Science and Innovation Minister Chris Skidmore recently announced £446 million for 75 Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) to ensure the next generation of doctoral level students are equipped to tackle research and innovation challenges across the engineering and physical sciences landscape.

Sidney Fellows are part of the successful Cambridge bids. Congratulations in particular to Professor Abir Al-Tabbaa, one of the Engineering Fellows, for leading a successful bid for a CDT in Future Infrastructure and the Built Environment: Resilience in a Changing World. The centre will lead the transformation in the resilience of our infrastructure through the creation of an inspirational doctoral training programme for talented cohorts from diverse academic and social backgrounds to conduct world-class, cutting-edge industry-relevant research. The goal is to develop the infrastructure professionals of the future, equipped with a versatile and cross-disciplinary skillset to meet the most complex emerging challenges and contribute effectively to better infrastructure decision-making in the UK.

Professor Richard Penty is the Research Director and Cambridge lead for the CDT in Connected Electronic and Photonic Systems which is a collaboration between UCL and the University of Cambridge. The new Centre aims to train researchers to train researchers who are able to carry out world-leading research treating wireless, photonic, electronic and sensor technologies as integral components, circuits and systems on which the next generation of digital technologies depend.  The research will be a key enabler of the hardware for the big data, blockchain, edge computing, immersive experience, Internet of Things (IoT), and Industry 4.0 systems of the future.

Between them, the centres will train over 120 fully funded PhD students over the next 5 years.



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