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The Secretary of State visits ECIT

The Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, visited The Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) at Queen’s University Belfast.

(L-R): Professor Máire O’Neill, Principal Investigator at CSIT, Queen's; The Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland; Professor Ian Greer, President and Vice-Chancellor, Queen’s; and Professor Dimitrios Nikolopoulos, Director of ECIT, Queen’s.

The Secretary of State heard about how ECIT is accelerating economic growth through research and innovation in the fields of cyber security, wireless communications, data science and scalable computing.

Karen Bradley visited the Keysight Millimetre Wave Lab to learn more about ECIT’S Wireless research, which has applications in Mobile, 5G, Medical and Space. The Centre for Wireless Innovation (CWI) at ECIT is the UK’s largest research, development and exploitation base in physical layer wireless, and one of the strongest in Europe.

Karen Bradley also visited CSIT’s brand new Cyber Range, a powerful infrastructure that imitates real world networks, allowing both researchers and industry to practise their cyber technology knowledge and skills. The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at ECIT, where the Cyber Range is housed, is the UK’s Innovation and Knowledge Centre for cyber security, and is celebrating ten years of impact this year.

Professor Dimitrios Nikolopoulos, Director of ECIT, Queen’s University Belfast said: “We were delighted to welcome The Secretary of State to ECIT to showcase the cutting-edge research being carried out at the Institute.

“We are also developing the next generation of leaders to meet the huge demand from industry for professionals in cyber security; wireless communications; data science and scalable computing.”