UCL, University College London, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, UK, Higher Education (HE)

Dr David R. Selviah
Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
University College London
Torrington Place
London, WC1E 7JE, UK
Phone: 020 7679 3056
Fax: 020 7388 9325
E-Mail: d.selviah@ee.ucl.ac.uk

Description and expertise of the organisation:
UCL is ranked fourth in the world and second in the UK in the 2009 THE-QS World Rankings.

UCL’s total number of full-time equivalent staff rated of world-leading quality third overall in the UK after Oxford and Cambridge. UCL has 4,000 academic and research staff working at the forefront of their fields of enquiry. UCL is the second most-highly cited European university and 14th in the world. There has been at least one Nobel Laureate from the UCL community every decade since the establishment of the Nobel Prizes in 1901. In 2009 Professor Charles Kao who studied for his PhD in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his outstanding research on optical fibre communications.

The Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering is one of the leading research-led departments in its subject area, worldwide, and has received one of the top two ratings in every UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) carried out to date. It is also the highest RAE rated Electronic Engineering department in London. We continue to push in new directions in both research and teaching, building on our long-established links with industry. We are a major contributor to the newly opened London Centre for Nanotechnology, one of the first Electronic Engineering departments in the UK to introduce Problem Based Learning into our undergraduate courses, and are offering new undergraduate MEng and postgraduate MSc programmes in Electronic Engineering with Nanotechnology as well as a new MSc in Internet Engineering.

We are proud of our heritage as the first Electrical Engineering department in the UK and our ethos of constant development and innovation continues a tradition inspired by our first Head of Department, Professor Sir Ambrose Fleming, inventor of the thermionic valve and hence the founder of the discipline of electronics. We offer both three year (BEng) and four year (MEng) undergraduate programmes, which are continually updated and shaped by both industrial and academic requirements, as well as a range of specialist MSc, PhD and Engineering Doctorate programmes.

We are a medium sized department with around 32 Academic Staff, around 25 Research Fellows and over 100 Doctoral Research Students. Typically, in the department at any one time there are around 250 undergraduates, 60 full-time Masters Students as well as over 600 part-time Masters Students including a large number on the masters programme that is run by UCL for BT. The Department prides itself on being able to offer high quality education, using state of the art equipment in a friendly and welcoming environment.

Staff are involved in many activities including providing advice to governments, consulting for multinational companies, organising conferences and running large scale research projects funded by industry, government and the European Commission. Each year the Department produces around 250 Publications and 5 filed Patents.

The Optical Devices and Systems Laboratory of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering is recognised as a UK Technology Centre of Excellence and in particular, as performing world leading, outstanding research on optical polymer waveguide interconnects.

Research interests / Project ideas
We have a wide rang of research interess in Optical Devices, Interconnects, Algorithms and Systems including:
Multichannel 10 Gb/s switching node,
optical communications exchange,
polymer waveguide interconnects fabricated on printed circuit board for backplane.
mathematical optical modelling,
signal processing, image processing, pattern recognition, optical inspection, precision micromechanical alignment, neural networks, holography.

optics, waveguides, communications, modelling, measurement, switching, signal processing, image processing, pattern recognition, 10 Gb/s, alignment, neural network, adaptive equaliser, holography, liquid crystal, interferometer, motorised stage