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Rahim Tafazolli, Regius Professor of Electronic Engineering. This royal recognition was awarded to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Rahim Tafazolli has been a Professor of Mobile and Satellite Communications at the University of Surrey since April 2000, the Director of Institute of Communication Systems (ICS) since January 2010 and the founder and Director of the 5G Innovation Centre since 2012. The world’s first dedicated centre on 5G research and innovation.
He has over 30 years of experience in digital communications research and teaching. He has authored and co-authored more than 500 research publications and is regularly invited to deliver keynote talks and distinguished lectures to international conferences and workshops.
Professor Tafazolli was the leader of study on “grand challenges in IoT” (Internet of Things) in the UK, 2011-2012, for RCUK (Research Council UK) and the UK TSB (Technology Strategy Board). He is regularly invited by governments to advise on national 5G research and strategy and was advisor to the Mayor of London with regard to the London Infrastructure Investment 2050 Plan.
In 2011, he was appointed as a Fellow of the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF) in recognition of his personal contributions to the wireless world as well as heading one of Europe's leading research groups. He was also awarded the 28th KIA Laureate Award- 2015 for his contribution to communications technology.