New degree programme for tomorrow’s internet engineers
Surrey’s new Computer and Internet Engineering degree aims to produce engineers with a solid grounding in both software and electronics, who will be equipped to create the connected solutions of the future.
With the exponential growth of the internet, there is high demand for a new kind of electronic engineer with the skills to develop innovative digital solutions on mobile and connected devices in areas such as telecommunications, healthcare and media streaming.
With this in mind, the University of Surrey has launched its Computer and Internet Engineering programme, available for 2017 entry, which will blend electronic engineering with computer science, enabling students to gain specialist skills in key areas such as web and app development. Following a common foundation year in programming and electronics, students will study specialised modules in topics including mobile communications, digital signal processing, Artificial Intelligence and media streaming.
Surrey is uniquely well-placed to deliver this innovative course because of its world-leading research in mobile communications, mHealth (the integration of mobile technology into healthcare) and audio-visual processing. Teaching will be informed by the work of the 5G Innovation Centre (the hub for UK research into the next generation communications network), our new £12.5m Engineering for Health facility, and our Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing, which works closely with the creative industries to develop innovative audio-visual technologies.
Students on both the BEng and MEng pathways will undertake a year-long individual project that draws on these research specialisms, enabling them to work alongside academics who are world leaders in their fields, and exposing them to the cutting edge techniques they will find in industry. Students on the MEng pathway will also take part in a multidisciplinary design project, in which they team up with students from across the engineering disciplines to achieve a goal.
Dr John Collomosse, a senior lecturer on the course, says, “This new interdisciplinary course broadens our offering to reflect the kind of skills employers are looking for in today’s connected world. A knowledge of video coding and streaming, for example, is essential for mobile content delivery, where streamed video already accounts for around 70 per cent of ll mobile internet traffic.
“After graduating, students from this course may go on to join leading companies in the mobile and telecoms sectors, the creative industries, or in the general software industry or hardware design.”
The course is run by Surrey’s Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering with some modules delivered by the Department of Computer Science.