The global impact and sophistication of modern telecommunications requires not only the advanced technical skills but also full appreciation broader context of the scientific, commercial and societal aspects of the emerging technologies. ARTISAN dissemination and outreach activitiesare purported to address these needs at several different levels.

Fellow development

Researchers and engineers cross-trained in the communications system architecture and co-design are in short supply and are highly employable across Europe. Therefore it is anticipated that ESRs trained by ARTISAN will be well sought after by employers.The ARTISAN training programme aims to nurture innovative thinking, foster creativity and develop entrepreneurial skills of ESRs. Founded on the strengths and complementarities of the QUB and Bell Labs, ARTISAN will bring both short- and long-term benefits to fellows who will be

  • engaged in the unique blend of academic and industrial research underlying commercial product design;
  • mentored and guided by the QUB and Bell Labs world-class researchers and engineers working at the frontiers of modern RF technologies and their commercial applications;
  • presented with an extensive range of courses for transferable skills’ development;
  • exposed to both academic and industrial environments, and in their future roles, they will be able to readily liaise between the industry and academia;
  • equipped with unique set of skills and competencesthat go beyond traditional specific areas and cover the diverse aspects of RF technology highly valuable for the telecommunications markets;
  • given improved career perspectives and opportunities for future employability.

Entrepreneurship will be promoted here through various routes. On the successful completion of the projects, ESRs will be encouraged to explore opportunities for commercialisation of their research outcomes within the limits of the CA and IPR provisions. In the latter case, ESRs may experience how technology advancements are transferred into commercial product design.

Technological advancements

Main research training outcomes are determined by unique opportunities for fellows to conduct innovative research in the challenging technical problems with potential for broad technological impact. The expected results will provide the new technological capabilities for realisation of adaptive RF front-end for the new generation mobile phone base stations. Each fellow will be enrolled in the full-time PhD study at QUB and undertake an individual research project carried out jointly by the Bell Labs and QUB renowned for both the scientific and technological advancements and commercial success.

Public-private sector collaboration

The ARTISAN research training programme establishes long-term lasting academia/industry collaborative research engagement. This alliance of Bell Labs with QUB will enable

  • Bell Labs to tailor the joint training activities for potential candidates for future Member of Technical Staff roles within Bell Labs Ireland;
  • QUB researchers gain closer insight into the practical needs of private industry and expand or/and develop new lines of research of mutual interest;
  • Synergy of QUB and Bell Labs will increase the research potential and capacity of both partners that will lead to faster and more efficient knowledge transfer and commercialisation of the research outcomes.

European Community

ARTISAN programme aims to cross-train future pioneers with the capacity to lead the research and development of future communication systems. This goal can only be achieved by consolidated efforts in the research training at a European level.

The cohesive research and training agenda informed by the practical requirements of the communications industry will enhance the knowledge transfer between the academia, private industry and broader community in the European research area. Significantly, the ARTISAN training programme will produce highly qualified research engineers and technologists with the 1.5 years’ practical experience in private industry. As a result, these researchers will be highly valuable assets for the European wireless communications industry involved in the extensive developments of next generations of adaptive and reconfigurable wireless communications systems.

Thus, in addition to the research findings, their synergy of QUB and Bell Labs in the ARTISAN training programme will give Europe the leading edge in the bringing up researchers and engineers for the telecom industry operating in highly competitive markets.