|Oct 28||-||Win a trip to Vancouver!|
|Oct 23||-||Facial re-identification for biometric recognition on combined real-virtual environments|
|Oct 10||-||Asidua Scholarships - Application process now open|
|Oct 3||-||Power Academy Scholarships – Information Session|
|Oct 3||-||Queen’s University in £400,000 bid to reduce cyber-attack threats to national grid|
|Sep 8||-||Lessons in Engineering Innovation|
|Jun 24||-||Legacy Gift awarded in Dragon’s Den Style Competition|
|May 29||-||Queen’s MSc prepares students to build wireless Internet of Things|
Calling all EEECS Stage 3 students interested in medical applications of software and electronics.
- want to win an all expenses trip to Vancouver in July 2015?
- want work on new biomedical technology for a connected health application?
- have skills in app programming or skills in electronics and/or embedded systems?
- want to work in a team with two PhD students and two of the schools leading academics in medical applications of software and electronics?
If the answer to these questions is YES then simply send an e-mail to Dr Gareth Conway (email@example.com) with a maximum of 100 words on why you should join the team. Your statement should state what skills you could bring to the project and should indicate your current degree programme.
The deadline for applications is Saturday 1st November 2014.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Professor William Scanlon
Director of Research
Wireless Communication Systems
The School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EEECS) is fielding a team for the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) Antenna Design Contest. The EEECS team already consists of two PhD students and two academics (Dr Conway and Dr Brian Murphy) and we need two undergraduate students to join the team.
The contest goal is "to design and build an antenna that is optimized for on-body placement in a body area networks (BAN) application of our choice, such as fall detection or monitoring of vital signs". However, the solution must include a data-collecting sensor, connected to a Bluetooth transceiver. The transceiver is connected to the antenna to transfer the data to a custom-built app on an Android smartphone. This requires a multi-disciplinary approach, not just antenna design! We expect that one of the undergraduate students will work on the app side of the system, whereas the other will work on the electronics side. More details will be provided to the selected undergraduates.
The project will involve an initial completion of ideas (Nov 2015), and team proposals shortlisted by the IEEE panel, who reach the semi-final will be funded to attend the 2015 IEEE APS conference in Vancouver Canada in July 2015.
If you think you have what it takes, contact ASAP!
DEL CAST PhD Studentship
Applications are invited for a PhD Research Studentship to commence January 2015 in the area of:
The successful candidate will be based in the Centre for Secure Information Technologies, the UK's Innovation and Knowledge Centre for secure information technologies. Our research groups are developing novel technologies for key areas: Securing digital assets, Securing digital devices and Securing digital citizens. Our vision is to be a global innovation hub for cyber-physical security.
The 3 year PhD studentship will be carried out in collaboration with Chemring Technology Solutions, a world-class electronics engineering company that provides contract research, product development and manufacturing for a wide range of UK and international customers. Combining world-class technology expertise with commercial acumen, they exploit innovative research and development into leading products, services and technology.
The studentship includes both fees and a tax-free maintenance allowance of around £18,000 for UK citizens and £13,000 for EU citizens p.a. for three years with a budget for travel and equipment (subject to eligibility criteria).
A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, or a mathematics based discipline is required.
Applicants should apply electronically through the Queen's online application portal at https://pg.apply.qub.ac.uk/home
Further information available at:
Contact details: Dr Jesus Martinez del Rincon
ECIT - Queen's University Belfast Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 1779
Northern Ireland Science Park Fax: +44 (0)28 9097 1702
Queen’s Road, Queen’s Island Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Belfast, BT3 9DT, N. Ireland, UK Web: http://www.ecit.qub.ac.uk
The deadline for submission of applications is 1st December 2014
The Asidua Scholarship Programme supplements the academic learning from University with real-life business experience, working with ICT Professionals who are more than happy to share their knowledge and understanding.
The Asidua Scholarship at Queen’s University will support students studying the following degree courses:
Asidua's Queen's University Belfast Scholarship Programme for the 2014/2015 academic year is now open to application. Apply here before the closing date – 24 October 2015 at 5pm
Open to all Electrical and Electronic Engineering undergraduates at Queen’s University (except final years)
Wed 8th Oct 2014, 1-3pm,
Room GM001 Ashby Building
No need to register – just come along
At this event you will receive an overview of the Power Academy, including key dates; hear from current scholars and also have the opportunity to speak to representatives of some of the companies involved.
