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Steering Group

Steering Group

We are a group of six academics from leading research groups across the UK who are joined by representatives from the commercial sector, in order to maintain industrial relevance. For more information on Steering Group members please follow the links to their profiles below.

Academic Steering Group Members

Professor Anthony O'Neill

Newcastle University

Chair of eFutures

Anthony O'Neill joined Newcastle University in 1986, having previously worked at Plessey Research (Caswell) Ltd. He has been Siemens Professor of Microelectronics since 1996. He took a leading role in establishing eFutures, an EPSRC network aiming to maximise the impact of UK electronics research. His current research interests include: (i) integrating new materials with silicon for new/improved functionality, e.g. ferroelectrics; (ii) electrical and material properties of interfaces, e.g. improved conductivity at metal semiconductor contacts, improving electronic current in SiC MOSFETs (iii) engineering physical bio/electronic interfaces, e. g. optoelectrode arrays to control epilepsy using optogenetics, microelectrode systems for probing motor neuron disease; In 1994 he was Visiting Scientist at MIT, Cambridge, Ma, USA. In 2002 He became Royal Society Industry Fellow at Atmel, UK. He was a Visiting Professor at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland in 2009 and at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia in 2017. He is the director of nanoLAB, Newcastle’s nano science and technology research centre and a director of the National Microelectronics Institute.

Professor Steve Furber

The University of Manchester

Professor Steve Furber CBE FRS FREng is ICL Professor of Computer Engineering in the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester, UK. After completing a BA in mathematics and a PhD in aerodynamics at the University of Cambridge, UK, he spent the 1980s at Acorn Computers, where he was a principal designer of the BBC Microcomputer and the ARM 32-bit RISC microprocessor. Over 60 billion variants of the ARM processor have since been manufactured, powering much of the world's mobile and embedded computing. He moved to the ICL Chair at Manchester in 1990 where he leads research into asynchronous and low-power systems and, more recently, neural systems engineering, where the SpiNNaker project is delivering a computer incorporating a million ARM processors optimised for brain modelling applications.

Professor Steve Hall

Professor Steve Hall has interests spanning device physics to gate level circuits with over 200 conference and journal papers in these areas. He has been the principle investigator on projects funded by EPSRC, EU, MoD and TSB.. He was Technical Programme Chair of ESSDERC 2008, Guest editor of selected papers in Solid-State Electronics and currently sits on the Steering and programme committees of ESSDERC/ESSCIRC and INFOS, respectively the largest electronics and dielectric conferences in Europe. He is active in the EU Networks of Excellence FP6 SINANO, FP7 NANOSIL, participated in the major FP6 Integrated Project PULLNANO and is a founder member of the European SINANO Institute. He is an associate editor of IEEE Electron Device Letters, a Fellow of the IET, a Chartered Engineer and a Senior Member of IEEE. He was Head of the EEE Department from 2001 to 2009.

Professor Andrew Brown

Professor Andrew Brown holds an established chair in Electronics at Southampton, and was the head of Electronic System Design Group in the School of Electronics and Computer Science until 2007. He has been a member of academic staff in the Department since 1980. He has worked at IBM Hursley Park (UK) and Siemens NeuPerlach (Munich) as a Visiting Scientist, Multiple Access Communications Ltd as part of the Senior Academics in Industry scheme, and has held Visiting Chair positions at NTNU Trondheim (Norway), University of Cambridge (UK) and the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland). He has published over a hundred and fifty papers in the field of design automation. He is a Fellow of the IET, a Chartered Engineer, a Senior Member of the IEEE, a Fellow of the BCS and a registered European Engineer. He has been involved in three spin-outs, all as a founding director: Horus Systems Ltd (1985), LME Design Automation (2000) (where he was awarded a two-year Royal Society Industrial Fellowship) and ECSPartners (2003).

Professor Roger Woods

Professor Roger Woods leads the Programmable Systems Laboratory at Queen's University, Belfast with a £2M portfolio of grants from EPSRC, EU, NSF/Ireland funding. During the 1990's, he designed a number of innovative demonstrator chips that were commercialised and since then research interests have included heterogeneous computing architectures involving FPGAs for bioinformatics, data servers, defence and security. He has published over 190 papers. He is currently a member of the advisory board to the IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Committee on the Design and Implementation of Signal Processing Systems and a past chairman of the IET’s Executive Team of the Technical and Professional Network on Microelectronics and Embedded Systems. In 2008, he co- founded Analytics Engines and acts as their Chief Scientist. He has acted as expert on STEM to the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Professor David Cumming

Prof David Cumming is Head of Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering at the University of Glasgow. He set up the Microsystem Technology Group that he has run successfully since 1999. In that time he has attracted some £15M as PI and published 175 articles. He is currently PI on EPSRC programme grant EP/K021966/1, The Multicorder, and PI on 4 more standard grants, as well as being Co-Investigator of 2 further programme grants and a standard grant. He has a well-established track record in working with industry including e2v, Selex, Texas Instruments and STMicroelectronics. In 2008 he joined US start-up Ion Torrent as a scientific adviser to commercialise sensor technology he pioneered as an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow. Ion Torrent now holds 68 % of the global bench-top gene sequencing market. In 2012 he joined the Scottish Science Advisory Council. He is an associate editor of IEEE Trans. Biomedical Engineering, and an Editor for Phil. Trans A of the Royal Society. He is also on the Programme Committee for several international conferences including MNE, EIPBN and IEEE NEMS. He holds a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award and is FIEEE, FIET.

Industrial Steering Group Members

Professor Ian Phillips

 Formerly of ARM Ltd, UK

I retired in December 2016, after more than 50 years in the Electronic and Electronic Systems Industry, the greater part of which was as a Microelectronic Design Engineer and Manager. My final post was Principal Staff Engineer at ARM Ltd, UK. where I had an open research interface and technology incubation brief, bringing me into close contact with the UK and European Governments Agencies and Academic Research bodies pertaining. In my retirement I am a Visiting Professor at the universities of Liverpool and Plymouth; a Member of Council of the IET; and do invited talks on a number of topics of which I have acquired experience. I am still a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the IET and IMA, and a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Dr Alastair McGibbon


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Mr Ivor Evans


Ivor joined Cambridge Silicon Radio in April 2001. He was born in London and graduated in 1984 with a B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Sussex. He began his career at the GEC Hirst Research Centre that year working on the development of a 1.5µm silicon-on-sapphire process with emphasis on process integration and device modelling. In 1988 he left GEC to join LSI Logic Ltd as they ramped up their UK facility. In 1991 he moved on to Austrian Micro-Systems in Austria working on the modelling and specification of their mixed-signal CMOS and BICMOS technology platforms. He joined CSR in April 2001, where he is now VP of Product Engineering. Mr Evans is a member of the IEEE.

Mr Nigel Rix

 Knowledge Transfer Network


I work for the Knowledge Transfer Network - heading up the team covering Enabling Technologies - primarily Electronics, Sensors and Photonics.

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) helps businesses get the best out of creativity, ideas and the latest discoveries, to strengthen the UK economy and improve people’s lives.  KTN links new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines in-depth knowledge in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries.

We are the network partner of Innovate UK and help companies access Innovate UK funding for innovation and hte UK research base.

My personal interests are Smart Systems, Embedded AI, IoT

I am also part of the H2020 project inSSIght
This helps European industries active in the Smart Systems Sector .