UCL Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering


EEE Festival of Research and the Mildner Lecture 2024

20 May 2024, 12:45 pm–7:00 pm

Image of Dr Francesca Boem presenting at the Festival of Research 2023

UCL Electronic and Electrical Engineering (EEE) invites all our friends, colleagues, collaborators and members of the public, to explore the research being undertaken within our world-leading department and celebrate our continuing advancement of knowledge.

This event is free.

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UCL Electronic and Electrical Engineering

UCL Electronic and Electrical Engineering (EEE) is a centre of world-class research. At the EEE Festival of Research we will inform and inspire with research posters, academic talks, and opportunities for networking - culminating in our biennial invited Mildner Lecture.


12:30Registration opensJeremy Bentham Room
13:00 - 15:50Poster PresentationsWilkins Cloisters
13:00 - 14:00Talks: EEE as a critical technology for the nation - session 1Haldane Room
15:00 - 16:00Talks: EEE as a critical technology for the nation - session 2Haldane Room
16:00 - 17:00Networking receptionWilkins North Terrace
17:15The Mildner Lecture 2024 with award ceremonyDarwin Lecture Theatre

A detailed agenda can be found here

Following the Mildner lecture is a celebratory dinner for attendance by invite only. This will be at Senate House (University of London) close to campus, the meal will begin at approximately 7pm.

Poster Presentations

A highlight of the day is our poster presentations delivered by the entirety of our research student cohort. With Centres for Doctoral Training across subjects including Photonics, Quantum Technologies and Advanced Materials Characterisation, along with students undertaking research across the breadth of our work, this session will engage you in research and outputs that are developing the future of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and it’s applications. 

This session is also open to members of the public with an interest in the technical nuances of electronic and electrical engineering, so join us for an afternoon of knowledge gathering and innovation.

The poster list can be found here.

Academic Talks

In early 2024, the Government Department for Science Innovation and Technology announced five critical technologies for the UK. EEE as a discipline is uniquely placed to research, innovate and inform within these technologies.

Within our two academic talk sessions we will explore the work academics at UCL Electronic and Electrical Engineering are undertaking in relation to these technologies.

13:00: EEE as a critical technology for the nation: session 1
Chair: Dr Martyn Fice

Microelectronics and microsystems for real-time monitoring of biomolecules Dr Sara Ghoreishizadeh| Lecturer in Electronic Engineering

In regards to Engineering Biology as a key aspect of any technology that is critical to the UK, Dr Sara Ghoreishizadeh will discuss groundbreaking research into the development of microelectronics and microsystems, aiming to revolutionise real-time monitoring of biomolecules for applications in healthcare, biotechnology, and beyond. View Dr Sara Ghoreishizadeh's profile here.

Atomic Scale Fabrication for Silicon Quantum Information Technologies Dr Taylor Stock | Lecturer in Electronic Engineering

In relation to the area of Quantum Technology that is critical to the UK, Dr Taylor Stock will delve into the realm of atomic-scale fabrication techniques tailored for Silicon Quantum Information Technologies, offering insights into the forefront of quantum innovation and its potential impact on future technological landscapes. View Dr Taylor Stock's profile here.

Integrated Photonics - a Key Enabling Technology for the Modern World

Prof Michael Wale | Professor of Integrated Photonics

Concerning the subject of Semiconductors as a key aspect of any technology that is critical to the UK, Prof Michael Wale will explain the pivotal role of Integrated Photonics, showcasing its significance as a foundational technology shaping the modern world's technological landscape. View Prof Michael Wale's profile here.

15:00: EEE as a critical technology for the nation: session 2
Chair: Prof John Mitchell

Engineering Solution Processed Semiconductors for Next Generation Energy ConversionDr Tom Macdonald | Associate Professor/Royal Society URF

Concerning the Sustainable Environment as a key aspect of any technology that is critical to the UK, Dr Tom Macdonald will speak on pioneering advancements in semiconductors, addressing the urgent need for sustainable energy solutions. View Dr Tom Macdonald's profile here.

Who Let the Smart Toaster Hack the House? Exploring Security and Privacy Risks in AI-driven Connected DevicesDr Anna Maria Mandalari | Lecturer in Communications & Networking

In relation to the critical technology Artificial Intelligence (AI), Dr Anna Maria Mandalari will delve into the intricate landscape of security and privacy risks inherent in AI-driven connected devices, shedding light on the vulnerabilities that accompany our interconnected digital world. View Dr Anna Maria Mandalari's profile here.

Intelligent Optical Networks for the Cloud and Beyond
Prof Polina Bayvel | ICCS Co-director/Professor of Optical Communications

In regards to Future Telecommunications as a key aspect of any technology that is critical to the UK, Prof Polina Bayvel will delve into the realm of Intelligent Optical Networks, exploring their transformative potential in shaping communication infrastructures for the cloud era, now and in the future. View Prof Polina Bayvel's profile here.

Networking reception

Following the talks and poster presentations, we will hold a reception in the UCL Jeremy Bentham Room. The reception provides an opportunity for our members of the department and partners across academia and industry to congratulate and network with the research students who will have spent the earlier part of the day presenting their posters.

Awards Ceremony and the Mildner Lecture

Following an afternoon exploring EEE’s research, guests and members of the Department will move to the Darwin Lecture Theatre. The Head of Department, Professor Sarah Spurgeon, will welcome guests followed by the presentation of the following awards:

The Fabrizio Lombardi Prize

Awarded for the best thesis of a recently graduated PhD student, in honour of Professor Fabrizo Lombardi, former MSc and PhD student of the department.

Cullen Prize

Awarded for the best student poster, in memory of Professor Alexander Cullen, former head of department and Faraday Medal recipient.

Mildner Memorial Lecture 2024

Presented by Alan Newby MSc CEng FREng FIMechE FRAeS
Director of Aerospace Technology and Future Programmes at Rolls-Royce

Image of Alan Newby of Rolls-Royce

Alan is the Director of Aerospace Technology and Future Programmes at Rolls-Royce. In this role he leads the integration of new product development across the aerospace businesses globally and optimising product and technology strategy. He also has accountability for the formulation and the delivery of the supporting research and technology programmes many of which involve global collaborations.

Prior to this he held a number of engineering leadership roles throughout the product lifecycle both in the UK and overseas. These included EVP Technology and Future Programmes, Engineering Director Rolls-Royce Deutschland based in Berlin, and Chief Engineer on the collaborative IAE V2500 engine. He joined Rolls-Royce in 1987 having worked on steam turbine design with NEI Parsons in Newcastle.

External appointments include non-Executive Director of the Henry Royce Institute and Aerospace Technology Institute and Chair of the Derby Branch of the Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust.


About the Mildner Memorial Lecture

The Mildner Lecture is held biennially in memory of Raymond Charles Mildner [1907-1977] who, having obtained a BSc (Eng) [1927] and an MSc (Eng) [1931] from UCL, started his distinguished research career as the holder of the Robert Blair Fellowship. He made major contributions to the technology of power and communication cables, his work spanning an interdisciplinary spectrum from electromagnetic theory through to materials science. In 1969 he was empowered by the Dow Chemical Company to nominate the recipient of a $2,500 gift. He nominated the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at UCL and the then Head of Department, Professor Alex Cullen FRS, instituted the Mildner Lecture. The first Lecture was given by Harold Barlow in 1972.

Alongside the Mildner Lecture, we also celebrate the current research of the Department with a Research Poster Display. The research work carried out by both postgraduate and post-doctoral researchers is a vital element of all leading research departments and we showcase presentations of the work of our staff, Masters, PhD, and EngD researchers.