Buildings campus of the University of Edinburgh.

The lab consists of both office and experimental space. The office space houses up to 5 researchers at a time. The experimental space of the laboratory currently consists of 5 electronics benches and a soldering station.

The Centre has a vast catalogue of equipment at its disposal. Some of the highlights include a 12×12 MIMO testbed from National Instruments, a 8 GHz bandwidth oscilloscope, 4.2 GSps function generator, and a 3GHz noise figure analyzer.

In addition to that more oscilloscopes, function generators, vector network analyzers, spectrum analyzers and bench top power supplies are available.

The lab also makes use of 5 self-supported portable optical breadboards and a vast array of optical components for experiments that require precise optics setups.

Being located on the engineering campus of University of Edinburgh, the Li-Fi R&D Centre is able to leverage the manufacturing capabilities available there. The Centre has access to PCB manufacture facilities, a mechanical workshop, which among other things includes a 3D printer and a 5-axis CNC machine.

The Scottish Microelectronics Centre is also located nearby, which is beneficial when working with ASICs.

LOCATION

Address

The Li-Fi Research & Development Centre
Alexander Graham Bell Building
King’s Buildings
Mayfield Road
Edinburgh EH9 3JL
Scotland, UK

The Li-Fi R&D Centre is based in the Alexander Graham Bell Building on the University of Edinburgh’s King’s Buildings campus to the south of Edinburgh’s city centre.

King's Buildings campus mapCampus location

The location of the Alexander Graham Bell Building on the University of Edinburgh’s King’s Buildings campus is identified by the black ring on this map

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