What is the Power Academy?
The Power Academy is a unique partnership between industry and academia, established to address the looming skills shortage in power engineering through a combination of financial support and workplace mentoring for students. There are just 8 UK universities in the Power Academy.
Sponsoring companies include NIE, ABB, Atkins, BAE Systems, Costain, CCFE, London Underground, Mitsubishi Electric, National Grid, Northern Power Grid, Npower, Rolls Royce, Scottish Power, SSE, Siemens, UK Power Networks, Western Power Distribution.
Number of Scholarships
54 scholarships are on offer this year to Electrical and Electronic Engineering students across the 8 participating universities. Only 8 UK Universities are in the Power Academy Scheme, of which Queen’s University is one. These are the top UK universities for electrical power engineering in the UK.
What are the benefits?
A Power Academy scholarship provides:
Who can apply?
All Electrical and Electronic Engineering undergraduates (except final years) in the 8 participating universities may apply. It is open to Home and EU students only.
For further information
If you have any queries about this event, email Gemma O’Donnell, email@example.com.
For further information on the Power Academy, visit – http://conferences.theiet.org/power-academy/
Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have received funding of almost £400,000 to reduce cyber-attack threats to the UK’s national grid.
The project aims to identify vulnerabilities within the national grid as wind and solar generated electricity become more widely used. The grid operates over the telecoms network making it vulnerable to cyber-attack.
The research is one of four new projects which make up a £2.5million initiative, co-funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and UK’s National Cyber Security Programme, which will focus on the cyber-security of the UK’s critical infrastructure including manufacturing plants, power stations, the electricity grid, and the rail network.
Professor Sakir Sezer, from the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) at Queen’s, said: “Presently, Ireland frequently operates with over 50 per cent of electricity supplied by wind generation. Operating the system with such high levels of renewable generation is a challenge, and requires complex wide area monitoring and control.
“Should the telecoms systems that support the control system be compromised, the impact of the resultant loss of electricity supply would have far-reaching consequences for society. This would involve loss of consumer supply, supply to hospitals, industry, and would even affect the gas, water and sewage networks.
“The researchers will demonstrate assured and improved operational decision making and lay the groundwork for a new, cyber-threat resilient, control architecture for the grid.”
The Research Institute in Trustworthy Industrial Control Systems (RITICS), based at Imperial College London, is co-ordinating the overall research with projects at Queen’s, the University of Birmingham, City University London and Lancaster University.
The research teams will work with industry partners to understand and analyse the risks from cyber-attack, examine how risk is communicated to business and provide effective interventions to counter the risk. Metrics and software tools will be produced so that non-technical decision makers can assess cyber-security in the context of their business.
Professor Chris Hankin, from the RITICS at Imperial College London, said, “Where control systems are linked to the internet we need to understand how failures could cascade across the system. We will be looking at new ways of repairing damage to systems if an attack happens.
“We need to address how to approach network maintenance for industrial control systems, particularly as most systems operate on a 24/7 basis. So we will be looking at how we can ensure better protection without compromising performance.”
Media inquiries to Claire O’Callaghan, Queen’s Communications Office on firstname.lastname@example.org or 02890973087.
A device to help you pour the perfect stout or an innovative technology to assist drivers in reversing a vehicle up to a trailer are just two examples of the inventions featured in an innovative new book about developing a product for commercialisation. Entitled 'Engineering Innovative Products: A Practical Experience' the book provides a practical insight in to the steps involved in setting up a company from scratch, and is based on the experiences of engineering students and staff at Queen’s University Belfast.
Prof Roger Woods, a member of the lecturing staff in the University, is the main author of the book which draws on the experiences of students in undertaking their 3rd year industrial projects as part of MEng degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Product Design and Development at the University. As a direct result of the courses, students have had a number of successes, with many winning awards and taking their ideas forward and setting up companies - a number of which are discussed in the book. The book also features insights from staff that have set up their own businesses, as well as industry experts.
Professor Woods commented: “As our students work in project teams to develop a product which aims to be commercially viable, they gain excellent real-life experience in setting up a company. In the book, an insight is not only provided into these experiences, but also from those of staff who have set up their own companies. I myself am a founder of a University spin-off company, Analytics Engines, which is a global leader in providing solutions to speed up analytics for Big Data.” Queen's University has a long history of innovation success and is one of the most successful universities in the UK for spin-outs, the portfolio of which has a combined turnover of £144m.
