IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications
31 August-3 September 2020 // Virtual Conference


PIMRC 2020 hosted from London will be the 31st International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications.

Hosted from University College London in the historic area of Bloomsbury the conference will build upon the success of previous years. Introducing the Practical and Experimental Systems track we hope that this years PIMRC will highlight some of the great practical systems and demonstrations alongside excellent fundamental and theoretical work. This approach is echoed in our keynote speakers and panels which will be announced in the coming month.

The move to a virtual conference, while not anticipates, we hope offers a great opportunity for the conference. It is our aim to provide an online experience that meets the high expectations you have of PIMRC. In addition the nature of such conference delivery opens up the attendance of the conference to those all over the world, and enables participation from those who may not otherwise have been able to attend physically.

Hosted from London the conference will retain a connection to the UK reflected by some of our keynotes, and we hope to showcase some of the great work currently being undertaken by the UK in the wireless communications arena.


The foundation for PIMRC was a 1989 workshop on Mobile Communications organized by Professor Aghvami of King’s College London with the cooperation of the local IEEE Communication Society Chapter.

As General Co-Chairs of the 2020 symposium Professor Aghvami along with Professor Darwazeh of University College London welcome the conference back to London.

With around thirty technical papers, the 1989 workshop was considered a success for this new industry that was about to explode. In 1990, King’s College organized a similar successful conference under the name ISSSTA.

The first PIMRC, as an international symposium, also took place in King’s College, with joint sponsorship of the local IEEE Communication Society Chapter and close cooperation with BT laboratories. Dr Rowbotham, director of BT Labs, was the honorary chairman, Prof Aghvami was the organizer and the TPC chair while Dr Kato and Prof Pahlavan were the area coordinators in Far East and North America, respectively. The conference attracted around 200 participants and several prominent figures in the industry.

Since these early days the conference has continued to grow and has circulated around the globe, successfully attracting more papers and participants. The conference is now seen internationally as one of the major yearly landmarks for the field and brings together industry and academia alike.

PIMRC Chronology

PIMRC 1991 in London, UK
PIMRC 1992 in Boston, MA, USA
PIMRC 1993 in Yokohama, Japan
PIMRC 1994 in The Hague, Netherlands
PIMRC 1995 in Toronto, ON., Canada,
PIMRC 1996 in Taipei, Taiwan
PIMRC 1997 in Helsinki, Finland
PIMRC 1998 in Boston, MA, USA
PIMRC 1999 in Osaka, Japan
PIMRC 2000 in London, UK
PIMRC 2001 in San Diego, USA
PIMRC 2002 in Lisbon, Portugal
PIMRC 2003 in Beijing, China
PIMRC 2004 in Barcelona, Spain
PIMRC 2005 in Berlin, Germany
PIMRC 2006 in Helsinki, Finland
PIMRC 2007 in Athens, Greece
PIMRC 2008 in Cannes, France
PIMRC 2009 in Tokyo, Japan
PIMRC 2010 in Istanbul, Turkey
PIMRC 2011 in Toronto, Canada
PIMRC 2012 in Sydney, Australia
PIMRC 2013 in London, UK
PIMRC 2014 in Washington DC, USA
PIMRC 2015 in Hong Kong, China
PIMRC 2016 in Valencia, Spain
PIMRC 2017 in Montreal, Canada
PIMRC 2018 in Bologna, Italy
PIMRC 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey
PIMRC 2020 in London, UK

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