The School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering (EESE) at the University of Birmingham employs some 30 full-time academic staff and approximately 60 research assistants, and has a population of around 100 Doctoral Researchers. EESE has an annual income of around £3 million. Research is supported through grants from the European Union, UK Research Councils, the Ministry of Defence, and UK Industry.
EESE has a long-standing international reputation in research related to Microwave Engineering and Radar Systems and to Electrical Power and Control, particularly in Rail Systems. Over the past decade, it has been investing in, and growing, research in areas related to Computer Systems Engineering.
The University of Birmingham is situated in the second largest city – Birmingham, which is considered to be the ‘energy valley’ in the UK as well as in Europe. Energy research is one of the priority research areas of the university. The 3rd energy industry revolution is taking place where the key is the development of electrical power systems in the context of smart grids. Advances in electrical power systems are playing a pivotal role in the development of a sustainable energy supply, enabling efficient integration of renewable energy generation into smart grids.
The Emerging Device Technology (EDT) Research Group is composed of researchers whose interests are based around the theme of materials and devices in general. There is a solid research base with its staff having many years experience in superconducting, insulating and semiconducting materials. The research includes the basic science of materials, characterisation and the production of materials for specific applications. The demonstration of applications in collaboration with end users forms a significant part of the groups work. The scope of this potentially wide area of research is determined by our choice of materials to be investigated, which is governed by the extensive knowledge in the group for the requirements of modern technology.
Our work begins with human activity and we engineer solutions to recognise, respond to or support this activity. To do this we develop fundamental understanding of how human activity is performed, how it can be modelled and how it can be enhanced. This involves research ranging from the study of human activity in real world settings to data mining, machine learning, and digital signal processing. Much of our work focuses on specific application domains, such as healthcare and rehabilitation, education and heritage, defence and security.
Research and knowledge transfer is cruicial to improve the speed, safety, resilience, sustainability, operations and management of railways across the system. We seek to translate our findings to tangible improvements and impacts on railways. Our integrated research and consultancy approach provides solutions to grand system-wide challenges as well as at component level and sub-system level.
Mitigation of the effects of the space environment on radio systems presents a wide range of challenges. These require research into the specification and forecasting of the ionosphere, the radio propagation impact, radio instrumentation, assimilative mathematics, and advanced computing techniques. The applications are as diverse as HF radar and corrections in low frequency astronomy exploring the origins of the universe.
Wireless Communications and Remote Sensing underpin most aspects of the modern electronic technologies that are instrumental in shaping the world. The School of EESE is home to one of the UK's largest and most active research groups in this area.