News 2013

PhD student wins Best Paper prize

Dec 2013: Jiajun Yang, from the Communications and Signal Processing Group, was awarded Best Paper for their work entitled ''Sonic Trainer: Rea-time Sonification of Muscular Activity and Limb Positions in General Physical Excercise'' at the 4th Interactive Sonification Workshop at Erlangen, Germany.

Keynote Address

Dr Andy Hunt recently gave the Keynote address as the 4th Interactive Sonification Workshop at the Fraunhofer Institute in Erlangen, Germany. Andy was one of the co-founders of the triennial workshop in 2001, which brings together researchers into Sonification (the portrayal of data as sound in order to gain understanding of the data) and Human-Computer Interaction.

Cutting Edge Approaches for urban pollution monitoring

October 2013: Academics from the Department, Prof Jon Timmis, Dr Dave Chesmore, Dr Steve Smith, Dr Paul Mitchell and Prof John Robinson, are part of a large cross-discpline team from York who will be developing new approaches to the challenging problem of pollution monitoring.

York researchers working on the four-year project - Cutting-Edge Approaches for Pollution Assessment in Cities (CAPACITIE) - will harness a wide range of technologies including mobile phones, passive sampling devices, miniaturised sensing devices, robotics and analytical techniques such as time of flight mass spectrometry to monitor different forms of pollution.

CAPACITIE, led by Prof Alistiar Boxall from the Environment Department, has received European Union funding to examine air, water and noise pollution in cities across the globe, including York, Berlin and Seoul. The project involves experts from York's Environment Department and the Departments of Electronics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics and Sociology. CAPACITIE will also fund an additional 12 early stage researcher roles from March 2014 for three years.

Nils Morozs wins Best Paper Award at IEEE International Symposium of Wireless Communications Systems

October 2013: Nils Morozs in conjunction with co-authors Tim Clarke and David Grace won a best paper award at IEEE ISWCS 2013 in Ilmenau, Germany back at the end of August. The paper, A Novel Adaptive Call Admission Control Scheme for Distributed Reinforcement Learning Based Dynamic Spectrum Access in Cellular Networks, applies artificial intelligence to reduce the need for accurate spectrum sensing in future cognitive radio networks. Nils has just started his second year of his PhD, and this was his first submitted paper.

Ray Dolby (1933-2013)

September 2013: It is with sadness that the department notes the passing away of Ray Dolby (1933-2013), well-known for contributions to audio reproduction.

Through the Department of Electronics, Ray was made an honorary graduand of the University in 2000.

The photos show Ray listening to sounds over a loudspeaker ring (Music Technology) and discussing aircraft wing shapes (Avionics) on the day of his honorary graduation.

Best paper award

August 2013: Academics from the Physical Layer Group, Professor Andy Marvin, Dr John Dawson, Dr Linda Dawson, Dr Ian Flintoft and Prof Jeremy Everard, were awarded the best paper prise at the IEEE EMC Society Symposium in Denver, Colorado. There paper, is entitled ''A wide-band hybrid antenna for use in reverberation chambers''.

New EPSRC platform grant announced:

July 2013: Researchers in the Intelligent Systems research group, lead by Prof Andy Tyrrell, have recently been awarded a 5-year Platform grant funded by EPSRC. The research relates to the design of hardware and software systems whose designs are motivated by biological principles. The main activities will be in the design, evaluation and exploitation of such systems. This will concern the advancement of bio-inspired techniques to construct microelectronic systems of the future. This will cover the topology of such systems that will both be massively parallel and will be required to cope with unreliable components, such as the variability of devices resulting from the continuing reduction in feature size. The need for new manufacturing methods such as 3D fabrication and new materials such as molecular devices will be critical for the future of microelectronic system design and will form a significant part of this research.

Dr David Grace elected chair of IEEE Technical Committee on Cognitive Networks.

February 2013: Dr David Grace, Head of the Department of Electronics Communications Research Group, has been elected chair of an influential technical committee on Cognitive Networks, organised by Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. With over 1500 members worldwide, the committee is responsible for helping shape the technical agenda in the rapidly emerging fields of cognitive radio and cognitive networks, which promise to revolutionise the way wireless systems operate and use the radio spectrum. During his two year term he hopes to broaden the constituency of membership to include members from artificial intelligence community, and strengthen linkages with the WUN Cognitive Communications Consortium, which originated at York in January 2009, now with members from over 90 organisations worldwide.

York Electronics Academic Particiaptes in Parliamentary Engineering Debate.

February 2013: Dr Adar Pelah, Reader in the Department of Electronics and Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellow, participated in a The House of Commons All Parliamentary Engineering Group's special debate on "Engineering for Growth", chaired by Lord Broers. The session was sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering, and was attended by engineering graduates, parliamenterians and members of the engineering community, focusing ways by which engineers and the engineering profession can more effectively drive innovation as an engine for future economic growth and enterpreneurialism. The event was held on the 16th of January in Commitee Room 9 and the Churchill Room, House of Commons, Westminster Palace.

Medical device from Electronics wins First Prize in NHS Innovation Awards.

January 2013: KidzEyez, a novel visual field analyser that enables the earlier detection of eye and brain disorders in children, potentially saving lives and preventing blindness, has won First Prize in MedTech in the National Health Service Innovation Awards. The device was developed in the Department of Electronics by Dr Adar Pelah, Reader in Electronics and Enterprise Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, with former MEng student Michael Slater, and in clinical collaboration with Dr Louise Allen of Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. KidzEyez has successfully undergone clinical trials, significantly outperforming the prevailing 'gold standard' method, and is likely to be used widely in hospitals and community services in the UK and worldwide.

Pictured: 7 year old patient Ella White is being tested in the clinic alongside KidzEyez inventor Dr Adar Pelah

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