Queens University of Belfast (QUB), UK
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Two research centres at Queen’s University of Belfast are involved
in the ENABLED project: the Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC) and the
Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC). Experts in these two research centres
will contribute to the different areas of research and development
in this project.
The Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC)
Is an initiative by the Faculty of Engineering that brings together
expertise on Virtual Reality, Engineering Computation, Physical Modelling
and CAD technologies. It specialises in the validated simulation of
complex engineering systems, supported by state of the art computational
and experimental laboratories.
Current Virtual Reality related research being conducted in the centre
- Telecommunications for Distributed Virtual Reality and Virtual Engineering
- Ergonomics & Virtual Reality for Laparoscopic Surgery,
- Design and Visualisation of Footwear in a Virtual Environment, etc.
Experiences and knowledge gained from the above research can deepen
the understanding in applying telecommunication technologies and haptic
interaction for the work packages in the ENABLED project. A world-class
virtual reality theatre which is equipped with a state-of-the-art
stereoscopic digital project, a 3D surround sound system, and high-end
force feedback devices, is available for development and evaluation
purpose. The VR theatre is also linked with other research laboratories
on campus via high speed networks, such as ATM and Gigabit Ethernet.
The academic personnel in the VEC have experiences in running and
managing previous Framework programmes such as: WINE, IST-1999-10028
(FP5), FashionNet (TEN-IBC), CABSINET (ACTS).
The Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC)
Is a newly established centre of excellence, dedicated to the research
of music technology. This unique interdisciplinary project has united
internationally recognised experts in the areas of musical composition,
signal processing, internet technology and digital hardware from departments
at the University and recruiting new researchers in the fields of
music, electronic engineering and computer science to create a research
team of around twenty people. The Centre is established in a purpose-built
structure located near the Schools of Music, Electrical and Electronic
Engineering and Computer Science. This houses the Sonic Laboratory,
recording studios, research laboratories and office space. The centrepiece
of the research facility will be the Sonic Laboratory. This facility
will enable research teams to develop and implement cutting edge initiatives
in the creation and delivery of music and audio. Moreover, it provides
an ideal place for demonstrating the technologies developed in the
- Dr. Wai (Ray) Yu has obtained his PhD at the University of Surrey
by research in man-machine interface for teleoperation and telerobotics.
He has studied the control strategies used in teleoperation to coordinate
the input from human operators and the computer intelligent control.
He proposed and demonstrated human computer cooperative control on
an experimental testbed developed in his PhD. Afterwards; he joined
the Department of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow in
1999. He worked on a Multivis project which is about developing multimodal
visualisation tools for visually impaired people. Ever since, he has
been working on the multimodal interfaces to present graphical information
for visually impaired people. He and his colleagues published over
15 papers in various international conferences and journals during
the three-year period. He is currently working as a research engineer
at the Virtual Engineering Centre and contributing to the centre’s
research in distributed haptic virtual environments and assistive
technology based on his experiences. He was actively involved in the
preparation of a STREP - SCAN submitted to the first call of IST.
He has close contact with the Blind Centre for Northern Ireland (BCNI),
the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB N.I.) which will collaborate
with the ENABLED project by organising user focus group and training
and evaluation sessions.
- Professor Alan Marshall is a Full Professor in Telecommunications
Networks in the Queen’s University of Belfast, and a senior
member of IEEE. He is director of the Advanced Telecommunications
Laboratory within the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
He received the B.Sc. degree from the University of Ulster in 1985,
and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Aberdeen in 1992. He has
spent over 20 years working in tele- and computer communications.
From 1988 to 1990 he was employed by the Admiralty Research Establishment
(UK) working on real-time computer networks for surface platforms,
and between 1990 and 1993 he was employed as a senior systems engineer
with Nortel Networks (UK), were he worked on 2nd generation cellular
(GSM), and high-speed transmission (SDH) products. He has undertaken
the role of expert witness in a major international telecommunications
lawsuit with regard to his expertise in this area. He is widely recognized
in the area of network modelling and performance analysis, and has
organized and chaired technical sessions for numerous international
He has been a permanent member of the organizing committee for the
IEE/IEEE International Conferenceon Telecommunications (ICT) since
1995, and IEEE/IFIP Management of Multimedia Networks and Services
(MMNS) since 1999, and was general chair for MMNS2003. He is director
of the the [new window] Advanced
Networks Laboratory , which serves as a focus for Telecommunications
related research in the University.
Current research involves: Quality of service (QoS) and programmable
network architectures, intelligent packet schedulers,programmable
routing algorithms for ad-hoc and multi-hop networks, sensor networks,
and agent enhanced network management. He has published over 90 scientific
papers and holds joint patent applications in the areas of spread
spectrum communications, packet scheduling and wireless network architectures.
He has been active in a number of major European collaborative projects
including: (i) technical prime in the TEN-IBC project FASHIONET (B3004);
(ii) ACTS project CABSINET (AC236), and WINE (IST--1999-10028). He
also has had directly funded research with a number of major companies
including: Nortel Networks, Fujitsu, and Xilinx corp. He is one of
the main participants in a £4M funded, Virtual Engineering Centre
(VEC) a newly established centre of excellence, with particular emphasis
on the transmission of distributed Virtual and Augmented reality systems,
and Force reflective (haptic) information in real-time.
- Dr. Gordon Dodds (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) is a Senior
Lecturer in EEE. He has attracted funding of over 1.5 M€ to the
School from EU, Industry and UK National resources. In his work on
Virtual Reality he was a core part of the team that has created the
7.5 M€ Virtual Engineering Centre, and he continues to dynamically
manage the work. He has had EU research fellows under the Marie Curie
Program. His work has included funded working abroad (for almost two
years) and co-operative research with the Bundeswehr University Munich
and Deutsche Bahn AG. He is an editor on IFAC Control Engineering
Practice, has been on the IEEE IROS Program Committee since 1997 and
is a technical committee member of other international conferences.
He is vice-Chair of the UK IEEE Section (with >10,000 members).
He has spent almost a year in Japan funded in robotic research by
the Japanese government and British Council and introduced parallel
processing into advanced robot control. He is competent in both German
and Japanese and is aware of the difficulties of and the solutions
for problems of trans-national working.
- Dr. Graham McAllister is a lecturer at the Sonic Arts Research Centre
(SARC) which specializes in the interdisciplinary research of computing
science, electronic engineering and music. From 1999 to 2002 he was
a senior software engineer at Nortel Networks where he worked on next-generation
software for Network Management Systems. He has interests in wireless
networking, audio security, music informatics and image compression