Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 2 August 2014

Workshop explores new systems for digital age

The University of Ulster has held a technical workshop to look into new technologies which could meet the needs of the emerging digital economy in the UK and India.

Professor Gerard Parr, chair of telecommunications engineering in the faculty of computing and engineering at the university, is leading UK and Indian scientists and industrial engineers in a government-supported £9.2m research project aimed at ensuring both countries benefit fully from the opportunities of the digital age.

Professor Ashok Jhunjhunwala of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, is the Indian lead academic partner.

Prof Parr said the team at the India UK Advanced Technology Centre (IU-ATC) was working on next generation telecommunications networks and ICT systems and services. He said the work could have practical applications such as improving the security of critical national telecommunications infrastructures, provision of supply-chain, agri-health services in rural areas and early warning systems for landslide detection or floods in remote locations.

“The work of the IU-ATC directly addresses priorities and grand challenges identified by both the British and Indian governments and relates strongly with core objectives of Digital Britain in addressing the rural and urban digital divide and the impact this can have on the quality of life of citizens from marginalised and poorer communities in both rural and urban settings,” he said.

Ninety IU-ATC researchers attended the workshop at the Coleraine campus last month.

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