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23 March 2009
George Gordon an engineering graduate
from Auckland University has won a
Rutherford scholarship to do his PhD working
on the Intelligent airport project here in
Airport terminals will increasingly require systems with high levels of computational power to provide the necessary intelligent automation; to provide high quality services to passengers; stringent levels of safety and security that are as unobtrusive as possible; efficient processing of commercial goods and luggage; high quality information systems; airport transportation systems and appropriate support for in-house commercial ventures. The Intelligent Airport (TINA) project seeks to develop a next generation advanced wired and wireless network to meet the potential requirements for future “intelligent networks” within an airport environment. To address this major topic, a wide range of skills are required including those in computer architectures, protocols, fixed and wireless links and sensing units, in particular Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). The project involves four research groups: University College London, the University of Cambridge (in both Electrical Engineering and the Computer Laboratory) and the University of Leeds, who are working together to address different aspects of the network, collaborating with partner companies including Arup, BAA, Boeing, Laing O’Rourke, Motorola, Red-M, Tyco and Zinwave. Since the instigation of the project, other companies have expressed interest in becoming involved. The research groups have forged new links with Professor Henry Chan of Hong Kong Polytechnic University who has developed a sister project, involving Cisco and the Hong Kong International Airport Authority.
A Showcase Event in October 2008 provided an overview of the advances to date within the project, allowing participants to view first phase demonstrations by the Universities. There were also presentations from speakers representing Ofcom, the Hong Kong Airport Project and the Department's Institute for Manufacturing's RFID team.
The following Projects were demonstrated:
The project has also generated a prize winner; George Gordon, an engineering graduate from Auckland University has won a Rutherford scholarship to do his PhD working on the Intelligent airport project here in Cambridge. George has been studying ways to connect information from independent electronic sources in an "intelligent airport" using fibre optic and radio frequency technologies. The doctoral scholarship at Cambridge marks the 100th anniversary of Ernest Rutherford receiving the Nobel Prize. The Rutherford Foundation said the Auckland University student had shown exceptional academic ability.
For further information please contact Professor Richard Penty email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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