[Press and Public Relations] Computing, Communications And The Real World

November 2001

No 166

University of Leicester Department of Engineering 4th Annual Industry Lecture

While the fourth Annual Industry Lecture at the University of Leicester will deal with the latest technology, the event will also look back and celebrate forty years since the first students were admitted to read Engineering at the University.

To mark the occasion some of the very first Engineering graduates will be joining staff, more recent graduates, current students, industrial sponsors and academics for the lecture by Professor Andy Hopper, entitled, Location Information: Systems and Applications.

Andy Hopper is Professor of Communications at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College. He has been Managing Director of AT&T Laboratories Cambridge Ltd from its beginnings as Olivetti Research Ltd in 1986. He is also a founding Director of seven other companies.

Professor Hopper’s research interests include networking, multimedia, and mobile systems. A graduate of the University of Wales, he received a PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1978 and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

His lecture will explore the use of sensor information to make computing and communications systems more responsive to the real world – a technique sometimes called Sentient Computing. He explained: “The generation of precise location information for objects and personnel within buildings requires very specific measurement systems. The talk will describe how a building can be instrumented to provide such information, the applications that follow, and the performance and adaptation constraints that have to be met.”

Head of Engineering at the University of Leicester Professor Ian Postlethwaite said: "Andy Hopper is a rare individual - not only is he an outstanding academic, he is also a very successful company director. His work on sentient computing is far reaching, raising important questions for society and providing exciting opportunities for the future."

Note to editors: Further details are available from Professor Ian Postlethwaite, Head of the Department of Engineering, University of Leicester, telephone 0116 252 2547, fax 0116 252 2619, email ixp@le.ac.uk

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