Professor Andy Hopper from the University of Cambridge, himself a leading entrepreneur, provided the forward and warmly recommends the book. He commented: “The book takes the reader through all the essential steps in creating a successful business’’ and believes that, as a result of publication of the book: “The chances of successful innovation in engineering will be much improved.”
Steve Orr, Director of the Northern Ireland science Park Connect Programme which aims to link entrepreneurs with resources they need for success, commented: “The book provides vital insights into commercial development for engineering in a highly practical and applied manner” and added that: “It has allowed students to develop their commercial literacy and ambition in the University.”
‘Engineering Innovative Products: A Practical Experience' is of benefit to students and staff at universities involved in engineering innovation, as well as anyone considering setting up their own company. Details can be found at Wiley at the following link http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118757734.html.
Dr Wenping Cao from the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EEECS) has been awarded the Faudell Harvey Gould Legacy Gift in a Dragons’ Den competition for EEECS academics. The Legacy Gift of £10,000 was bestowed on Queen’s by the Estate of Faudell Harvey Gould to fund research into new sources of energy and power.
Academics in EEECS were invited to pitch a proposal for funding to a panel of three Dragons before an audience of staff and students at the Ashby Building on Friday 20 June. The panel of Dragons comprised Dr Dermot Leonard, who leads the Business Alliance team within the Research and Enterprise Directorate at QUB; Professor William Scanlon, Director of Research in the EEECS Digital Communications research cluster; and Professor Brendan Fox, Emeritus Professor in the Energy, Power and Intelligent Control (EPIC) research cluster.
Dr Cao’s pitch in favour of ‘Bridging the Gap in Power Electronics Research’ was deemed by the Dragons to be the outstanding proposal for Legacy Gift funding. Dr Cao argued that Queen’s should further its research into the enabling technology of power electronics, which is of critical importance in establishing a low-carbon economy in the United Kingdom. Dr Cao will use the Legacy Gift to develop three 10kW DC-DC converters using IGBT, SiC, and GaN power devices, respectively, targeting electric vehicles, photovoltaics, and DC microgrids.
Proposals by the other finalists, Dr Robert Best (‘Solar Energy Research’) and Dr David Laverty (‘The $100 Phasor Measurement Unit’), were strongly commended by the panel. Drs Cao, Best, and Laverty are all lecturers in the EPIC research cluster, which focuses on problems related to renewable energy integration into power networks, smart grid technologies, intelligent control systems and manufacturing informatics.
Further information on research carried out within the EPIC Research Cluster at Queen’s can be found here.
Queen’s University Belfast has launched a unique new MSc in Wireless Communications that will prepare students to build the wireless Internet of Things. The course combines traditional Wireless Communication with cutting edge technologies such as body sensors, wearable technology and smart grids.
The Masters will be informed by research carried out at QUB’s Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) based in the Northern Ireland Science Park. ECIT has developed significant expertise and world leading researchers in wireless communications including the areas of wireless, mobile and radio communications, high frequency electronics, digital signal processing, data mining, cryptography and computer security, all of which are particularly relevant to wireless communications.
The ECIT Institute has significant industry links, through its Industrial Advisory Board, to companies such as Xilinx, Infineon and Thales. These engagements have also informed the syllabus of this new course ensuring graduates are well placed to compete for roles in this industry globally.
The School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science has invested heavily in the areas of wireless communications and high frequency electronics over the last year, appointing 7 new members of academic staff who bring vitality and enthusiasm to this new course. In line with rapidly evolving technological trends, this course will prepare students to develop innovative new solutions for, and take advantage of the opportunities presented by, 4/5G networks and the Internet of Things.
Dr. Emi Garcia-Palacios, MSc Wireless Communications course Director, said “This new MSc at Queen’s University Belfast which combines the latest wireless technologies with upcoming trends such as sensors, smart grids and security is a unique opportunity for local and international students joining the course. We anticipate a strong demand from industry for graduates.”
The new Masters, which will begin in September 2014 and is open for applications now, aims to train the next generation of engineers who will play a key part in the global wireless internet revolution.
For more information and to apply go to: MSc Wireless Communications