CDT in Connected Electronic and Photonic Systems

Lead Research Organisation: University College London
Department Name: Electronic and Electrical Engineering


This is a 1+3 year programme consisting of a 1 year MRes and 3 year PhD. Students will spend the first year of the programme being trained in a broad range of enabling skills at both University of Cambridge and UCL, which will equip them to become leading edge researchers in the field. A Master's degree (MRes) will be awarded on completion of the first year programme. Students will then register at either University of Cambridge or UCL for a 3-year PhD degree, working on projects defined by research groups active in photonics from across both universities.

First MRes project
Dates: Nov 2019 - May 2020
Supervisor: Prof Tim Wilkinson, University of Cambridge.
Topic: Unusual display modes using holographic projection.
Aims & methodology: The technique of holographic projection allows the arbitrary control of the illumination source through the process of diffraction in both two and three dimensions. This allows a whole range of different display modes to be created from projection onto unusual surfaces to TIR and waveguide based systems. This type of display has significant potential in commercial areas such as advertising, where the visual impact or appearance of the display is as important as the content in attracting attention.
The main aim of this project is to use an existing holographic projection system to create a high visual impact display which in some way challenges the viewer in a way that is unexpected or out of the ordinary, to create a projected image or illusion in an unexpected way. A key skill required in this project will be a willingness to experiment with different display architectures (such as rear vs front projection) combined with the holographic technique to create a new type or style of visual impact. Other elements such as the environment and materials (i.e. water/ steam etc) could also be part of this overall design process.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/S022139/1 01/10/2019 31/03/2028
2249444 Studentship EP/S022139/1 01/10/2019 30/09/2023 Jana Skirnewskaja