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Open Day-EPSRC Ultra-Parallel Visible Light Communications(UP-VLC)Programme

UP-VLC Programme Grant Collaboration

Wednesday, 4 May 2016 from 12:00 to 19:00 (BST)

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(Featuring keynote speaker: Nobel Laureate Professor Hiroshi Amano)


Wednesday, 4 May 2016

The Royal Academy of Engineering, Prince Phillip House, 3 Carlton House Terrace

London SW1Y 5DG



We invite you to join us at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London for an Open Day to highlight the work of the EPSRC Programme Grant ‘Ultra-parallel visible light communications (UP-VLC)’. This five-year programme, involving a partnership between the Universities of Strathclyde, Edinburgh, St Andrew’s, Oxford and Cambridge, is exploring the implications of LED-based solid state lighting technology for a new form of communications infrastructure based on visible light. This encompasses applications to both ‘LiFi’ (networked optical wireless technology) and ‘guided wave’ (polymer optical fibre and polymer waveguide backplane) data communications. In particular, this programme focuses on the development and demonstration of multi-Gb/s communications systems taking advantage of novel device technology, new developments in data encoding and spatial and wavelength multiplexing. The programme of talks will be accompanied by a range of practical demonstration of the programme’s technology. We will be joined by our keynote speaker, the 2014 Nobel Laureate in Physics, Professor Hiroshi Amano (Nagoya University, Japan). The event is free to attend and open to all.



12:00     Arrival and lunch/viewing of demos


13:00     UP-VLC and the digitisation of lighting: Professor Martin Dawson, University of Strathclyde

13:30     Li-Fi: conceptions, misconceptions and opportunities: Professor Harald Haas, University of Edinburgh

14:00     Data encoding and spatial multiplexing for VLC: Professor Dominic O’Brien, University of Oxford

14:30     WDM and colour conversion for VLC: Professor Ifor Samuel, University of St Andrews

15:00     Guided-wave visible light datacom: Professor Ian White, University of Cambridge


15:30     Refreshment break and viewing of demos


16:30     Keynote Talk:
Lighting the Earth by LEDs:
Professor Hiroshi Amano, Nobel Laureate in Physics 2014 (hosted by Professor Dame Ann Dowling, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering


17:30     Drinks reception and viewing of demos


19:00     Close

Do you have questions about Open Day-EPSRC Ultra-Parallel Visible Light Communications(UP-VLC)Programme? Contact UP-VLC Programme Grant Collaboration

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The Royal Academy of Engineering
Prince Phillip House
3 Carlton House Terrace
SW1Y 5DG London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 4 May 2016 from 12:00 to 19:00 (BST)

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UP-VLC Programme Grant Collaboration

UP-VLC is an ambitious EPSRC-Funded £4.6 million Programme Grant, running from October 2012 to February 2017, which is exploring prospectively transformative technology for optical communications. The vision of UP-VLC is built on the unique capabilities of gallium nitride (GaN) optoelectronics to combine optical communications with lighting functions, and especially on the capability to implement new forms of spatial multiplexing, where individual elements in high-density arrays of GaN based light emitting diodes (LEDs) provide independent communications channels, but can combine as displays. We envisage ultra-high data density - potentially Tb/s/mm2 - arrays of LEDs driven via CMOS control electronics in novel addressing and encoding schemes and in compact and versatile forms.

The project is a partnership between 6 research groups at 5 institutions: University of Strathclyde, University of Edinburgh, University of Oxford, University of St Andrews, University of Cambridge. It is led by Professor M.D. Dawson of the University of Strathclyde and mentored by an advisory group chaired by Professor  P. Blood of Cardiff University.

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