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UU's Parr Delivers India Telecoms Keynote

27th November 2006



University of Ulster telecommunications expert Professor Gerard Parr will be flying the flag for Northern Ireland in India this week.

Professor Parr, Chair in Telecommunications Engineering at UU’s Coleraine campus, has been invited to give a keynote presentation at a major international technology and innovation conference in Bangalore which will be attended by leading researchers and senior executives from the world’s largest ICT companies including Infosys, Wipro, Microsoft, HP, BT Group, Sasken Communications and ARM.

Coleraine-based Professor Parr is leading a number of major collaborative projects with India, including a UK Trade and Investment funded project relating to the establishment of an Indo-UK Advanced Technology Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks and Services.

Over the next three to five years consumers will start to really see the benefits of the billions invested in the next wave of integrated telecommunications systems operated over an all-IP infrastructure and Professor Parr is hoping that Northern Ireland will reap the rewards in terms of future inward investment, collaborative research and technology transfer projects and opportunities for international student exchanges.

UU is the lead partner in a major consortium which includes key universities in the UK such as University College London, Surrey, Southampton, Queen Mary London, St Andrew’s and Cambridge, as well as the Indian Institutes of Technology in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Madras. The initiative also has significant support from the ICT industry in UK and India.

Professor Parr says the conference represents a major opportunity to showcase UU’s research in Next Generation Networking and Systems.

“It’s also important platform to highlight existing and planned collaborations with India to senior executives in the ICT industry and high-ranking government officials on the development of policies for R&D collaboration between the UK and India.

“How we manage technological innovation is crucially important to sustain competitiveness for companies in a wide variety of business sectors. This is a complex and often challenging area for organisations, given the rapid rate of technological change.”

Professor Parr said that as NGN Systems become more intelligent and more context-aware, there will be a richer set of user service-orientated applications running across the integrated fixed and wireless networks extending to business and home networks. Areas such as consumer entertainment, interactive multimedia, pervasive real-time sensor Grids for utility management, supply chain systems, education and research will ultimately benefit on a global scale.

"This will lead to pressure for businesses to be innovative to take advantage of the new service offerings.”

“The good news for the consumer is that although they will have the benefit of more choice and at less cost, the complexity of the supporting systems will be hidden from them…. therein lies the engineering challenge for the research community,” says Professor Parr.

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