In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the Department of Electronic Engineering was ranked second in the UK within the Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials unit of assessment for the scale and impact of its research, with 93 per cent of research undertaken by the Department rated as world leading or internationally excellent.
The Department has maintained this standing throughout previous Research Assessment Exercises held in 2008 and 2001.
The excellence of our research is recognized by the prestigious prizes we continue to receive from both industry and government bodies. Furthermore we have very strong working relationships with industry, which provide a substantial proportion of the Department’s overall research income.
Research in the Department is carried out in four research centres with cross cutting themes:
The Advanced Technology Institute
The Advanced Technology Institute is an interdisciplinary research institute investigating materials and devices for future electronics and photonics, addressing challenges in renewable energy, healthcare and information technology, led by Professor Ravi Silva.
Institute for Communication Systems
The Institute for Communication Systems (formerly the Centre for Communication Systems Research, CCSR) is the largest academic research group in communications in Europe, specialising in mobile and network technology, with over 150 researchers, led by Professor Rahim Tafazolli.
The Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing
The Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing is one of the largest and best renowned centres in Europe focused on all aspects of research in image, video and audio processing, led by Professor Adrian Hilton.
Surrey Space Centre
Surrey Space Centre conducts research into cost-effective satellite engineering for affordable access to space, led by Professor Guglielmo Aglietti.