Regius professorships are endowed by a royal patron, and twelve have just been awarded to "outstanding" university departments to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
At SSTL we are delighted that the excellence in research and teaching by the Department of Electronic Engineering at the University of Surrey will be recognised with the award of a Regius professorship by Her Majesty the Queen. SSTL works closely with our colleagues at the University of Surrey
, and particularly with the Surrey Space Centre
, so we applaud their success and we think it's well deserved.
Before this award, only two Regius professorships were awarded in the last century, both at the University of Cambridge.
The Department of Electronic Engineering at the University of Surrey is structured around four Centres, each of which is recognised as World-leading.
Advanced Technology Institute (ATI)
is renowned for its work on materials and devices for future applications in electronics and photonics. Recent research has concentrated on finding novel solutions for clean energy organic-hybrid solar cells using nanostructures, and carbon-based electronic devices.
The Centre for Communication Systems Research (CCSR)
is the largest academic research group on information and communication technologies in Europe. It specialises in broadband communications, the Internet, and the Internet of Things. Recently CCSR was awarded a Government grant to develop advanced mobile broadband internet technologies and drive the definition of 5G cellular communications standards from the UK.
The Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP)
researches signal processing, pattern recognition and interpretation with applications such as automatic face recognition, 3D modelling and video technology, and secure speech communications and protocols.
The Surrey Space Centre (SSC)
is directed by SSTL's Executive Chairman, Professor Sir Martin Sweeting and pioneers the concept of rapid-response, low-cost, highly-capable small satelliltes. The SSC have been involved in know-how transfer and training programmes for many of SSTL's customers, providing theoretical space engineering qualifications for engineers from 16 countries, including Nigeria, Algeria, Kazakhstan and Turkey. The Centre has growing links with Caltech and JPL/NASA on the innovative use of small satellite technologies, and their research feeds into many of the technologies used by SSTL today and being developed for future missions.