Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) is a major research-driven university and a member of the prestigious “Russell Group of leading UK universities”. QUB has a record of academic achievements, which stretches back more than 150 years and makes it one of the oldest universities in the UK. Founded by Queen Victoria in 1845, QUB expanded and developed throughout the 20th century. Today, the University estate has more than 300 buildings (many of them listed for their architectural importance), and there are more than 1600 academic and research staff and over 17,500 full-time and part-time students from every corner of the world.

Queens has become one of the most respected universities in the British Isles, and its achievements have gained QUB an international recognition as recently evidenced by awards of Nobel Prizes to two former graduates and academic members of staff. Queen's now combines the best of tradition with a progressive outlook, and at the regional level, teaching and internationally renowned research carried out at QUB play a major role in the educational, professional, industrial, and cultural life of Northern Ireland. It is an institution with a world-class academic reputation as reflected in the award of a Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2006, the fourth time the University has been honoured in this way.

The Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) is a new € 60M world-class research centre in the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Queen’s University Belfast. Located on the Northern Ireland Science Park in Belfast's Titanic Quarter, ECIT houses the state-of-the-art laboratories and the School’s four research groups. 120 academics, senior research staff, post-doctoral fellows and research students are involved in a rich mixture of “blue skies” and strategic industrial related multidisciplinary research. The research activity at ECIT has a strong collaborative and international emphasis, with many strategic partnerships established with leading international universities and industries.

The High Frequency Electronics Group (HFEG) is a division of ECIT. The group is internationally renowned for the research in electromagnetic wave phenomena, artificial electromagnetic materials and their applications in microwave and mm-wave antennas, monolithic integrated devices and packaged systems. The research output from the HFEG in the past five years has exceeded 200 international quality referred journal and conference papers, four patents, one book, and fifteen PhD degree awards.

The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments around the world, Nokia is a leading innovator in the field of networking and communications technology, products and services. The company is home to Bell Labs, one of the world's foremost research centers, responsible for breakthroughs that have shaped the networking and communications industry.

Established in 2004, Bell Labs Ireland strives to be a world class end-to-end systems and solutions lab for the creation of future application enablement and innovative network leveraging technologies:

  • create innovative technologies and solutions to improve energy and cost performance in telecommunications systems;
  • create technologies and solutions in services-centric operations research, semantic networking, and wide-area sensor systems.

Bell Labs Ireland transfers these technologies to Alcatel-Lucent’s businesses, and operates an open innovation model to test and refine application enablement and to showcase chosen technologies via collaboration with the local industry and academia.

Areas of research:

  • Wireless Sensor Networks Research developing the technology, solutions, and prototypes for multi-application, wide-area, large-scale, robust wireless sensor networks with low-cost power-constrained nodes, all deployed, configured, and run autonomously with minimal user intervention;
  • Semantic Networking Research investigating the automatic enablement and correlation of information currently resident within current networks into usable knowledge via semantic network and data-mining techniques;
  • Operations Research creating the innovative modeling, decision support techniques and analytical insights that enable the continual optimization of the new and evolving business models and strategies;
  • Supply Chain Analytics Research developing analytical capabilities to produce a cost-optimized, but flexible Alcatel-Lucent supply chain, as well as advancing a scientific understanding of the systems that underpin key supply chain functions;
  • Test and Reliability Research producing innovations leading to highly reliable products produced using effective, cost-optimized test strategies;
  • Hardware Platforms Research optimising platform design for the supply chain, with a focus on reconfigurable and scalable RF hardware needed for next generation wireless systems;
  • Thermal Management Research creating innovative platforms for dealing with telecommunication’s extreme thermal densities;
  • Eco-sustainability Research pursuing improved energy performance in systems that enable high reliability with minimal ecological impact for highly leveraged networks.