2014 student cohort


Michael Baddeley

Michael graduated in 2010 from the University of Strathclyde with a MEng in Computer and Electronic Systems. After graduating he worked briefly in Chicago for Kana Systems, developing Customer Relationship Management software. In 2011 he joined Thales Research and Technology as a Research Engineer, where he worked on Radio Modelling for Commercial Aircraft and Enterprise Search Platforms. Prior to starting the CDT he worked for two years in Stuttgart with Thales Ground Transportation Systems, specialising in the development of Protocol Integration Software for Railway Signalling Services.

“The CDT presented a unique opportunity to change course at an early stage in my career and allow me focus on some of the most interesting areas I have worked on from my experience in industry. As it has been a number of years since I graduated, the CDT programme provided invaluable support moving from industry into academia and the initial taught year has allowed time to explore a number of directions before committing to a PhD research topic.”

Bekir Berkcan

Bekir obtain a MSc in Electrical Engineering from University of Texas in 2013 and a BSc in Electronics Engineering from Gebze Institute of Technology, Turkey in 2009.

Before completing a BSc in Electronics,in 2008 he worked for an industrial electronic circuit design company. After obtaining an MSc he worked for a telecommunications company as a RF Engineer.

“The CDT program provides a great opportunity to have a wide perspective in communications area, to enhance research and practical skills, and to entegrate academic and pracatical knowledge through interaction with industry.”

Wael Boukely Hasan

Wael received his MSc in Mobile Communications from Heriot-Watt University in 2013.His dissertation was about Spatial Modulation with Regular and Massive MIMO Comparing to Complex STBC .Prior to starting the CDT he worked for one year in Alcatel-Lucent in the Small Cells Platform Development Department.

“The CDT has offered me a great opportunity to expand my knowledge in mobile communications in both academic and industry sectors. The first taught year helps me to build a strong foundation and to go through more details in analyzing different aspects in mobile communication system. The CDT and its staff give students enough support and never save any efforts to provide students with everything that might be useful for their future career."

Henry Brice

Benny Chitambira

Benny graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Zimbabwe in 2003. He worked for 3 years in IT with senior roles in projects & operations management; broadband communications; and ISP engineering, before undertaking postgraduate studies at the University Nottingham where he graduated with an MSc Electronic Communications and Computer Engineering in 2008. After that, he spent some time in IT as a Systems Engineer with primary responsibilities in network and storage engineering.

“The Bristol CDT in Communications is quite a unique program which has, over the years, gained experience in nurturing talents and abilities from mature students like me. It provides a well-oiled interdisciplinary research environment that captivates and harness the wealth of experience from students who have spent considerable time in industry. The taught phase of the program is key in consolidating theoretical knowledge and harmonising it with gained practical experience. This helps in formulating relevant and well defined research questions. There are also loads of positives drawn from the close industry collaboration. The inclusion of enterprise training, which combines business skills and technical aspects, is very crucial in my career development. ”

Giovanni Ciurleo

Giovanni graduated in 2014 from the University of Bradford with an MEng (Hons) in Electronic, Telecommunications and Internet Engineering.

“The Centre for Doctoral Training in Communications offers top-class research facilities and a  programme combining rigorous training with industry collaboration to allow me to develop fully as a rounded Doctoral researcher with the necessary skills.

Bristol is an amazingly vibrant city to live and the University of Bristol a great place to be a postgraduate student."

Michael Dilmore

Michael has a BSc in Music Technology from Cardiff Metropolitan and an MSc in Computer Science from Swansea University. His BSc project explored the use of touch screen devices as controls for digital musical instruments. His MSc project involved the research, design, and development of a mobile and web based solution for pharmacists to assist in capturing and reporting on patient interventions. His current research interests are computer networking (SDNs), programming and application development, and computer security..

“I chose the CDT in Communications because of the wide range of expertise available, the interdisciplinary nature of the school, and its reputation for world class research.

