Thursday, 4 June 2020

Researcher Profiles: All in One View

Researcher Profiles

Tommy Flowers Network is putting the focus on the future research leaders. On our blog we are providing a forum to introduce themselves and their work.

Reginald Ankrah, formerly, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen: 'Specialised planning and risk-modelling algorithms focused on key aspects of network design'.

Davide Ferraris, University of Malaga: 'To give trust measurement a key role on IoT systems, considering trust in the  whole IoT System Life Cycle from the early to the final stages of a System development.'

Sam Tickle, formerly University of Leeds: 'Efficient changepoint detection for data streams'.

Thought Leadership Events: All in One View

Thought Leadership Events

Organised by the BT Academic and Research Partnerships team those live presentations feature world class researchers, opening insights into hot topics of the IT sector.

They are streamed and recorded via TEAMs and registration is required to attend the event. The links below will lead you to the individual pages.

Posters Galore: All in One View

Posters Galore!

Following the cancellation of our Spring 2020 conference decided to making use of the fantastic Poster contributions we received and to publish them here.

And we would like to keep it going!
If you wish to publish with us, please get in touch through


GAIUS Networks 
University of York
Robert Gordon University
University of East Anglia
University of Lancaster
University of Essex
University of Suffolk

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Making Something Wonderful - University Essex Final Year Projects

A quick Sneak Peek into Final year Computer Science student Projects at University of Essex

Targeting industry collaborators, IET and interested parties, School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering at University of Essex released an abstract booklet and electronic poster video summarizing a range of fascinating final year student projects, including:

  • Smart Robots for Smart Homes
  • FrutiBots (Strawberry Picking robots)
  • Development of Switched beam microstrip loop antenna
  • Predicting the judiciary decision of European court of human rights
  • Coral Detection and Modelling
  • Online collaborative games
  • MediControl-Saving time and Lives for East of England Ambulance service
  • VR Interactive brain visualization
  • Identifying Cyberbullying

The 2019-20 academic year saw the largest number of projects undertaken in both scale (230 projects) and diversity (spanning a number of areas including Game design, Robotics, Artificial intelligence, Mobile app development, Data science, IoT, Industrial Assembly, Communications, Cybersecurity, Brain computer interfaces to mention a few ). The projects reflect both the extreme hard work undertaken by the students over the year and the Schools Motto of "Making Something Wonderful" and ‘Useful’ for humanity.

The School traditionally hosts a project open day event in April where students present their work directly to industry colleagues and visitors, through posters and live demos. Since the event could not be held this year, the school thought of reaching out to the industry nevertheless, though a booklet of abstracts and a video containing e-posters of each student project, which includes short introductions from the module coordinators.

You can download the booklet of abstracts here

The posters appear on the video in the same order laid out in the booklet:

Posters Galore: 'Converged QoE Network Forensics'

Achilles Petras, BT

Converged 4G/5G/Fixed connectivity requires joining the dots amongst multiple monitoring platforms & data sources across Mobile & Fixed networks. This is in order to deliver data analytics and holistic insights into network performance & end user experience. 

In the BT Converged QoE Research team, we have achieved this by exploring both active and passive monitoring tools & instrumentation. The derived data are combined, analysed and visualised to provide different views on how existing and future converged services, like Fixed Wireless and Hybrid Access, perform. 

We help Ops, Architects and Product managers understand KPIs & performance characterisation via PoCs and trials of new emerging technology, thus driving product strategy. Our insights, backed by expert knowledge of QoE, QoS, network performance and traffic management principles, strengthen BT’s position a

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Posters Galore: 'Artificial Intelligence and Quantum computing in Wireless Networks: Within and Beyond'

Rishi Raj, Teoco


Wireless networks, such as 5G, is advancing to provide faster throughput and minimizing latency. Networks are getting more complex and it needs smarter ways to deliver an optimum capability of the network in reality. 

Therefore, it is critical to understand the need for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Quantum computing (QC) within the Network Architecture. This is to provide the required capability for beam management, resource management, and interference management. 

The subsequent wireless network needs to be self-predictive and proactive to handle futuristic applications like holographic communication, haptic feedback, or any latency dependent application. Radio frequency itself is a dynamically changing component, therefore rather having fixed rules it should prefer to have a dynamically adaptable network. 

Today, the main challenge in the modern wireless network is to have constant knowledge of the radio environment - including multipath propagation of MIMO channels - especially with the introduction of Narrow beams in higher frequency (tracking of beams will be a challenge). But with an increasing number of beams and different kind of users - apart from mobile users like vehicle to vehicle communication, holographic communication, and haptic feedback - it will be very difficult just with the CSI (Channel State Information) and SRS (Sounding Reference Signal) reports constantly from the devices with changing radio environment. 

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Posters Galore: 'GAIUS: Powering hyperlocal content ad ecosystems for communities'

Arjuna Sathiaseelan
GAIUS Networks
Arjuna Sathiaseelan, GAIUS Networks 

The World Wide Web (WWW) is facing two critical issues:  
1. increasingly centralised with a few organisations controlling majority of users' data and hence global ad revenue.  
2. Centralised cloud infrastructures induces significant latency and performance issues for users in rural/remote areas with challenged backhaul - a misnomer for UK's 5G story.  

In this poster, I want to showcase the potential of building Decentralised Hyperlocal Web for communities in the UK using our GAIUS platform - a decentralised content ad exchange platform that can fully function at any edge. Each GAIUS server sits at the edge of a community (e.g. on the MEC) serving highly localised content and ads specific to a particular community. Users in a community can create, interact and transact with hyperlocal content through their mobile device. Businesses and organisations (e.g. schools, local government bodies etc) in a community can promote their product offerings and services within their own community. A major focal point of the GAIUS platform is that the data is governed and owned by the community.  

The GAIUS platform will demonstrate a new usecase for MEC: how operators can empower communities to create, interact and transact with hyperlocal content and ads at the operator's edge especially in rural areas. Apart from creating a new usecase (& potential revenue stream), GAIUS empowers operators to potentially fulfil their CSR requirements by supporting local community needs and facilitating local community engagement and social cohesion as well as addressing the major concern of data privacy 

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