The vision of the CEPS CDT is to create a new generation of researchers who are able to carry out world-leading research in circuits and systems which incorporate electronic, photonic and wireless components, thus providing future leaders in the creation of the connected electronic and photonic systems upon which society will depend. The change in systems that this will enable is as profound as the development of the personal computer from a simple stand-alone device to the fully networked information appliance that we have today. Graduates from the Centre’s four year PhD programme will lead new industries providing products and systems, connecting electronics with photonics. UK electronics and UK photonics are large industries with annual revenues of £78 billion and £11 billion respectively. The new Centre builds on the enormous success of the EPSRC funded collaboration between these two world-leading universities, who set up joint CDTs for Photonic Systems Development in 2009 and Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems in 2013.
The Centre brings together multi-disciplinary, cutting edge research activities from groups in electronic engineering, communications, photonics, nanotechnology, physics, materials, computer science, manufacturing, biomedical engineering, biotechnology, civil engineering and chemical engineering with contributions from more than 35 collaborating companies to provide an outstanding training environment for its students. In creating the new Centre, we have brought together key research groups from Cambridge and UCL to create a training environment of unparalleled richness.