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Bo Tan received the B.Sc. degree in communications engineering in 2004 and the M.Sc. degree in circuits and systems in 2008 from the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing, China. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Digital Communications from The University of Edinburgh, UK, in 2013. He became a research associate with the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University College London in 2012. His research includes signal processing for radio signals in communications and radar systems, relays and MIMO in communications, wireless sensor networks, indoor positioning with opportunistic signals. He has also worked for startups and telecommunications operators on hardware design and commercial development. Bo was on secondment through the BITE Industry Exchange Award Scheme at u-blox, a leading provider of wireless and positioning modules, working on technical solutions and the business/marketing strategy for new indoor positioning solutions. Upon completion of his secondment, Bo continued working as a researcher in indoor positioning systems and is currently working on the SPHERE project at the University of Bristol. Bo has also maintained close links with UCL, where he is currently a visiting scholar.
Video: Bo’s secondment at u-blox
Bowei Chen is a completing PhD student in the Department of Computer Science at University College London. His research lies mostly in online digital markets and derivatives evaluation. His thesis studies financial models to solve the non-guaranteed delivery (GD) problem in online advertising. Bowei was on secondment through the BITE Industry Exchange Award Scheme at MediaGamma, a new company that brings advanced technologies into the online display advertising market. MediaGamma offers a futures and options trading platform, solving the non-GD problem and creating a newly-automated market that pre-sells the premium display ads. Upon completion of his secondment, Bowei continued his relationship with MediaGamma by helping them prepare funding proposals to extend the state-of-the-art work carried out at the company.
Edward Challis is a researcher, educator and consultant of machine learning methods in both academia and industry. Edward is passionate about developing and improving data-centric technologies that will improve the way we live. Edward graduated with a BSc in Mathematics and an MSc in Artificial Intelligence. Having spent two years working for a large European hedge fund, he returned to academia to gain a PhD in Machine Learning at UCL. His research has focused on scaling probabilistic and Bayesian Machine Learning techniques to solve large automated and sequential decision making problems. Edward was on secondment through the BITE Industry Exchange Award Scheme at Skimlinks, a web start-up delivering affiliate marketing technology services. Upon completion of his secondment, Edward continued his relationship with Skimlinks working with them on a part-time basis as a Data Scientist.
Video: Ed’s secondment at Skimlinks
Frank Kwame Tutu received his MEng in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from UCL in 2009. He joined the UCL Molecular Beam Epitaxy Group in March 2010 as a PhD student, to work on the fabrication of III-V Quantum Dot Intermediate Band Solar Cells. He has a broad interest in photonics and energy technologies. He has authored and co-authored a number of journal papers in solar cells and lasers. In 2012 Frank was a JSPS Fellow at the Research Centre for Advance Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo, Japan. Frank was on secondment through the BITE Industry Exchange Award Scheme at Fibercore until September 2014 working in technical customer support on specialty optical fibers. Upon completion of his secondment, Frank was offered a position at Fibercore as Development and Project Engineer.
George Smart joined the Electronic & Electrical Engineering department of University College London in September 2007 when he started his undergraduate master’s degree. Upon completion of his degree, he stayed with the department, joining the Communications and Information Systems group, where he is currently working towards a PhD on energy-aware MAC protocols for wireless sensor networks under the supervision of Dr Yiannis Andreopoulos. His research interests go beyond wireless sensor networks to span various areas, including embedded systems software and firmware, digital signal processing and hardware design. George was on secondment through the BITE Industry Exchange Award Scheme at ARM working on low power communications. Upon completion of his secondment, George returned to UCL to finish his PhD with the potential of returning to ARM as a full-time employee having submitted his thesis.
Jozef Dobos is the creator of 3D Repo, an open source version control system for 3D models. He is currently completing his Engineering Doctorate in Virtual Environments, Imaging and Visualisation at University College London. In 2009, he received his Masters in Software Engineering from Imperial College London. Based on his continuous 3D Repo development he won the Amazon Research Grant, the Rabin Ezra Bursary, the VEIV Advance Scholarship and the Bright Ideas Award. In 2014, he was shortlisted for the Royal Academy of Engineering ERA Foundation Entrepreneurs Award. He is a Professional Member of the British Computer Society. Jozef was on secondment through the BITE Industry Exchange Award Scheme at Balfour Beatty, a leading professional and construction services firm in the UK. Upon completion of his secondment, Jozef continued his relationship with the construction industry working on a number of innovative projects including the A63 Castle Street improvements in collaboration with Balfour Beatty, Arup and the Highways Agency.
