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Interdisciplinary Research Centre

Research in Smart Systems and Device Design theme within the University of Cambridge's energy initiative is designing solutions for the use of data and computation to reduce energy use. It brings together research undertaken in the Computer Laboratory and Departments of Engineering, Physics and Materials Science and Metallurgy.

Key areas of expertise at the University of Cambridge include:

  • Energy efficient computing lowering the energy consumption of computing infrastructure through low-power chip architectures, programming for multi-core, virtualisation, and power analysis of mobile devices
  • Photonics and electronics including novel solutions for backlighting displays, low-energy luminescent materials, and the design of large area electronics for the built environment
  • Networks and communication increasing the efficiency and utility of moving information by reducing energy consumption, increasing bandwidth, lowering latency and designing low energy network protocols
  • Sensing to effectively monitor the physical environment. This information can be used to optimise usage and utilisation, pre-emptively detect physical faults or defects, or to provide the basis of feedback for inspiring behaviour change
  • Energy demand management through the use of mobile or embedded devices for control and reporting, developing applications and managing personal information
  • Security and dependability to improve the trustworthiness of computers running our energy networks and systems

Example projects include: Computing for the Future of the PlanetIntelligent Energy Aware NetworksWINES Smart Infrastructure, and Transport Information Management Environment.

Please visit individual faculty profiles to learn more about their research in the Smart Systems and Device Design theme.  

People specializing in this area

Principal Investigators

Professor Ross  Anderson
Professor of Security Engineering
Professor Jeremy  Baumberg
Dr Alan  Blackwell
Reader in Interdisciplinary Design, Computer Laboratory
Professor Daping  Chu
Head of the Photonics & Sensors Group and the Chairman of the CAPE (Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics) Steering Committee
Dr Jacqui  Cole
Royal Society University Research Fellow
Head of the Structure & Dynamics group, Cavendish Laboratory
Professor Harry  Coles
Head of the Molecular Materials for the Photonics Group and Director of the Centre of Molecular Materials for Photonics and Electronics
Professor Russell  Cowburn
+44 (0)1223 337277
Professor Jon  Crowcroft
Marconi Professor of Communications Systems
Dr Michael  De Volder
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Dr. Amalio  Fernandez-Pacheco
EPSRC Early Career Fellow/Winton Advanced Research Fellow
Dr. Andrew  Flewitt
University Reader in Electronic Engineering
Professor Sir Richard  Friend
Director of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Cavendish Professor of Physics
Professor Andy  Hopper
Professor of Computer Technology, Head of Computer Laboratory
Professor Frank  Kelly
Professor of the Mathematics of Systems
Master of Christ's College
Professor Ian  Leslie
Professor of Computer Science
Dr Teng  Long
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Lecturer in Power Electronics
Professor Jan  Maciejowski
Professor of Control Engineering
Professor Duncan  McFarlane
Professor of Service and Support Engineering
Professor Campbell  Middleton
Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering
Professor Bill  Milne
Director of the Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics
Head of Electrical Engineering
Dr Laura  Torrente
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Professor Andy  Neely
Head, Institute for Manufacturing
Professor Erwin  Reisner
Member of Energy IRC Steering Committee
Dr Andrew  Rice
University Senior Lecturer
Professor Peter  Robinson
Professor of Computer Technology
Professor Kenichi  Soga
Professor of Civil Engineering
Professor Ian  White
van Eck Professor of Engineering
Professor Tim  Wilkinson
Professor of Photonic Engineering

Associate Members

Senior Commercialisation Associate
Engagement Manager
Head Future Systems
Dr Beatrix  Schlarb-Ridley
Director of Innovation and Impact

Postdoctoral Researchers

Graduate Students