Our Research Leaders
Professor O’Neill (FIAE, MRIA) has a strong international reputation for her research in hardware security and applied cryptography. She is Director of ECIT, Principal Investigator of CSIT, Director of the £5M EPSRC/NCSC-funded Research Institute in Secure Hardware and Embedded Systems (RISE), Member of UK AI Council, and recently led the €3.8m EU H2020 SAFEcrypto project (2014–2018).
She held a UK EPSRC Leadership Fellowship and was a former holder of a UK Royal Academy of Engineering research fellowship (2003–2008). She has received numerous awards, which include a Blavatnik Engineering and Physical Sciences medal, 2019, a Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal, 2014 and British Female Inventor of the Year 2007. She has authored two research books, and over 150 peer-reviewed international conference/journal publications.Professor Maire O'Neill
Professor Cotton is the Director of the Centre for Wireless Innovation (CWI) and a world leading expert in the areas of wireless channel characterisation and modelling.
Among his other areas of expertise are 5G, device-to-device, vehicular, and wearable communications. Simon received the 2010 IEEE H. A. Wheeler Prize Paper Award. He was awarded the Sir George Macfarlane Medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Philip Leverhulme Prize from the Leverhulme Trust both in 2011. From 2010-2015, Simon held a highly prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship.Professor Simon Cotton
Prof Vandierendonck’s research interests are in compilers, runtime systems and architectures for parallel systems with special attention to the programmability of such systems. He has a vested interested in computer architecture, and particularly in cache architecture, prediction and performance evaluation.
He has been the recipient of many awards throughout the years. Some of his key achievements include: Co-authoring over 100 papers, supervising PhD dissertations of 4 students, one of whom, Dr Jiawen Sun, is finalist in the EPSRC Connected Nation Pioneers competition, senior membership of the ACM, senior membership of the IEEE, fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), member of the EPSRC College of Peer Reviewers
Dr Gaston is responsible for the operational management of ECIT and commercialisation and knowledge transfer within an open innovation research environment.
Godfrey graduated with a MEng degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the Queen’s University Belfast, followed by a PhD at the University of Edinburgh in the field of Microelectronics and Semiconductors. Godfrey has completed an MBA from Henley Management College, London and is cofounder of start-up company, Titan IC. Titan IC is a spinout from Queen’s University Belfast. He is also user lead for the Global Innovation Institute as part of City Deal.Dr Godfrey Gaston
John was founding ECIT Director of ECIT and retired in December 2017.
Within Queen’s he was responsible for the vision that led to the creation of the Northern Ireland Science Park, with ECIT and its £37m CSIT research flagship. Professor McCanny is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).Professor Sir John McCanny
Professor Fusco holds a personal chair at the Queens University of Belfast in High Frequency Electronics where he is currently the CTO of the QUB Global Research Institute ECIT.
His research interests include active and passive antenna techniques. Professor Fusco has published over 450 scientific papers and holds several patents. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Irish Academy of Engineering, IET, IEEE, and IAE. In 2012 he was awarded the IET senior achievement award the Mountbatten medal.Professor Vince Fusco