Shuai Yuan is completing his PhD thesis at University College London. He has been working on mathematical models of online advertising with a number of companies such as AppNexus, Advance International Media, Bright, Dot.tk, and Miaozhen. He has a background in information retrieval, data mining, machine learning, and economic theories; his research interests in computational advertising have been focused on supply side optimisation in Real-Time Bidding (RTB), bidding algorithms, and statistical arbitrage. Shuai Yuan has published several research papers in top-tier conferences and workshops including CIKM, SIGKDD, and ADKDD. Among them, he published the first empirical study on RTB auctions. He and his colleagues won the 3rd season of iPinyou Global Bidding Algorithm Competition in 2013. He also contributes to an open advertising dataset project. Shuai was on secondment through the BITE Industry Exchange Award Scheme at MediaGamma, a new company that brings advanced technologies into the online display advertising market. Upon completion of his secondment, Shuai was employed by MediaGamma as a full-time Data Scientist.
David Stefan is an EngD candidate in Urban Sustainability and Resilience at UCL. His dissertation focuses on IT systems supporting complex sustainability decisions. David is passionate about using technology to help make difficult choices, particularly those that involve large uncertainty. He believes that technology, if used craftily, can help to understand the impacts of some of the toughest decisions. David’s love of sailing has developed into a great interest in marine navigation technology and how advances in social networks and community mapping could improve the enjoyment and safety at sea. He wishes to transfer his expertise in software architecture and decision analysis to the maritime community through developing modern sea pilot and mapping applications. David was on secondment through the BITE Industry Exchange Award Scheme at the Department for Transport Maritime Resilience group. David is currently negotiating the terms of a follow-up contract with the department to continue this development as part of a project jointly funded by the DfT and UCL Advances.
Maria Ionescu has received her BEng in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from UCL in 2010 and her MRes in Photonics Systems Development from UCL in 2011. She is currently pursuing her PhD with the Optical Networks Group on the topic of Digital Signal Processing for sensing in Software Defined Optical Networks, under the supervision of Dr Benn Thomsen. Her current research interests include performance monitoring, coherent optical communication, digital signal processing and estimation theory. Maria was on secondment through the BITE Industry Exchange Award Scheme at Xtera Communications, one of the world-leading equipment providers for long-haul submarine and terrestrial optical communications systems. Upon completion of her secondment, Maria was offered a permanent, full-time position at Xtera working as a Photonics Engineer.
Yotam Doron is a final year EngD student at UCL’s Department of Computer Science and in the VEIV Doctoral Training Centre, supervised by Professor Jan Kautz. He previously completed an MSc in Computer Graphics, Vision and Imaging, also at UCL. His research is on interactive computer vision for image editing tasks. Specific research topics include image matting, which aims to accurately separate a selected foreground object from the background in a photograph, and semi-automatic reconstruction of depth from image sequences, where automatic correspondence and user annotations are combined to model the geometry of a scene. Yotam was on secondment through the BITE Industry Exchange Award at The Foundry, a developer of software for the visual effects and 3D design industries.
Phu (Winson) Lam
Winson Lam received the BSc degree in Biomedical Science in 2011, and an MSc degree in Nanotechnology in 2012 at University College London (UCL). In the pursuit of his PhD degree, he joined the MBE group of the photonics division at the Electronic and Electrical Engineering department at UCL. His research interests consist of investigating the properties of quantum dot materials for III-V photonic components, such as solar cells and photodetectors. He has published his research results on quantum dot solar cells in several international journals. Winson was on secondment through the BITE industry Exchange Award Scheme at CIP Technologies, an organisation specialising in photonic hybrid integration which was recently acquired by the telecommunications giant, Huawei. Upon completion of his secondment, Winson returned to UCL to finish his PhD and is currently exploring opportunities to continue this research work.
Qi Jiang received the BSc degree in electronics from the University of Sheffield, Yorkshire in 2004, and the MSc degree in a joint venture between University of Sheffield and University of Leeds in 2005. He received his PhD degree in quantum dot lasers and superluminescent diodes from the department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering in Sheffield. He has also worked for the department of Physics at the University of Sheffield. He is currently a Research Associate at University College London where he is working on the integration of Group IV and III–V photonics. Qi was granted a BITE Industry Exchange Award to carry out a secondment at CIP/Huawei, an organisation which is focussed on the research and development of InP optoelectronic chips for use in current and future Huawei Technologies optical communication products. Upon completion of his secondment, Qi returned to UCL to finalise this work and is exploring opportunities for follow-up employment.
Yu Liu is a first year PhD research student in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at University College London. He graduated with an MSc in Internet Engineering at UCL with distinction. He also acquired a BEng degree in Communication Engineering at Sun Yat-sen University in China. He has a wide range of industrial experience and has worked for leading technology companies in China and Thailand, such as Baidu and Loxley. His current research focuses on the development and usage of software defined radio and wireless mesh networks. Yu was granted a BITE Industry Exchange Award to carry out a secondment at Climate Connected Benefit Society (CCBS), a social enterprise which develops, campaigns, funds and delivers projects to improve the livelihoods of rural communities across the developing world. Upon completion of his secondment, Yu returned to UCL to continue his research in wireless mesh networks while concurrently being involved in a number of similar projects aimed at capturing agricultural sensor data across rural communities.