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Reference Number EP/I028153/1
Title Future Communications: People, Power and Performanace
Status Started
Energy Categories OTHER POWER and STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES(Electricity transmission and distribution) 5%;
NOT ENERGY RELATED 95%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Computer Science and Informatics) 20%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 80%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor D Bull
No email address given
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
University of Bristol
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 April 2011
End Date 30 September 2023
Duration 150 months
Total Grant Value £2,213,560
Industrial Sectors Aerospace; Defence and Marine; Communications; Electronics
Region South West
Programme NC : ICT
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor D Bull , Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Bristol (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Professor M Beach , Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Bristol (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Renishaw PLC (Old Town) (0.000%)
Project Contact , DSTL - Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (0.000%)
Project Contact , STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Airbus UK Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Innovation - BT Plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Toshiba Research Europe Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Arm Holdings (0.000%)
Project Contact , Thales Group, France (0.000%)
Project Contact , MBDA UK Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , NEC Telecom MODUS Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , CSR plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , General Dynamics UK Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , ICERA Inc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Imagination Technologies Ltd UK (0.000%)
Project Contact , Digital Communications Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Plessey Semiconductors Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Provision Communications Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , PicoChip Designs Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , GCHQ (0.000%)
Project Contact , Her Majesty's Government Communications (0.000%)
Project Contact , NMI (National Microelectronics Institute) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Thales Alenia Space UK Ltd (0.000%)
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Objectives
Abstract 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 teachingexpertise. 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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