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Sir David Brown, Chairman of Motorola Ltd, receiving an honorary degree from the University of Bath in July 2004
Sir David Brown, Chairman of Motorola Ltd, receiving an honorary degree from the University of Bath in July 2004
Harry Nyquist pioneered many of the advances in communications technology during the early part of the 20th Century
Harry Nyquist pioneered many of the advances in communications technology during the early part of the 20th Century

Press Release - 03 February 2005

New laboratories make University a leading centre for telecommunication, space and radio research

Three new research laboratories costing over £1 million that will put the University of Bath at the forefront of telecommunications, space and radio engineering research will be opened next week by the Chairman of Motorola Ltd.

The laboratories will be opened by Sir David Brown on Monday (7 February 2005) and will provide new facilities for research that is helping develop new generations of mobile phone equipment, increasing the accuracy of satellite (GPS) navigation and monitoring the Earth’s atmosphere.

Sir David Brown, Chairman of Motorola Ltd, said, “It is a great honour for Motorola to be linked with the University of Bath’s prestigious Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering through these new laboratories.

“We very much look forward to working with the team here to strengthen the seamless relationship between the academic and industrial worlds which is so important to the future development of mobile telecommunications and other technologies.

“These new laboratories also confirm the excellent reputation of the electronic and electrical engineering teaching and research at the University of Bath.”

Together the three laboratories will be known as the ‘Nyquist Laboratory Suite’ in honour of the Swedish-American engineer, Harry Nyquist, who pioneered many of the advances in communications technology during the early part of the 20th Century.

The suite will be made up of the Herschel Laboratory, the Shannon Laboratory and the Motorola Advanced Communications Laboratory – the latter in recognition of the strong links between the University and Motorola, a global leader in wireless, broadband and automotive communications.

The new laboratories are part of the continued expansion of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and represent a significant addition to the existing research base.

Student applications for places on undergraduate courses in the Department have also increased over recent years, bucking a national trend which saw overall applications for electronic and electrical engineering courses fall by about nine per cent (UCAS figures).

“The Nyquist Laboratory Suite will strengthen our position as a leading centre for electronic and electrical engineering research and the Motorola Laboratory will reinforce still further our already close research collaboration with Motorola,” said Professor John Taylor, Head of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University.

“In addition to the provision of laboratory equipment and financial support for research projects, Motorola staff have been involved in the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes offered by the University – both in terms of delivering lecture courses centred on the technologies and techniques used in the mobile phone industry and the supervision of student projects.

“We have a strong record for working with industry on research that is helping to underpin the future development of electronic technologies both here and around the world. These advances play an important role in our everyday lives, and researchers here have a leading role in helping shape the technologies of the future.

“We also have an excellent reputation for research that is helping us sense and understand the atmospheric environment around us. Projects include work that is helping us to understand the effects of ‘space weather’ on the Earth, investigate clouds and lightning and measure the winds and waves that dominate the atmosphere at the edge of space.”

New equipment will also be available to researchers including a state-of-the-art ‘channel sounder’, an instrument which measures the properties and quality of wireless communications channels. This instrument, developed for the University by QinetiQ, and insured for over £800,000, is one of only a handful of its type in the UK and will help researchers develop and assess wireless network technologies and new generations of mobile phone systems.

To help maximise the effective use of space on the campus, the laboratory has been built on top of one of the existing University buildings using special light-weight materials and construction techniques.

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