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Queen's Professor Aims to Secure Greater Scientific Singapore-UK Collaboration

Queen's University will today be helping to make a further impact on links between Singapore and the UK in the burgeoning Electronic Systems Industry, as Professor Roger Woods from the University’s Institute of Electronic Communications and Information Technology (ECIT), will welcome delegates from around the world to the first Singapore-UK Microelectronics & Embedded Systems Workshop, as co-chair of the event. Taking place in The Biopolis, Singapore, MES 2007 is a key event of the UK–Singapore Partners in Science’ Initiative endorsed by the Prime Ministers of both countries.

Imagine the implications of a real-time wearable device that can predict a faint fall of an elderly person, especially those staying alone, or a calculator-size, portable wireless hard disk which can connect seamlessly with your laptop or desktop, complete with security features. An important component of what makes these possible is microelectronics and embedded systems, and as well as being Co-Chair of the MES 2007 event, Professor Woods will also present on the work currently being undertaken at the Programmable Systems Laboratory in Queen’s in that area.

Speaking about the significance of the event and how it came about, Professor Woods, who is also Chairman of the Microelectronics and Embedded Systems Professional and Technology Network of the IET (The Institution of Engineering and Technology), who organised the event said: “This landmark event originally came about as the result of an informal visit I undertook in December 2004 to the British High Commission. With their support and the support of my colleagues in the IET, the Agency for Science, Research and Technology, Nanyang Technology University and of course Queen’s, we have now created a vital common platform for scientists and industry members to exchange ideas on this fast growing technology area that will hopefully spark new innovations.

“Virtually every device from avionics to the home will be based on platforms involving research on microelectronics and embedded systems. They are already widely used in items such as our mobile phones, medical equipment and our car braking systems, and the work in the PSL at Queen’s is aimed at creating design tools and methodologies to cope with the challenges of building the next generation of such electronic systems. In addition to the staff based at our renowned ECIT Institute, colleagues are also working in the University’s Sonic Arts Research Centre where they are creating new musical instruments.

“This is a key event for the IET, emphasising its worldwide commitment to members throughout the globe and shows how the IET can work with government agencies and worldwide institutions to organise world-class events focuses for specialised technical areas.”

Endorsing the event, Mr David Campbell, Acting British High Commissioner, Singapore, said: “MES 2007 is a significant event in the collaboration between the UK and Singapore.”

The workshop was launched by Rear-Admiral (NS) Lui Tuck Yew, Minister-of-State for Education as the Guest-of-Honour, and has attracted about 300 delegates from UK and around the region.

Further information on the event can be found at

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