Scientist picked to take part in tech meet

Monday, 27 December 2004, 08:00 Hrs
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LONDON: A top scientist from Northern Ireland has been selected to take part in a key conference in January aimed at boosting technology business between Britain and India.

The University of Ulster's Professor Gerard Parr will help to develop international links likely to pave the way for joint initiatives between the university and Indian institutes and companies.

Parr, who holds the Chair in Telecommunications Engineering at the University's Coleraine campus, was nominated by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Britain's premier engineering research body.

The major information and computer technology conference is being organised by the British High Commission in New Delhi.

The conference is a key element in the mission's Science and Technology programme, which has been devised to identify and facilitate bilateral collaboration between Indian and British researchers in defined fields.

His nomination by EPSRC will involve him attending and delivering a series of technology lectures.

"I am encouraged by this prestigious nomination which is made all the more significant by the fact that it came from EPSRC," said Parr.

"This initiative by the British High Commission in India will feed directly into our own expansion plans for ICT at our Coleraine campus, in terms of developing further international collaborations on our PhD and MSc portfolio on wireless communications research and intelligent 'zero touch' network management."

Source: IANS
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