Research areas MEC, networks 
Dates 1 April 2021 – 31 March 2026
Funder UKRI, Strength in Places Fund (SIPF)
Contact person

Professor David Bull


The southwest boasts 
an extensive history in creative media production, technology and research, and this pioneering program will build upon these strengths through the provision of collaborative R&D facilities, innovative R&D projects, and increased knowledge and skillsThe program will generate networks between academic institutions and the creative industries, building on a strong foundation of research and creative excellence.
 is an innovative southwest based creative hub, led by the University of Bristol, which will position the region as world leaders in screen-based mediaThe five-year program has been awarded £30 million by the UKRI (UK Research Innovation) Strength in Places fund with an additional £16 million committed from industry and academic partners. It is envisaged that the project, which will create more than 700 jobs, will generate economic growth and investment in the region. 

It is expected that media distribution will increase dramatically over the next decade and subsequently communication networks must be enhanced to support these opportunities. The Smart Internet Lab is ideally placed to work on such challenges, with researchers contributing their world-leading knowledge and experience to the project. Smart Internet Lab researchers will focus on two key areas with the aim of improving the existing 5G network: 

  • Enhancing feature of Mobile Edge Computing (MEC)MEC will enable lower latency and better distribution of network content. The Smart Internet Lab has conducted break through research in this field in recent years and will bring this expertise to the project.  

  • Network SlicingResearchers will develop a media-aware network slicing solution which offer different, guaranteed levels of performance.  

This interdisciplinary project brings together many partners, including: the University of Bath, University of the West of England, Bath Spa University, BBC, British Telecom, Digital Catapult, Aardman Animations, Bristol Old Vic and Theatre Royal Trust, Watershed Arts Trust, Burrell Durrant Hifle Design and Direction, Esprit Film and Television, Opposable Games, BMT Defence Services, Ultrahaptics, Motion Impossible, John Downer Productions, Zubr Virtual Reality, Mustang Films, Limina Immersive, Films At 59, Rocketmakers, Knowle West Media Centre, Complete Control (UK), Nulight Studios, Engine Shed, Bristol Games Hub, and Silverback Films. International reach is extended through collaborators including, Netflix, YouTube and NTT. 

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