2011年6月14日上午，爱丁堡大学工程学院数字通信研究所John Thompson教授来访信研院无线中心，并作了题为“Green Radio Techniques for Improved Wireless Basestation Design”和“Complexity reduced MIMO detectors and their FPGA implementations”的两个学术报告。无线中心首席科学家周世东教授主持了报告会，并介绍了无线中心的主要研究方向以及在绿色通信方面的研究进展。双方在报告会后还讨论了未来在无线通信物理层实现技术、绿色通信等领域的合作方向，并一致同意未来建立教师和学生的不定期互访机制。最后，John Thompson教授还参观了无线中心的实验室及部分核心技术展示。
John Thompson received the PhD degree from the University of Edinburgh in 1996. Since September 1999, he has been on the academic staff at the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. In October 2005, he was promoted to the position of reader, equivalent to assistant professor in the USA. His research interests currently include signal processing algorithms for wireless systems, antenna array techniques and multihop wireless communications. He has published approximately 200 papers to date including a number of invited papers, book chapters and tutorial talks, as well as co-authoring an undergraduate textbook on digital signal processing. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the IET Signal Processing journal in 2007. He was a technical programme co-chair for IEEE Globecom 2010 held in Miami and and also served in the same role for the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), held in Glasgow in June 2007.