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EP/I028153/1 - Future Communications: People, Power and Performanace

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Professor D Bull EP/I028153/1 - Future Communications: People, Power and Performanace

Principal Investigator - Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Bristol

Other Investigators

Professor M Beach, Co InvestigatorProfessor M Beach

Scheme

Centre for Doctoral Training

Research Areas

Digital Signal Processing Digital Signal Processing

ICT Networks & Distributed Systems ICT Networks & Distributed Systems

Optical Communications Optical Communications

RF & Microwave Communications RF & Microwave Communications

RF & Microwave Devices RF & Microwave Devices

Collaborators

Toshiba Research Europe Limited Toshiba Research Europe Limited

Thales Research and Technology UK Ltd Thales Research and Technology UK Ltd

Systems Engineering Assessment Ltd (SEA) Systems Engineering Assessment Ltd (SEA)

STFC - Laboratories STFC - Laboratories

Renishaw Plc Renishaw Plc

Provision Communications Ltd Provision Communications Ltd

Plessey Semiconductors Ltd Plessey Semiconductors Ltd

PicoChip Designs Limited PicoChip Designs Limited

NEC Telecom MODUS Ltd NEC Telecom MODUS Ltd

National Microelectronics Institute National Microelectronics Institute

MBDA UK Ltd MBDA UK Ltd

Imagination Technologies Ltd Imagination Technologies Ltd

ICERA Inc ICERA Inc

Her Majesty's Government Communications Her Majesty's Government Communications

General Dynamics UK Ltd General Dynamics UK Ltd

GCHQ GCHQ

EADS Airbus EADS Airbus

Digital Communications - KTN Digital Communications - KTN

Defence Science & Tech Lab DSTL Defence Science & Tech Lab DSTL

CSR plc CSR plc

BT Innovate BT Innovate

ARM Ltd ARM Ltd

Start Date

04/2011

End Date

09/2019

Value

£2,200,000

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Grant Description

Summary and Description of the grant

The Communications sector is a vital component within the UK economy, with revenues in this area totalling around 129B. Recognised as a key enabler of telecommunications, broadcasting and ICT, communications is also poised to be a transformational technology in areas such as energy, the environment, health and transport. The UK is well placed to reap the full economic and social benefits enabled by communications and investment in a CDT, embracing the breath and reach of the discipline, will help to facilitate our economic recovery and growth and enhance our global standing.There is a serious and growing concern over the future availability of suitably skilled staff to work in the communications sector in the UK. International competition is fierce, with large investments being made by competitor countries in research and in the training of personnel. IT and telecoms companies in the UK are reporting difficulties in attracting candidates with the right skills. In this context, the National Microelectronics Institute and the IET have warned that the ICT sector is facing a growing recruitment crisis with little confidence that the problem will improve in the short or medium term. Various organisations (eg DC-KTN and Royal Academy of Engineering) with support from industry are addressing this issue but acknowledge that it cannot be achieved without relevant high quality under- and postgraduate degrees through which specialist skills can be obtained.To address this shortage, a new Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in 'Future Communication' is proposed. The University of Bristol has a world leading reputation in this field, focused on its Centre for Communications Research (CCR), but built on close collaboration between colleagues from Mathematics, Computer Science, Safety Systems and industry. Our vision is to establish a world-leading research partnership which is focused on demand and firmly footed in a commercial context, but with freedom to conduct academically lead blue skies research.The Bristol CDT will be focused on people: not just as research providers, but also as technology consumers and, importantly, as solutions to the UK skills shortage. It will develop the skilled entrepreneurial engineers of the future, provide a coherent advanced training network for the communications community that will be recognised internationally and produce innovative solutions to key emerging research challenges. Over the next eight years, the CDT will build on Bristol's core expertise in Efficient Systems and Enabling Technologies to engineer novel solutions, offering enhanced performance, lower cost and reduced environmental impact. The taught component of the Programme will build on our MSc programme in Communication Systems & Signal Processing, acknowledged as leading in the UK, complemented by additional advanced material in statistics, optimisation and Human-Computer Interaction. This approach will leverage existing commitment and teaching expertise. Enterprise will form a core part of the programme, including: Project Management, Entrepreneurship, Public Communication, Marketing and Research Methods. Through its research programme and some 50 new PhD students, the CDT will undertake fundamental work in communication theory, optimisation and reliability. This will be guided by the commercial imperatives from our industry partners, and motivated by application drivers in Smart Grid, transport, healthcare, military/homeland security, safety critical systems and multimedia delivery. While communications technology is the enabler it is humans that are the consumers, users and beneficiaries in terms of its broader applications. In this respect we will focus our research programme on the challenges within and interactions between the key domains of People, Power and Performance.

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Grant Event Details:
Name: Future Communications: People, Power and Performanace - EP/I028153/1
Start Date: 2011-04-01T00:00:00+00:00
End Date: 2019-09-30T00:00:00+00:00

Organization: University of Bristol

Description: The Communications sector is a vital component within the UK economy, with revenues in this area totalling around 129B. Recognised as a key enabler of telecommunications, broadcasting and ICT, communications is also poised to be a transformational technolo ...