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University of Bristol partners with Ben-Gurion University

Professor Dimitra Simeonidou and Rector Chaim Hames signing the MoU

9 December 2019

The University of Bristol and the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Israel has today [9 Dec] signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on research and education in Telecommunications Networks, Cyber Security and Artificial Intelligence.

Professor Dimitra Simeonidou, Director of Smart Internet Lab and Professor Yaron Wolfsthal from the Department of Software and Information Systems in the Faculty of Engineering at BGU, are driving the collaboration between their respective institutions.

As a world-leading specialist in Smart City infrastructures, Professor Simeonidou shares an interest in ICT networks solutions of the future, with Professor Wolfsthal, who is founder and Head of IBM's security research lab in Israel.

While both Universities have an established working relationship, this MoU will further enhance, encourage, and formalise more joint scholarly and scientific interaction between the institutions.  This will be delivered through the promotion of bilateral exchange opportunities for academic staff, professional staff and students, and cooperative activities.

This year, two Bristol PhD students attended a Summer School on Cyber Security funded By Ben-Gurion. Activities and engagement will be in line with the UK Government’s bilateral collaboration.

Professor Dimitra Simeonidou said: “I am delighted with the announcement of this MoU between University of Bristol and Ben-Gurion University. Both Universities are recognised as research leaders in the fields of Telecommunications Networks, Cyber Security and Artificial Intelligence. We have established numerous successful exchanges over the past few years and we are now looking to scale-up our engagement and build collaborative research, addressing key challenges in delivering future digital infrastructure.”

Professor Limor Aharonson-Daniel, BGU's Vice President for Global Engagement said: “The envisaged modes of cooperation will include activities such as bidding for joint research projects, organising joint lectures and seminars, exchanging students, faculty and staff, facilitating, assisting and developing other academic activities that may be of joint interest.” 

Further information

The Smart Internet Lab at the University of Bristol and our 5GUK Test Network

The Smart Internet Lab at the University of Bristol is a hub for internet research which addresses grant societal and industrial challenges. We perform cutting edge research on optical and wireless communications and offer a unique holistic approach to hardware and software co-design, solving critical problems in the global internet evolution. We are world leaders in 5G convergence research and have deployed 5G capability in Bristol city centre focusing on the convergence of fibre infrastructure and 5G wireless access. The University of Bristol's 5GUK Test Network is the UK’s first urban 5G End-to-End Testbed.

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