2012 student cohort


Tom Barratt

Tom graduated in 2012 from De Montfort University with a BSc in Software Engineering.

“The CDT in Comms has offered me chance to undertake a Phd with the taught first year helping me build on my Software Engineering background and gain a better understanding into Electrical & Electronic Engineering, before starting research in the exciting areas of communications.”

Mike Collett

In 2004 Michael completed a degree in physics at Imperial College London, following which he joined the Communication Technologies group at the National Physical Laboratory. His main area of research was investigating measurement issues around the development and application of wireless sensor networks.

“I chose the Communications PhD through the CDT as it offers a great opportunity to get a strong foundation across many fundamental areas of communication, allowing me to broaden my knowledge before focusing on a specific research project.”

Kibrom Negash Gebremicael

Graduated with Master of Science in Communication Engineering from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia in 2005. Worked as Communication Engineer and project manager in the field with responsibilities including but not limited to project planning, monitoring, evaluation and execution. I am looking forward to undertake research in the RF technology sector.

"The interdisciplinary nature of the courses, research opportunities and possibilities to undertake research with its industrial partners are few among many benefits at the CDT in Comms. The CDT is the right choice to further extend my skills, knowledge and research capabilities in Communications Engineering."

Tom Kealy

Tom Kealy graduated in 2009 from Imperial College with a degree in Physics. He applied Bayesian statistical methods to the question of the matter content of the universe. Since then he has worked on adaptive equalisation,  fast Fourier transforms, software testing and quality and information search and retrieval.

Themis Omirou

I graduated from the University of Cyprus in 2008 obtaining a BSc in Computer Science. In the period 2008-2009 I studied for my MSc in Internet Technologies with Security in the University of Bristol. Since 2010 I have been working in a software house in Cyrus as a member of the R&D team in the role of a Java developer and database trainer. My main research interests in my academic years involved categorization and retrieval of software components using Kohonen type neural networks, and using eye tracking to detect the level of understanding. 

“I believe that science is a responsibility. The CDT in Communications offers a great opportunity to people that have worked in Industry for the past few years to return to the academic environment. The first foundation year not only enhances our individual skills but also helps us to choose or even construct a well formed research question for our PhD proposal. The collaboration with industry will enable us to investigate real world scenarios, and find solutions and ideas that will eventually be used by the wider public.”

Odysseas Pappas

Odysseas studied in the University of Bristol and graduated with an MEng  in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2012. His final year project, under the supervision of Dr Alin Achim, investigated the usage of curvelets in statistical image fusion methods. His main research interests lie within the area of Signal Processing. In his spare time he plays guitar and bass or occupies himself with photography.

"The CDT in Communications programme provided me with a great opportunity of working towards a PhD while at the same time enriching my knowledge base as well as establishing contacts with industry.  The first year taught elements give me a chance to study numerous subjects beyond the scope of my undergraduate degree and obtain a good footing in the general area of communications. The industry-linked nature of the program also ensures that the research work conducted is of an applied nature, stemming from actual real-world needs."

Timothy Pelham

Timothy studied at the University of Surrey. He graduated with an MPhys in Physics in 2009 following a master's research year at the Heavy Radioactive Ion Beam Facility at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He went on to work at MBDA as a Systems Engineer, working on combined RF Technologies, Radar Modelling and Geometrical Optics. His side interests include Amateur Radio, Rocketry, and learning Guitar.

"The Centre for Doctoral Training offered me a unique opportunity to gain a great deal of training in communications and electrical engineering, giving me the skills to pursue both the research PhD and future opportunities."

Jayashree Thota

I attended Oxford Brookes University and graduated with a Masters (MSc) in Mobile and High Speed Telecommunication Networks in 2003. Forthe past 8yrs I have then worked at various companies such as Nokia, Icera, NVIDIA, RFI global Services Ltd., Software Radio Technology on various technologies like LTE, WCDMA, HSDPA/HSUPA (up to 3GPP Rel8), Gsm, Gprs, TETRA (emergency services).

"My main reason to choose University of Bristol is because of its outstanding research reputation, close industrial collaborations, excellent course structure.

CDT was an obvious choice as it has a unique mixture of entrepreneurial skills, specialist technical lectures, seminars by the experts in the field and a good stipend.

Apart from the qualification I am sure CDT will help me in achieving something significant, improve my abilities, challenge myself, increase confidence and gain research experience."

Paul Worgan

After leaving school I decided to undertake a four year advanced modern apprenticeship in electronic design engineering with an aerospace company. This experience ignited my interest in electronics, communications systems and the world around us. After my apprenticeship I undertook a BSc in Physics at the University of Exeter and thoroughly enjoyed my time both academically and socially. After graduating from my first degree I spent almost two years working for a small electronics company who specialised in precision gyroscopic and magnetic positioning tools.

Prior to commencing the CDT programme I returned to education and undertook an MSc in Computer Science at the University of Bristol, made possible by a Whitworth Scholarship Award which supports time  served apprentices in higher education. I had a fantastic time as a postgraduate in the department of computer science, with all the academics being friendly and approachable.

"I decided to study on the CDT in communications as I liked the idea of a taught year and  being exposed to a wide range of taught modules from the contributing CDT departments. The interdisciplinary nature of communications allows for a variety of PhD research topics and choosing a research topic whilst being immersed in the taught year was a big draw.

I like Bristol as a city and the university is a fantastic place to be a postgraduate."

2011 Students

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