Academic & Industry SIG: REBOOT

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The goal of CW Academic and Industry SIG is to organising events that stimulate interactions between industry and academia in the fast-evolving and multi-faceted world of wireless technology.

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About the event

We recognise that technical education and advanced academic research are the foundation for innovation in the wireless industry. To reflect its fast development pace, we are planning to update the format and focus of future events to address the key challenges in promoting knowledge exchange between academia and industry in the wireless sector. 

Academics often find it difficult to engage at the right level with Industry; and industrial R&D departments find it hard to relate to some of the good academic research being done across the UK. CW has a broad industrial membership and a number of leading UK universities or university departments are also members. CW events, not just in this SIG but in others too, have been highly valued by both sides.

The next SIG meeting, rather than having a technical focus, will therefore aim to bring together academic and industry CW members in a workshop with the aim of building a consensus regarding what the SIG should offer in the future, i.e., to effectively "reboot" the SIG. 

Please come along and have your say about how you would like to see the SIG evolve so that it can best address the vitally important topic of collaboration between academia and industry.

The Academic and Industry SIG is championed by John Haine, Bristol University, Claudio Marinelli, Eight19, Joachim Wabnig, Nokia Technologies and Ian Wassell, University of Cambridge.

You can follow @cambwireless on Twitter and tweet about this event using #CWAcademic.

SIG Champions

John Haine - Visiting Professor, University of Bristol (Communication Systems & Networks Research Group)

John Haine has spent his career in the electronics and communications industry, working for large corporations and with four Cambridge start-ups. His technical background includes R&D in radio circuitry and microwave circuit theory; and the design of novel radio systems for cordless telephony, mobile data, fixed wireless access and IoT communications. He has led standardisation activities in mobile data and FWA in ETSI, and contributed to WiMax in IEEE. At various times he has been involved in and led fund-raising and M&A activities. In 1999 he joined TTP Communications working on research, technology strategy and M&A; and after the company’s acquisition by Motorola became Director of Technology Strategy in Motorola Mobile Devices. After leaving Motorola he was CTO Enterprise Systems with ip.access, a manufacturer of GSM picocells and 3G femtocells. In early 2010 he joined Cognovo, which was acquired by u-blox AG in 2012. He led u-blox' involvement in 3GPP NB-IoT standardisation and the company's initial development of the first modules for trials and demonstrations. Now retired from u-blox he is a Visiting Professor in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Bristol University, where he chairs the Centre for Doctoral Training in Communications. He was founder chair and is Board Member Emeritus of the IoT Security Foundation. He served on the CW Board and now chairs the Editorial Board of the CW Journal.  John has a first degree from Birmingham (1971) and a PhD from Leeds (1977) universities, and is a Life Member of the IEEE.

David Jai-Persad - Business Development Manager (STEM) , University of East London, Knowledge Dock

"Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." David has a portfolio career that has allowed him to develop a wide range of experience. He started his career as a research scientist which gave him a strong technical foundation that he has applied to areas as diverse as business development activities related to using modelling and simulation for designing and improving products (Industry 4.0), SMART Cities and digital media. Coupled with this he has good business acumen and the ability to apply technologies to develop new business opportunities. David has strong IP legal skills having given lectures on Business Development from IP to the European Patent Office Patlib conference and taught IP law to Computer Science and Digital Media Students. He has also mentored a number of Start-ups including Jessica Elliot’s J’s Dance Factory. He does this because he believes that the traditional model of someone obtaining a degree and working for a large company for 40 years has broken down due the increasing number of graduates and graduates need to be supported in developing new employment models such as starting their own businesses. He also has strong forensic thinking skills. In summary he has a passion for improving the ways in which discoveries made in the research base are applied to solve real world problems.

Kevin Morris - Professor of Radio Frequency Engineering, University of Bristol (Communication Systems & Networks Research Group)

Kevin Morris received the B.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in electronics and communications engineering from the University of Bristol, Bristol, U.K., in 1995 and 2000, respectively. He is currently a Professor of RF engineering and Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Bristol. He has authored or co-authored 100 academic papers and he holds five patents. His research interests principally concern looking at methods of reducing power consumption in communications systems including the area of RF hardware design with a specific interest in the design of efficient linear broadband power amplifiers for use within future communications systems. Professor Morris is currently involved with a number of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) research programmes including FARAD and SENSE and industry funded research programmes within the U.K. He is a member of the UK Electronic Skills Foundation (UK-ESF) Strategic Advisory board.

Joachim Wabnig - Research Leader, Nokia

Joachim Wabnig has been educated as a theoretical physicist (PhD from Umeå University, Sweden). After postdoc placements in Oxford and Cambridge working on quantum technologies he joined the Nokia Cambridge Lab in 2011. Since then he has been working on a wide range of topics including quantum computing, quantum key distribution, compressed sensing and machine learning. He is now leading the machine learning and analytics team in Cambridge and is looking at applications in digital media and digital health.

Ian Wassell - Senior Lecturer, Digital Technology Group, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge

Dr Ian Wassell joined the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory as a Senior Lecturer in January 2006. Prior to this, he was with the Department of Engineering for six years. He received the PhD degree from the University of Southampton in 1990 and the BSc., BEng. (Honours) Degrees (First Class) from the University of Loughborough in 1983. He has in excess of 25 years experience in radio communication systems gained via positions in industry and academia and has published more than 200 papers. His research interests include broadband wireless networks, wireless sensor networks, radio propagation, coding, communication signal processing, compressive sampling, and image processing and classification.

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Philips Research Laboratories, Cambridge

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