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EPSRC Reference: GR/N30378/01
Title: MTP: TECHNOLOGIES FOR BROADBAND COMMUNICATIONS
Principal Investigator: Seeds, Professor AJ
Other Investigators:
Haigh, Dr D Bayvel, Professor P
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Project Partners:
Agilent Technologies Ltd Alcatel Lucent Bookham Technology Plc
Nokia Telecommunications Ltd (UK) Nortel
Department: Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Organisation: UCL
Scheme: MTP
Starts: 01 June 2001 Ends: 31 December 2003 Value (£): 395,344
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Digital Signal Processing Optical Communications
RF & Microwave Technology
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Communications Electronics
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The package is intended to provide training in the key technologies required for the physical layer of broadband communications systems. Rapid growth of the internet and multimedia communications has led to an unprecedented demand for broadband (> 2 Mb/s) communication systems. The backbone of these systems is provided by advanced optical communications using wavelength division multiplex (WDM) and related techniques. These are supported by microwave terrestrial and satellite communication systems. The desire to provide internet and multimedia services to mobile users also requires extensive development of wireless communication systems building on existing narrow-band cellular radio concepts. Engineers working on the development of these new systems require a good understanding of both microwave and optical communication technologies, ranging from device concepts to system design and project management. There is exceptionally strong industry demand for engineers with this skills base (current industry growth rate 30% to 60% per annum) and a clear shortage of supply. This package is intended to contribute to meeting the demand by providing a fulltime MSc course for graduates in electronic engineering and physics to train them for work in this industry and by offering modules which the industry can use for specialised training of existing employees. An unique feature of the course is the way it unites concepts across both radio and optical communication to give students a better overall grasp of the technical challenges they will face in engineering the rapid development of the broadband communications infrastructure. All course materials will be web-based with on-line tutorial support to permit distance learning as well as conventional course attendance.
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