"The support offered by staff is excellent, and having such a strong support network really helps to build confidence as a researcher."

Douglas Harewood-Gill

Douglas graduated from the University of Plymouth in 2005 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Electrical and Electronic Systems and carried on to do a MSc in Robotics again at the University of Plymouth which he obtained in 2006. Having becoming interested in Communications during his BSc, Douglas decided to pursue a PhD in Communications.

"Having a desire to progress academically with a strong interest in Communications, the CDT programme with its taught taught first year was exactly what I was looking for."

Nakrop Jinaporn

Nakrop Jinaporn obtained a BEng (Hons) in Electrical Engineering from Ubon Ratchathani University, Thailand in 2008 and an MEng in Telecommunications from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in 2010, respectively. He has been a lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Ubon Ratchathani University since 2010. His main research interest is resource allocation in communication networks.

“The CDT can provide a new route PhD in Communications. There is a variety of taught units, useful workshops and interesting research projects to support students. Therefore, this course seems to be a perfect combination to gain new experiences and opportunities within four years."

Ioannis Mavromatis

Ioannis received his MSc in Wireless Communications and Signal Processing from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the University of Bristol in 2014, and his BSc in Information Technology from Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki (ATEITH) in 2012. H has worked as a research assistant for University Carlos III of Madrid where he researched WLAN on Energy Efficiency and Interworking between them. Previously he worked in various companies in Greece as a Network and Computer Engineer. His other research interests are based on Quality of Experience (QoE), Wireless Communication Protocols, Resource Allocation, and Link Adaptation.

“The Centre for Doctoral Training in Communications offers me a great opportunity to get a strong background in the field of communications along with collaborating with industry, equipping me with valuable experience and skills in order to meet my future endeavours in completing my PhD programme and becoming an eminent researcher.

Bristol is an amazing city to live and the University of Bristol a great place to be a postgraduate student."

John McInnes

John graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University with a BSc(Hons) in Computer Engineering in 2008. He has previously been employed by DSTL, ISSL and has worked on secondment at Roke Manor Research and the University of York. His primary area of research has been military tactical communications including waveform design, RF front end resilience testing, airborne channel modelling and FPGA/VDHL coding.

“I chose to study at Bristol because its strong reputation in the communications sector, the CDT's taught year has allowed me to develop my knowledge to a depth not possible in industry. I believe the additional time given to develop our PhD projects make our entire cohort far more academically rigorous and better at applying these skills to unique real world engineering problems."

Laurence Smith

.Laurence was awarded a BA in Physics from the University of Oxford in July 2014. He has carried out several projects related to communications, both within his degree program and whilst working with a research group in the University of Southampton physics department over summer 2013. He is predominantly interested in researching within the hardware aspects of communications systems and is planning to do his project in either RF electronics or antenna design. In addition to his studies within the CDT, he is currently learning Japanese and also enjoys playing piano, reading or doing various sporting activities in his spare time.

“The Centre for Doctoral Training in Communications has enabled me to transition smoothly from a pure science undergraduate into an Engineering postgraduate programme. Further, by including a taught year broadly covering all the elements of communications, the CDT allowed me to not only identify, but also to gain some knowledge and experience in the area of communications that I am interested in researching – something that a traditional PhD programme would be unable to offer. I would strongly recommend the CDT in Communications to anyone who, like myself, wants to do a PhD in communications engineering but is uncertain as to exactly where their interests lie."

Jonathan Weissman

Jonathan graduated with a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Warwick in 2011. He subsequently worked as a full-time Maths teacher before completing an MSc in the Mathematics of Cryptography and Communications, at Royal Holloway, in 2014. Under the supervision of Dr Koloydenko, his dissertation was a study of the theory of Hidden Markov Models and their application in speech recognition.

“The CDT has afforded me an exciting opportunity to apply my mathematical background to the study of Communications. In particular, the taught first year allows a chance to learn about the core challenges in the Communications disclplines and has helped me to determine how my knowledge and skills may be best applied in the field."
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