The Institute’s current research programme is performed across the following research Centres:
Centre for Image Processing & Analysis (CIPA)
The core expertise provided by the Centre for Image Processing & Analysis (CIPA) is in its ability to develop and design novel computer based solutions that will allow the automatic extraction of key image features [specifically from 2D, video, 3D and 4D data sources] with a view to a robust and reliable quantitative analysis, classification or tracking of the key information/data within the scene.
CIPA Leader: Prof. Paul Whelan
Centre for Energy and Design (EDL)
Important aspects that we focus on are how to decrease energy consumption and close the energy gap. Renewable energy sources are inherently intermittent and when they power important equipment such as telecom's towers, monitoring their real-time and long term performance becomes critical. These installations are often located in difficult to access and environmentally harsh locations so it is also important to model how they will perform in these regions. This process will facilitate more realistic cost projections with respect to operational costs and component lifetime. Traditional sources of energy for these types of sites are AC generators which are required to run 24/7. This mode of operation results in high running costs in terms of fuel and maintenance. The alternative is to operate a hybrid system which only runs for half the time thus reducing these costs.
Energy Optimization is also a crucial research area and plays a significant role for the future, mainly due to current global energy resources. Data is the key process which is the basis of many applications and services, such as visualization and analysis. All of these are used to achieve one aim that helps to reduce energy consumption.
EDL Leader: Dr. Stephen Daniels
Centre for High Speed Devices and Systems (HSDS)
The core expertise provided by the High Speed Devices and Systems (HSDS) Group is its ability to accurately design and characterize novel high speed materials and devices. This involves the initial simulation and modeling of the devices from basic material properties, through to efficient time and frequency domain analysis of high frequency devices and circuits, and to complete systems simulations which demonstrate device performance in practical systems. The group also has significant expertise in the experimental characterization of materials and devices, ranging from advanced non-destructive electronic nanomaterials characterisation, through to complete optical and electrical characterisation of optoelectronic devices, and to performance testing of novel devices and sub-systems in complete broadband communication systems.
HSDS Leader: Dr. Pascal Landais
Network Innovations Centre (NIC)
The NIC has significant expertise in switching theory, routing protocols, protocol implementation and network security, quality-oriented and power-aware adaptive multimedia delivery, quality of experience aware adaptive hypermedia systems, performance of wireless and mobile networks, numerical modelling of electromagnetic wave scattering and radiation problems, hardware description languages and low-power electronics.3
NIC Leader: Dr. Xiaojun Wang