My Background

Ioannis Chatzigeorgiou

  • PhD (Cantab), SMIEEE, FHEA
  • Senior Lecturer
  • School of Computing & Communications, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
How to pronounce my name:

Ioannis (formal)
Yannis (informal)
Chatzigeorgiou (in English)
Χατζηγεωργίου (in Greek)

I am a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at the School of Computing and Communications and a senior member of Bowland College. I received the Dipl.-Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering from Democritus University of Thrace, Greece in 1997, the MSc degree in Satellite Communications Engineering from the University of Surrey in 2000 and the PhD degree from the University of Cambridge in 2007. From 2000 to 2002, I held positions in Marconi Communications in Beeston and Inmarsat in London. I joined Autonomy Corporation for a short period of time in 2006 but I returned to Cambridge University in 2007 as a Research Associate at the Computer Laboratory, where I remained until December 2009. Before joining Lancaster University as a Lecturer in October 2010, I was a Research Fellow at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim.

Research Interests

  1. Random linear coding over finite fields (2014-Present)
  2. Mathematical modelling and performance analysis of communication systems (2003-Present)
  3. Physical-layer protocols for cooperative and relay-aided communications (2007-2014)
  4. Convolutional coding, turbo coding and iterative decoding schemes (2002-2007)


A list of my academic qualifications, in reverse chronological order, is presented below:

  • 2010-2011Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)

    in Academic Practice,
    Organisation and Educational Development, Lancaster University, United Kingdom

  • 2002-2006Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

    in Communication Theory (supervised by Dr Ian J. Wassell),
    Department of Engineering / Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

  • 1999-2000Master of Science (MSc)

    in Satellite Communications Engineering (supervised by Prof. Rahim Tafazolli),
    Department of Electronic Engineering, University of Surrey, United Kingdom
    The Satellite Advisory Board Prize for the best MSc project

  • 1992-1997Engineering Diploma (Dipl.-Ing.)

    in Electrical Engineering (supervised by Dr Christos Koukourlis),
    Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
    Ericsson Award of Excellence for the best final year project
    The Technical Chamber of Greece Award for outstanding performance in 1996-1997

Career History

The positions that I held in academic institutions and companies are summarised below:

  • Oct.2010-Present Senior Lecturer (Aug. 2018 - present)
    Lecturer Grade 8 (Aug. 2014 - Jul. 2018)
    Lecturer Grade 7 (Oct. 2010 - Jul. 2014)

    School of Computing & Communications,
    Lancaster University, United Kingdom

  • Jan.-Sep.2010Postgraduate Reseach Fellow

    Department of Electronics & Telecommunications,
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway

  • Jan.2007-Dec.2009Postgraduate Reseach Associate

    Computer Laboratory,
    University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

  • Jul.-Nov.2006Software Engineer

    Autonomy Corporation (acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 2011),
    Cambridge, United Kingdom

  • Mar.2001-Mar.2002Resource Planning Engineer

    Satellite and Network Operations, Inmarsat, London, United Kingdom
    The "Customer-First" Award for customer service excellence

  • Oct.2000-Mar.2001Hardware Engineer

    Optical Networks, Marconi Communications (acquired by Ericsson in 2005),
    Beeston/Nottingham, United Kingdom

Professional Memberships

I am a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the British Higher Education Academy (HEA):

  • 2012-PresentHigher Education Academy

    Upon completion of the PGCert in Academic Practice at Lancaster University, I became a Fellow of HEA (FHEA).

  • 1999-PresentInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

    I started as a Student Member in 1999, I was elevated to Member in 2005 and then to Senior Member (SMIEEE) in 2015.

Small Grants & Scholarships

I am indebted to the sponsors listed below for providing me with the financial means to pursue my studies and progress my research career. Larger grants appear under "Research" on the navigation bar.

  • Feb.2018Erasmus+ Grant for Organisational Support

    to visit Istanbul Technical University in Turkey and explore avenues for future research collaboration. Total: €1,480.

  • Feb.2011-Jul.2012Early-Career Small Grant

    by Lancaster University to carry out research on energy efficent techniques for reliable information flow in wireless networks. Total: £6,340.

  • Jan.-Sep.2010Alain Bensoussan Fellowship

    by the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) to fully fund my post-doctoral position in Professor Ralf R. Müller's group at NTNU in Norway. Stipend of €3,050 per month. Total: €27,450 plus travel expenses.

  • Jun.-Jul.2008International Travel Grants

    by the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) and the Region of Piedmont to partially support my research visit to Professor Sergio Benedetto's group at Politecnico di Torino in Italy. Total: £600 by RAEng and €1,000 by the Region of Piedmont.

  • 2005Travel Grant

    by the Ford Britain Trust to partially support my participation in the International Conference on Telecommunications (ICT) in Cape Town, South Africa. Total: £500.

  • 2003Collegiate Bursary

    by Clare Hall to support promising research students at the University of Cambridge. Total: £1,000.

  • 1999-2000Onassis Scholarship

    by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation in Greece to fully support my MSc studies at the University of Surrey in the UK. Total: £6,876.