Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Queen's is ranked 9th in the UK (Times Good University Guide 2012) and among the top 100 in the world (QS World Rankings 2012). In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise 80% of research within the School was judged to be internationally excellent or world leading.
A strong, research-led ethos pervades the School, and this is reflected in its involvement in a number of major research centres, including:
Research within the School is organised within seven research divisions (clusters).
A brief summary of each of these research clusters is available from the links below.
|Research Clusters||Research Directors|
||Professor William Scanlon
|Energy, Power and Intelligent Control||Professor Seán McLoone
|High Frequency Electronic Circuits||Professor Vince Fusco
|High Performance and Distributed Computing||Professor Dimitrios Nikolopoulos
Bernard Crossland Building
|Speech, Image and Vision Systems
||Professor Danny Crookes
|Secure Digital Systems
||Professor Sakir Sezer
|Knowledge and Data Engineering||Professor Weiru Liu
Bernard Crossland building
Formerly the Northern Ireland Semiconductor Research Centre, QAMEC is a centre of excellence for research and development employing silicon technology and MEMS technology.
The centre has established itself, in partnership with the High Frequency Electronics Group, in the design and fabrication of Frequency Selective Surfaces serving the European Space Agency. Whilst primarily a MEMS facility, the centre offers support through technology transfer, training and collaborative enterprise to industry in new growth areas.
The facility prides itself on being flexible and reactive to customer needs.
Queen's University Belfast is the holder of the prestigious 2009 'Entrepreneurial University of the Year' title awarded by Times Higher Education. One of the reasons for this is the number of successful spin-out companies set up by staff within the University. The drive to promote the application of entrepreneurial thinking and leadership is predominant within the School, as evidenced by the number of spin-out companies set up by its staff, examples of which include the following –
Developing products featuring assured communication technology such as completely unobtrusive continuous people and asset localisation, and road user charging systems based on vehicle to vehicle networks.
Cutting edge development tools and services for rapid design, debug and delivery of high performance, low latency digital systems.
Effective Resource usage through use of leading edge optimisation techniques.
Traffic Observation via Management (TOM) LTD is an award winning spin-out originating from the ECIT centre in Queen’s University Belfast. TOM’s SpriteGuardTM range of detection and prevention solutions makes wireless networks more robust and resilient against malicious attacks through the implementation of innovative technology focused on open access networks and on the payment card Industry. SpriteGuardTM is the first embedded WiFi security system compliant with PCI DSS wireless security regulations. It monitors user air space, detects and blocks malicious attacks against user networks.