The Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering is one of the leading departments worldwide in its subject area. Of departments that submitted all their academic research staff for assessment in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), UCL was ranked as the leading department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering in the UK in terms of research outputs, with 37.7% of research outputs given the highest 4* world leading rating and 58.3% given 3* internationally excellent. Departments were also assessed for the non-academic impact of their research and for the quality of their research environment to arrive at an overall rating. Here UCL was ranked as one of the top two departments of Electronic and Electrical Engineering in the UK who submitted all of their academic research staff for assessment, with an overall ratings profile of 40% 4*, 57% 3*, 3% 2* and no 1* or unclassified activity.
The research strategic focus of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering is on information: information sensing, ranging from nerve impulses to radar returns; information processing from specialised analogue and digital signal processing to systems for “beyond Moore’s Law” quantum information processing; information transmission, with new coding approaches, advanced wireless systems and technologies at up to THz frequencies, optical communications systems that will reach the ultimate throughput limits of optical fibre and the exploration of new network and service approaches to enable the future internet; information output from nerve amplifiers to advanced display modelling. Our research spans the range of the subject from fundamental materials investigations through the creation of novel devices and sub-systems to large-scale systems studies. Since energy, manufacturing and public policy considerations underpin all electronic systems and their applications we integrate these considerations in all our work with active participation in the worldwide GreenTouch collaboration for energy efficient Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and participation in UCL Engineering initiatives, such as the recently launched UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering. Our work involves extensive industrial and other user collaboration, a noteworthy example is our involvement with the BBC Research and Development-UCL strategic partnership.
The department’s research areas comprise the following five Research Groups:
We aspire to become the best Electronic and Electrical Engineering department in Europe, and one that is routinely recognized as among the top 5 departments in the world. We strive for excellence across the board, via seamless integration of research, teaching and knowledge transfer. We want to grow our 4* stature and be seen as the global leader, because of our innovative minds, scientific scholarship and engineering effectiveness. Examples of our key priorities are listed below.