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EPSRC Reference: EP/S022139/1
Title: EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Connected Electronic and Photonic Systems (CEPS)
Principal Investigator: Seeds, Professor AJ
Other Investigators:
Renaud, Professor C White, Professor I Chu, Professor D
Liu, Dr C Penty, Professor R
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Advanced Micro Devices Inc (AMD) Airbus Operations Limited Analog Devices Inc (Global)
Anvil Semiconductors Ltd aXenic Ltd. BAE Systems
BT Chromacity Ltd. Continental Automotive GmbH
Defence Science & Tech Lab DSTL Eblana Photonics Ltd Eight19 Ltd
FAZ Technology Limited Hitachi Europe Ltd Huawei Group
HUBER+SUHNER Polatis Ltd Inphenix Integer Holdings Corporation
Leonardo UK ltd Lumentum Microsoft
Optalysys Ltd PervasID Ltd Phasor Solutions Ltd
Photon Design Ltd Plessey Semiconductors Ltd Pragmatic Semiconductor Limited
Precision Acoustics Ltd Stryker (UK and Int'l ed) Teraview Ltd
Thales Ltd The Rockley Group UK Toshiba
VividQ Waveoptics Xtera Communications Limited
Zilico Ltd Zinwave Ltd
Department: Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Organisation: UCL
Scheme: Centre for Doctoral Training
Starts: 01 October 2019 Ends: 31 March 2028 Value (£): 5,666,344
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Optical Communications Optoelect. Devices & Circuits
RF & Microwave Technology
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine Communications
Information Technologies
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
07 Nov 2018 EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training Interview Panel B – November 2018 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
This proposal seeks funding to create a Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Connected Electronic and Photonic Systems (CEPS). Photonics has moved from a niche industry to being embedded in the majority of deployed systems, ranging from sensing, biophotonics and advanced manufacturing, through communications from the chip-to-chip to transcontinental scale, to display technologies, bringing higher resolution, lower power operation and enabling new ways of human-machine interaction.

These advances have set the scene for a major change in commercialisation activity where electronics photonics and wireless converge in a wide range of information, sensing, communications, manufacturing and personal healthcare systems. Currently manufactured systems are realised by combining separately developed photonics, electronic and wireless components. This approach is labour intensive and requires many electrical interconnects as well as optical alignment on the micron scale. Devices are optimised separately and then brought together to meet systems specifications. Such an approach, although it has delivered remarkable results, not least the communications systems upon which the internet depends, limits the benefits that could come from systems-led design and the development of technologies for seamless integration of electronic photonics and wireless systems. To realise such connected systems requires researchers who have not only deep understanding of their specialist area, but also an excellent understanding across the fields of electronic photonics and wireless hardware and software.

This proposal seeks to meet this important need, building upon the uniqueness and extent of the UCL and Cambridge research, where research activities are already focussing on higher levels of electronic, photonic and wireless integration; the convergence of wireless and optical communication systems; combined quantum and classical communication systems; the application of THz and optical low-latency connections in data centres; techniques for the low-cost roll-out of optical fibre to replace the copper network; the substitution of many conventional lighting products with photonic light sources and extensive application of photonics in medical diagnostics and personalised medicine. Many of these activities will increasingly rely on more advanced systems integration, and so the proposed CDT includes experts in electronic circuits, wireless systems and software. By drawing these complementary activities together, and building upon initial work towards this goal carried out within our previously funded CDT in Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems, it is proposed to develop an advanced training programme to equip the next generation of very high calibre doctoral students with the required technical expertise, responsible innovation (RI), commercial and business skills to enable the £90 billion annual turnover UK electronics and photonics industry to create the closely integrated systems of the future. The CEPS CDT will provide a wide range of methods for learning for research students, well beyond that conventionally available, so that they can gain the required skills. In addition to conventional lectures and seminars, for example, there will be bespoke experimental coursework activities, reading clubs, roadmapping activities, responsible innovation (RI) studies, secondments to companies and other research laboratories and business planning courses.

Connecting electronic and photonic systems is likely to expand the range of applications into which these technologies are deployed in other key sectors of the economy, such as industrial manufacturing, consumer electronics, data processing, defence, energy, engineering, security and medicine. As a result, a key feature of the CDT will be a developed awareness in its student cohorts of the breadth of opportunity available and the confidence that they can make strong impact thereon.
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