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The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering has an international reputation for world-leading research in areas such as mobile and wireless communication systems, microelectronics, electrical energy management, photonics and optical communications, artificial vision and image analysis, and high performance networks. It collaborates with over 30 industrial organisations and has been exceedingly successful in attracting substantial research funding from diverse sources in the UK, Europe and overseas.
The Department has a strong research profile, with 30 academic staff, more than 60 postgraduate research students and 30 full-time research assistants contributing to numerous research projects. The quality of our research is recognised nationally and internationally.
Research groups Modern communication systems and networks play a vitally important role in nearly every aspect of our society. The CSN Group has been at the forefront of world research for more than 25 years and its pioneering work impacts the energy, healthcare, transport, semiconductor and telecommunications sectors. The Group specializes in end-to-end wireless connectivity while focusing on the following activities:
* Antenna design and fabrication
* Channel measurement and prediction
* Information theory and advanced wireless access
* Broadband wireless (including 4G cellular)
* Network architectures and cross-layer interaction
* Gigabit wireless local/personal area networks
* Computational electromagnetics
* RF technologies
The Electrical Energy Management Group researches, designs, builds and tests advanced energy conversion systems containing renewable energy, power electronic and electro-mechanical conversion systems and energy storage elements, in order to optimize efficiency or power/ energy density. The Group places a growing emphasis on the efficient management of electrical energy and focuses its research in two main areas:
* More-Electric Technologies: modelling, design and optimisation of generators, motors and actuators for application in hybrid-electric vehicles and renewable energy conservation.
* Low-Power Systems: design and system level modelling of vibration energy harvesting devices and power electronic devices and circuits.
Vision science research at Bristol is at the forefront of the study of human and animal vision, artificial vision systems and image analysis. The Group is embodied by the Visual Information Laboratory, which stimulates interdisciplinary research in order to promote future development of this field. The Group's core research areas of coding and transport also include new parametric coding and analysis methods, distributed video coding and image fusion. The Group's activities fall into three main areas:
* Efficient Algorithms and Architectures
* Error Resilience and Transport
* Image and Video Content Analysis
Photonics, the science of light, is underpinning many recent developments in communications, solar power, lighting, data storage, displays and could even lead to a quantum revolution in computing. Optical fibre communications forms the backbone of all land based communications. The Photonics group is pursuing world leading research topics leading to cheaper, faster information and communication technologies, inexpensive sensors to revolutionize healthcare and new methods of harvesting renewable energy. Cutting-edge research focuses on three key areas:
* Photonic Quantum Information: secure quantum key distribution, photon sources, quantum gates and integrated quantum circuits.
* Optical Communications: optical transmission and optical switching technologies.
* Photonic Materials and Devices: low dimensional semiconductor quantum structures, photonic device fabrication and characterisation, nanophotonics, solar cells and sensors.
The Microelectronics Research Group is a team of world-leading academic experts in computer architecture, design verification, fault tolerance, reconfigurable technologies and high performance computing. The Group brings together researchers from a range of academic disciplines in order to address its primary research theme of 'Energy-Aware Computing' (EACO), with expertise across the entire system stack, from transistors up to software applications. High-Performance Networks
The High-Performance Networks Group (HPNG) specializes in the application of advanced technologies to future communication network infrastructures together with the study of control, node architectures, and technologies best suited for future requirements. The Group has a very strong collaborative profile and interacts with researchers and users in the UK, EU, US, Japan and China. Research areas include:
Optical packet, burst and circuit switched networks * High speed (ie 1Tbps) optical systems and networks
* Architecture on Demand
* Cloud Computing
* Active optical network architectures and technologies
* Programmable and flexible network protocols/algorithms/functionalities
Key research interests Communication Systems and Networks Professor Joe McGeehan (Head of Group), Communication systems engineering.
Dr Simon Armour, Advanced wireless communications.
Dr Mike Barton, Networks and protocols.
Professor Mark Beach, Advanced wireless access.
Dr Justin Coon, Communication theory and networks.
Professor Ian Craddock, Electromagnetics and antenna design.
Dr Angela Doufexi, Advanced wireless communications.
Dr Geoff Hilton, Antenna design and analysis.
Dr Dritan Kaleshi, Networks and protocols.
Dr Maciej Klemm, Microwave imaging.
Dr Kevin Morris, Efficient radio amplifier and system design.
Professor Andrew Nix, Wireless communications and propagation.
Dr Robert Piechocki, Communications Theory.
Professor Chris Railton, Computational electromagnets.
Dr Paul Warr, Radio frequency enabling technologies.
Electrical Energy Management Professor Phil Mellor (Head of Group), Electrical machines; power electronics and control.
Dr Bill Drury, Energy management; electrical machines and drives.
Dr Dave Drury, Electrical energy management and control.
Dr Duncan Grant, Motion control and energy management.
Dr Neville McNeill, Electrical power conversion.
Dr Bernard Stark, Sustainable energy management.
Dr Xibo Yuan, Electrical energy conversion.
High-performance Computing Professor Dimitra Simeonidou (Head of Group), Optical networks, clous computing and future internet.
Dr Reza Nejabati, Ultra-high-speed networks; future internet; network virtulalization service.
Dr Georgios Zervas, Flexible optical networks; network programmability and cognition; onchip and off-chip communication.
Microelectronics Dr Jose Nunez-Yanez, Reconfigurable computing and video coding.
Dr Dinesh Pamunuwa, Microelectronics.
Photonics Professor John Rarity (Head of Group), Quantum optics; wavelength scale structures.
Professor Martin Cryan, Photonic crystals and wireless-over-fibre.
Professor Jeremy O'Brien, Quantum information.
Dr Ruth Oulton, Spintronics.
Professor Judy Rorison, Semiconductor materials and devices.
Dr Mark Thompson, Photonic integrated quantum circuits and photonic devices.
Professor Siyuan Yu, Integrated photonic devices and optical communications.
Visual Information Professor Dave Bull (Head of Group), Image and video compression.
Dr Alin Achim, Statistical image and video processing.
Dr Dimitris Agrafiotis, Video transmission and error resilience.
Professor Nishan Canagarajah, Image and video processing.
Dr Naim Dahnoun, DSP and video processing.
An upper second-class degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject.
English Language RequirementsIELTS band: 6.5
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