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Celebrating success at the Smart Internet Lab

1 December 2017

Core researchers and affiliated members of the Smart Internet Lab are joined by PVC for Research, Professor Nishan Canagarajah, to toast the Smart Internet Lab's success.

Two years ago today, the University launched the Smart Internet Lab. Our PhD students, Research Associates, Technical and Professional Services staff, as well as, academic colleagues working on communications and digital living research, came together to celebrate these achievements and commemorate this 2nd year milestone. The PVC for Research, Professor Nishan Canagarajah toasted the multitalented researchers working across the boundaries of communications and digital living research.

Group photo Smart Internet Lab

‌Since its inception, collectively the Smart Internet Lab has won various new projects (e.g. H2020 5G-PICTURE, EPSRC-INITIATE, UK Government 5GUK Testbeds and Trials Programme), strengthened and created new strategic partnerships (NOKIA, BT), grown in size, featured in the media at national level and persistently advocated the University of Bristol’s excellence in Communication Research.

The Manager of the Smart Internet Lab, Ms Maria Korea, thanked the exceptionally talented researchers for driving innovation forward and the professional services teams for their dedication and continuous support.  ‘We are now entering a new phase in the Smart Internet Lab, with more exciting work ahead of us’. 

Smart Internet Lab children, 6 generation
The next generation communication researchers!

Smart Internet Lab ladies in engineering
'Celebrating Women in Engineering' - The Smart Internet Lab leading women. 

Celebration Focus: UK Government funded '5GUK Test Networks'

The researchers particularly celebrated a recent award from the UK Government that recognised their world leading expertise in 5G research and experimentaion. This new 5GUK Testbeds and Trials Programme was awarded by the DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport). It is aiming to place Britain at the forefront of the next wave of mobile technology, potentially adding up to £173 billion to the economy by 2030, through the development of the world's first trials of an end-to-end 5G system.‌The project team is led by Prof. Dimitra Simeonidou (PI) and Director of the Smart Internet Lab, along with Co-Is Prof. Mark BeachDr. Reza NejabatiProf. Andrew Nix and contributors Prof. Angela Doufexi and Dr. George Oikonomou, with recent recruit, Dr Hamid Falaki, taking on the role of Technical Project Manager, and Ms Maria Korea, the role of Programme Manager. 

Our 5G expertise and ground-breaking work will ensure the university's new £300 million smart campus at Temple Quarter will include wide deployment of fibre and 5G connectivity. To celebrate our ground-breaking work, some 5G cakes were commissioned, bringing a new meaning to '5G in a box'! 

Professor Dimitra Simeonidou, Director of the Smart Internet Lab commented: 'The University of Bristol is an international leader in 5G research and experimentation and will contribute considerable knowledge and assets to the 5GUK Testbeds and Trials Programme'. We are delighted to have been selected by the UK government in setting up the '5GUK Test Networks', a national asset'.  

The PVC for Research, Professor Nishan Canagarajah reiterated, 'I am delighted to join the Smart Internet Lab Researchers and our professional services colleagues in celebrating their achievements. Two years ago, the University established the Smart Internet Lab in order to support and grow communication research, reinforcing our worldwide leadership in smart cities, 5G, optical networks and cloud technologies. The centre has received significant funding from government and industry and is recognised internationally as a world-leading 5G centre’.

Further information

If you have any questions about Smart Internet Lab projects or to speak to team member, please get in touch by emailing or calling 0117 33 14788.

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