The Grand Lab Opening Event

The Intelligent Sensing Lab Opening Day
October 11, 2016
Demonstration Snapshot: Iris Recognition
November 9, 2016

EPSRC and Newcastle University officially launch the new £750k centre.

The ComS2IP research groups welcomed the EPSRC and guests to the official unveiling of the new Intelligent Sensing Lab.

Marking the opening, the School had scheduled a range of sessions based on highlighting the exciting work of our ComS2IP research group.

The day began with introductions from our Head of School and Head of Research. Our senior academics from the School delivered insightful presentations about their groundbreaking work in the field of communications, systems, signals and information.

The day continued with a series of highly informative sessions. Led by the EPSRC and chaired by Professor Jonathon Chambers, the sessions focused on developing early career researchers and new members of staff.

The final session showcased the laboratory’s work in the form of live demonstrations. This session truly tied the whole day together, illustrating first hand the new technologies and approaches that are being developed to enhance knowledge and application within the field.

Professor Jonathon Chambers, Head of the ComS2IP research group, said:

“The opening of the Intelligent Sensing Laboratory on Thursday 13th October 2016 almost exactly corresponded with the two year anniversary of my involvement with the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Newcastle University.

As a world-leader in my research field my ambition was to build up  an outstanding facility with state-of-the-art equipment to  support our activities in communications, sensors, signal  and information processing which could uplift our research activities and help to establish the ComS2IP research group as a beacon of excellence in the UK delivering the highest quality outputs with the greatest impact on society. This has only been possible through the considerable financial support provided by Newcastle University in the  form of a £750K investment as part of its Research Capital and Investment Funds.

I was delighted to welcome Nigel Birch, Senior Portfolio Manager, Information and Communications Technologies Theme, and his team from the EPSRC together with Ben Lavasani from NI to open the new laboratory.

I am excited for the future and the opportunities to enrich the learning experience of all students and researchers in the School.”

The  specifications for the lab include the very latest massive MIMO communications equipment, obtained from National Instruments (NI).

The opening was a great success and provided opportunity for show-and-tell displays of ComS2IP research in:

  • biomedicine and prosthetics
  • iris biometrics
  • 5G and satellite communications
  • cyber security and surveillance
  • RF and ultrasound imaging.

The new lab is part of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering School’s commitment to developing the very best facilities for our students and researchers.

Image above presents members of the EPSRC, Professor Jonathon Chambers and Professor Barrie Mecrow unveiling the new Intelligent Sensing Lab.