Institute of Communications and Connected Systems


Online Seminar | Internet for all - what a journey, what a destination, and still some way to go

21 July 2021, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

Futuristic image of someone pushing a phone application that seems to be hovering in the air

Dr Mike Short, Chief Scientific Adviser in the UK Government will provide this final seminar of the 2020/21 academic year. A 30 year veteran of the Telecommunications industry Mike will explore the journey the sector has come along, and the challenges that still remain.

This event is free.

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All | UCL staff | UCL students






Robert Thompson – Institute of Communications and Connected Systems

Internet for all - what a journey, what a destination, and still some way to go 

Mobile and Internet are two of the biggest inventions of the last century. How did we get to where we are today and what still needs to be done? More than Voice to Volume, Value and Variety of services.

Dr Mike Short, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department for International Trade and 30 year veteran of the communications industry will reflect on the journey traversed by the mobile communication industry: 25 years of messaging; 20 years of camera phones; 15 years of smartphones; E-Commerce and data-driven investment; the rise and rise of Social media; the shift from Distributed to Cloud Computing; the response to the Pandemic; and the link to all the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals

Given all these developments still, 50 % of the world is not connected to the Internet. Mike will go to explore the new driving forces today towards innovation, inclusion, and more investment, new Research challenges and the role of Government, Universities and Industry. What priorities lie ahead in governmental and International innovation strategies? 

About the speaker 

ICCS Chair

This session will be chaired by: Izzat Darwazeh

Attending the seminar 

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

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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 Mike Short CBE

Chief Scientific Advisor at Department for International Trade, UK Government

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Dr Mike Short CBE, after 30 years in telecommunications with Telefonica, joined the Department for International Trade as the Department’s first Chief Scientific Adviser in December 2017. Mike leads the science and engineering profession in the department and ensures its policy is informed by the best science, engineering and technical advice. He advises on the technical aspects of future trade deals as DIT looks to create new arrangements following Brexit, and works with the UK’s research and innovation communities to boost scientific and engineering exports, including areas such as AI, Quantum and other technical areas of international trade.  He also sits on Councils of InnovateUK (part of UKRI) ,and Healthcare UK . He has helped UCL in various areas of Research (eg PETRAS/ iSense ) and has been an occasional lecturer/ external examiner on Telecomms MSc programmes. He is also a  Visiting Professor at Surrey / Leeds / and Salford Universities and a Board member for UK5G and Scottish 5G. 


Mike has over 40 years’ experience in electronics and telecommunications and served as Vice President of Telefonica, the parent company of the 02 mobile phone network, for 17 years to December 2016. In this post, he managed the transition from Analogue 1G , and the UK launch of 2G (GSM) and 3G mobile technologies and led 4G/5G research and development for Telefonica Europe. His career also includes the promotion of international technical standards in mobile technology, and he is also a former Chairman of the Global GSM Association, the UK Mobile Data Association, and President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).  He was honoured with a CBE in 2012 for his services to the mobile industry.

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