The following academic unit forms the submission to UoA 13:
Within the School there are four research groups. Find out about the staff and projects in each area:
- Power Electronics, Drives and Machines
- Emerging Technology and Materials
- Communications, Sensors and Signal Processing
Cross-disciplinary research themes exist, some linked to other units and centres, such as:
Our research in this area is making a positive impact on a global scale:
Improving underwater communications
The following case studies demonstrate the impact of our research:
Commercialisation of underwater acoustic communication and positioning technologyCommercialisation of underwater acoustic communication and positioning technology
The commercialisation of Newcastle University's pioneering research in underwater acoustic communication has created market leading products, achieving economic impact, enhanced subsea operations, an award for improved diver safety and reduced impact of subsea acoustic emissions on marine mammals.
Our research outputs have been incorporated in a range of products manufactured under licence by Tritech International Ltd. Since 2008 the MicronNav product has become the preferred solution for tracking underwater remotely operated vehicles from manufacturers including Seabotix Inc and Videoray Inc, with over £2m of licensed products sold to date.
Bespoke high performance data telemetry systems have also enabled previously impossible subsea operations to be completed.
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High efficiency drives for consumer appliances - Commercially SensitiveHigh efficiency drives for consumer appliances - Commercially Sensitive
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Worldwide industrial adoption of asynchronous system designWorldwide industrial adoption of asynchronous system design
Newcastle University's fundamental research into the automated synthesis of asynchronous systems and metastability analysis has resulted in new technologies that have been adopted worldwide by the microprocessor industry and educational sectors.
In particular, Newcastle's asynchronous design methods and tools based on Petri nets have been used by the industry leading vendor Intel Corporation for their switch silicon technology, on which most transactions on the NYSE and NASDAQ (with combined daily volume of trade exceeding £80bn) now rely.
Oracle Corporation used the results of Newcastle's metastability analysis research for building their SPARC series of servers, marketed as having "world's fastest microprocessor".
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Development of an open network communication protocol standard - CANopenDevelopment of an open network communication protocol standard - CANopen
Research during the 1990's at Newcastle University resulted in the development of CANopen (Control Area Network open), a manufacturer independent communication protocol for connecting multiple devices used in industrial systems.
It has resulted in opening up the market by providing the platform for a low-cost simplified method of connecting off-the-shelf devices to communicate effectively over a network, benefiting the global economy and inspiring innovation.
The significance of the impact is evident by the wide incorporation of the technology in a diverse range of products ranging from health care, automotive, renewable energy, rail and aerospace industries. The reach of the impact is evident by its use in product development by national and international companies and is the de-facto European standard EN 50325-4 (CiA 301).
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