PROF Gerard Parr, Chair of Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Ulster, School of Computing and Information Engineering in Coleraine, has been re-appointed to the Strategic Advisory Team of the UK Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC).
Professor Parr, right, will join with other leading UK academics to help identify research and training priorities and strategy within their respective portfolios. Professor Parr will have a specific focus on the ICT sector.
He explained: “EPSRC’s role is to ensure that the funding of skills and the research base are in place to meet the future needs of government, industry and society in the UK.
“EPSRC supports excellent, long term research and high quality postgraduate training in order to contribute to the economic competitiveness of the UK and the quality of life of its people. At any one time, it supports a portfolio of research and training between £2-£3 billion.”
Professor Parr has also been appointed to a newly formed International Advisory Group within EPSRC to assist in the development new collaborative research funding programmes in the ICT sector with international funding agencies, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the USA, EU, and the national agencies in Japan, India, Brazil and Canada.