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Communications and signal processing 21 years on

26 November 2008

Centre for Communications Research 21st anniverary lecture

The UK has a worldwide reputation for innovation and design excellence with communications and signal processing continuing to be one of the fastest growing and most dynamic of all industries.  The University of Bristol's Centre for Communications Research (CCR) has played a key role in contributing to this growth through innovation.

To celebrate the CCR's 21st anniversary, a public lecture by visiting Professor David Burrows, entitled, 'Freeing the imagination in communications and signal processing' will take place at 5.15 pm on Tuesday, December 2 in the Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queen's Building, University Walk, Bristol.  It is free and open to everyone.

Professor Joe McGeehan with staff in the CCR

Professor Joe McGeehan (right) with a member of staff in the CCR

The talk will explore the impact that engineering implementation constraints have had on communications and signal processing over the last 21 years and how advances in technology have led to the exciting state we are in today: limited by imagination, not transistors or hertz.

Professor Joe McGeehan, Director of CCR, said: "We are delighted that David Burrows is able to join the CCR in our anniversary celebrations.

"The Centre has grown rapidly over the years and through consultation and collaboration with industry, the CCR delivers solutions to current and future market needs that are innovative, cost-effective and practical."

Professor David Burrows is Director of the UK Imaging Design Centre of Aptina UK Ltd, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Microelectronics Institute and a Visiting Professor at the University's Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

For further information about the talk, contact Suzanne Binding, email or telephone (0117) 954 5395.

Further information:

The University of Bristol's Centre for Communications Research (CCR) is an internationally recognised interdisciplinary Research Centre established led by Professor Joe McGeehan CBE DEng FREng. It was established in 1987 as one of the first University Research Centres and its template for structure and operation across departmental and faculty boundaries has been adopted across the world by other leading research universities. It is associated with the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, which achieved Grade 5 in the last Research Assessment Exercise.

Professor David Burrows is currently Director of the UK Imaging Design Centre of Aptina UK Ltd.

He received a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering (1978), and a PhD in mobile radio and control theory (1982) from Bath University.

He joined Plessey Research at Southleigh Park House and subsequently Roke Manor to work on Radar Systems using field programmable hardware. In 1983, he set-up the Silicon Engineering Group to develop structured design methods and CAD tools in the areas of built in self-test and logic synthesis. He then took up a new position at LSI Logic to develop mixed signal CAD software. By 1998 his department was performing research and development (R&D) in the areas of Set Top Box, RISC and DSP Processors, Mixed Signal and Memory Circuits, ASIC & Systems Methodology and CAD and Test Chip Design.

In late 1998 he established a new UK R&D organisation for the Micron Corporation (USA), comprised initially of ex-LSI employees, to develop reusable analogue and mixed signal circuits for all Micron?s embedded memory technologies. In early 2003 it focused exclusively on foundation circuit design and product design to support Micron's CMOS Imaging product range and by 2006 Micron Imaging was recognised as the world's No. 1 CMOS Image Sensor supplier. He now runs the UK Imaging Design Centre for Aptina Imaging, a wholly owned subsidiary of Micron.


Contact: Joanne Fryer for further information,

Source: University of Bristol

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