Institute of Communications and Connected Systems


Online Seminar | Doing hardware research in a software company

06 May 2020, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

Microsoft Office

In the second of our online seminars, Dr Benn Thomsen will talk about his experience undertaking hardware research at Microsoft, a company better known for software.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

UCL staff | UCL students | Invitation Only






Robert Thompson – Institute of Communications and Connected Systems


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Recording available

Members of the UCL Institute of Communications and Connected Systems can access the recording of this seminar in the member's area of the Institute website (requires UCL Login)

Doing hardware research in a software company

Within this seminar, Dr Thomsen (previously reader in UCL Electronic and Electrical Engineering) will talk about the challenges and benefits of doing research into new hardware and systems for the cloud in a company that is better known for its expertise in software.

ICCS Chair

This session will be chaired by Professor Izzat Darwazeh, Director of the Institute of Communications and Connected Systems

Attending the seminar 

The Seminar will be held on the Zoom platform. Details of how to access Zoom can be found on their website.

Join the seminar by clicking on this link.
The meeting ID is: 988 1247 3148
Meeting Password: Will be emailed to ICCS members, or can be requested by email. 

About the ICCS online seminar series

The ICCS seminar series is designed to bring together members of our community who are currently away from our home in Bloomsbury and distributed across the world. The Seminars are being curated to provide academic exploration and inspiration, offering insights into a range of topics surrounding communications and connected systems. Topics will either explore subjects close to the work of our academics or introduce wider concepts from experts in the global academic and industrial community.

If you wish to suggest a future topic or speaker please use the link below, speakers could be from academia, industry, within ICCS/UCL or from further a field.


The seminar will begin with a presentation aimed at a technical audience, but at a level that will be accessible to those from a range of engineering disciplines. Speakers have been asked to end their presentations with a technical challenge or delving deeper into the content to engage those more invested in the topic. 

The seminar series is designed to offer a compact exploration of ranging topics and is therefore short in format. The presentation will run for 15 - 30 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of questions.
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About the Speaker

Dr Benn Thomsen

Senior Principal Researcher at Microsoft research

Benn Thomsen joined Microsoft Research in 2017 where he works on optical systems for networking and storage in next generation cloud computing systems.

Before joining Microsoft he was a reader in Optical Communications at UCL from 2004-2017. His research was in physical layer implementation of dynamic optical networks and optical transmission systems including: digital signal processing for burst mode optical receivers, optical networking for data centres and the use of MIMO techniques for transmission over multimode optical fibres.

More about Dr Benn Thomsen